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Aero/Space Studies - Assistant Professor

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

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Position Information: DescriptionThe Department of Space Studies seeks appointment of one faculty member at the assistant professor level, non tenure-track in the area of Space Social Sciences (including, but are not limited to: space sociology, space economics and commerce, space policy, international space relations, space diplomacy, space management). A Ph.D. is required. These positions will involve teaching, research, and service. Each successful applicant will be expected to develop and grow a research program (40% effort). It is anticipated that the teaching load will be four courses per academic year (40% effort), dependent on department needs and the level of research being conducted. Graduate student advisement, research committee membership, as well as service to the scholarly community, University, and Department is expected to constitute an additional 20% of effort.

Space Studies is a strongly interdisciplinary program featuring a Ph.D. in Aerospace Sciences, an M.S. degree in Space Studies, and an undergraduate minor. These faculty positions will enhance and complement the department’s current emphasis in space policy and law, space history, planetary science, space systems engineering, human spaceflight, and management of space organizations. The department is the lead institution in North Dakota’s NASA Space Grant consortium, as well as NASA EPSCoR.

Duties & ResponsibilitiesThe position is for an Assistant Professor with a 9-month appointment. This position will be primarily focused on teaching and research with some service. It is anticipated that the teaching load will be up to 4 courses per academic year, dependent on department needs and the level of research being conducted.

Required Competencies
    Excellent communication and collaboration skills.Ability to lead a team of academic professionals.Ability to visualize and develop research, educational and outreach programs that serve North Dakota and the space community.Excellence in diversity and inclusion practices.
Minimum Requirements
    Ph.D. in International Studies, Space Policy, Space Studies, Space Management, or related; successful completion of criminal history background check. Successful completion of criminal history records check.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 

Preferred Qualifications
    Teaching experience at graduate level.Awareness of the needs and proposal processes of potential funding agencies.Alignment of applicant’s research with departmental needs.Established history of externally funded research and publication.Active membership in national or international professional organizations.Current professional contacts within the space academic, public service, or industry communities.
Minimum Hiring SalaryCommensurate with experience.

Work Schedule/Start DateAcademic year, 9-month contract

To ApplySubmit a letter of application, CV, teaching, research, and service statements, and names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin December 20, 2021, although the position will remain open until filled.

Additional InformationTo find out why living and working in Greater Grand Forks is way cooler, check out Grand Forks is Cooler.

All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application MaterialsPursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO StatementThe University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s PreferenceVeterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery StatementIn compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.


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