Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering

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Job Title:

Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering

Requisition Number:


Department Name:

8H700:Mechanical Engineering

Work Location:

Lexington, KY

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Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Required Education:

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering or a closely related discipline.

Required Related Experience:

Candidates must have a strong record of academic scholarship and high potential for excellence in building an externally funded research program, conducting high-impact research, advising graduate students, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and providing service to the department, professional organizations, and the community

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Job Summary:

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky ( seeks candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in the area of aerospace engineering structures and materials. Exceptional candidates at the associate professor level or higher will also be considered. This faculty search is focused on identifying highly qualified candidates with demonstrated expertise in aerospace structures and materials, which may include but is not limited to: aeroelasticity; structural dynamics; in-space assembly and manufacturing; new concepts for aerospace vehicles and systems; multi-objective optimization; and meta-materials.

A candidate’s research focus should have a strong aerospace application and candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related discipline. The successful candidate will possess a strong record of research accomplishments and the capability to develop an active and nationally recognized research program. This faculty search supports the Mechanical Engineering Department’s new undergraduate and graduate degree programs in aerospace engineering scheduled to start in fall 2022.

Mechanical Engineering is the largest department in the College of Engineering with 33 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, over 1,000 undergraduate students, and over 120 graduate students.

The College has state-of-the-art computational facilities, research labs, and classrooms. The Department is engaged in federally funded research projects from agencies such as NSF, NIH, NASA, DOE, DOD, DARPA, NIST, and USDA. In addition, the department houses the NASA Kentucky Space Grant and EPSCoR programs and has research centers and consortiums that collaborate extensively with industry. The Department’s externally funded research currently averages over $11M/year in new awards.

This faculty search is part of the Department’s strategic plan, which includes expanding aerospace research and education, including new aerospace degree programs. The Department’s other strategic focus areas include autonomy, robotics, and controls; bioengineering; energy; and manufacturing. This search is targeted at faculty candidates with research expertise in aerospace engineering; however, candidates that can bridge multiple focus areas are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates must have a strong record of academic scholarship and high potential for excellence in building an externally funded research program, conducting high-impact research, advising graduate students, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and providing service to the Department, professional organizations, and the community.

The city of Lexington is ranked #3 Best City to Raise a Family, #21 Best Places to Live in America, and #31 Most Educated City in America. The University of Kentucky is the flagship university for the Commonwealth and is one of only eight universities in the United States that house colleges of agriculture, engineering, medicine, and pharmacy on a single campus.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, research statement (3-page limit, upload under Specific Request 1), teaching statement (2-page limit, upload under Specific Request 2), and contact information for 5 references when prompted in the application. We request that the teaching statement specifically address undergraduate and graduate teaching interests in aerospace engineering. The application deadline is April 1, 2021. However, review of applications will begin immediately. The desired starting date for this position is August 15, 2021.

Requests for further information regarding application procedures may be directed to Mr. Troy Howell: (859) 218-0650, [email protected]

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? :


Preferred Education/Experience:

Candidates that can further enhance the department’s collaborative environment by also bridging multiple focus areas are especially encouraged to apply

Open Until Filled:


University Community of Inclusion:

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.




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Posted: 2/20/2021
Application Due: 5/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time