Assistant/Associate Professor: Aerospace Engineering

San Diego, California
Jun 27, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Aerospace Engineering invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank.  A preference will be given to applicants in autonomous aerospace systems. The areas of interest include but are not limited to:  autonomous air or space vehicles, sensing and estimation, guidance and control, networks, multi-vehicle and swarm systems, hybrid systems, and onboard autonomy. Exceptional candidates in other areas of aerospace engineering including propulsion and structures may also be considered.  The faculty member will be expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program in his/her area of expertise, while teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Aerospace Engineering.  Applicants must have an earned PhD in Aerospace Engineering or a closely related field.  Recent graduates as well as those with industrial or university experience are welcome to apply. 

The department offers the BS and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering and participates in Joint Doctoral programs with the University of California, San Diego, and Claremont Graduate University.  The department has nationally and internationally recognized research programs in aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, structures, and guidance and control. The College of Engineering is the fastest growing of SDSU’s seven Colleges. A new state-of-the-art Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex is currently under construction to significantly expand and enhance facilities in the College. Over 95,000 square feet of new space will be added. The city of San Diego enjoys a renowned mild climate year-round and is a family-friendly urban environment. The metropolitan area is the hub of several leading industries, including major defense contractors and aerospace companies. San Diego and Southern California offer exceptional opportunities for research partnerships with extensive aerospace industry.  For additional information about the department and the university, please visit and

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.  Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status.  We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.  SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

Initial review of applicants will begin on November 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.  Expected start date is August 2018. Applicants should apply via Interfolio at Inquiries may be directed to Prof. Ping Lu, Department Chair,

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.