Open Rank Professor, National Security Initiative

Position Description & Details: DescriptionThe University of North Dakota (UND) is searching to hire up to three Assistant, Associate or Full Professor faculty members with expertise in national security who can contribute to one or more of the following programs/departments: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, or Chemical Engineering. These will be 9-month positions and may be tenure-track or an offer of tenure may be made based on a candidate’s documented record of achievement and subject to approval from the Department, College, University, and the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to UND’s National Security Initiative, which is a campus-wide effort to grow our portfolio of research and education programs related to space and national security. This position is contingent upon availability of funding. This position will be primarily on campus (not remote).

Successful candidates will be appointed to a faculty position in the academic department most appropriate to their area of expertise, which is expected to be in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, or the Department of Chemical Engineering.   Special consideration will be given to candidates in the fields of sensors, satellite and aerial communication, microwave and radio wave circuits and systems, cyber security, edge computing, autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, big data, aerospace structures, aerospace vehicles, aerospace dynamics and control, aerospace materials and coatings, and computational propulsion or aerodynamics. Exceptionally qualified candidates may be considered for two endowed positions: the Terry and Diane Severson Endowed Professor of National Security in Electrical Engineering and the Mark and Claudia Thompson Endowed Fellowship in National Security in Mechanical Engineering.

Duties & Responsibilities Successful applicants must possess a demonstrated dedication to excellence in engineering education and the potential to develop an externally funded research program.  The successful applicant will have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills. The successful applicant will have the following primary responsibilities and duties:

    Instruction and research in the areas of Space and National Security Teaching up to a 2/2 course load in their discipline, both on-campus and at-a-distance, potentially including both classroom and laboratory settings.  Initial appointment may include a reduced teaching load to initiate research activity.Advising students in course planning and fulfilling graduation requirements.Communicating effectively in English with students, families, faculty, staff and other professional colleagues in person and at-a-distance (phone, email, etc.)Utilizing computer hardware and software to carry out teaching, research, and service responsibilities to their departmentOperating laboratory equipment and instrumentation appropriate to the candidate’s fieldParticipating in school, college/university, and professional service activitiesConducting engineering scholarly activities including grant preparation and submission, mentoring of graduate student researchers, publication of results, and development of an externally funded research program
Required Competencies:
    Broad knowledge of academic and commercial development relevant to emerging space, national security, and autonomous systems capability needsBroad knowledge of emerging national security needs and associated basic and applied Science and Technology programsProven ability to operate effectively as a team player and leader who works effectively with superiors, peers, and subordinates and has strong interpersonal skills, independent judgment, and deep understanding of space operations or space acquisition programsDeep understanding of the organization, leadership structure, and decision-making process of the U.S. Department of Defense Ability to obtain a security clearance and work on classified researchProvide official transcripts (required if selected for appointment)
Minimum Requirements:
    PhD degree in a relevant engineering, science, or computing disciplineThis position requires U.S. Citizenship due to federal government contract(s)Experience in the Space and/or National Security applications of engineering or computer scienceSuccessful completion of criminal history records check.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identify and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications
    Assistant Professor candidates must meet the school/college/university standards for appointment to the rank, including significant experience/accomplishments in the candidate’s area of expertise. Associate/Full Professor candidates must also meet State Board of Higher Education guidelines for consideration of tenure. Full Professor candidates must also have national distinction, international recognition, and a substantial scholarly record in candidate’s area of expertise.Industrial or military experience in Space and/or National Security Teaching experience in Space and/or National Security at both the undergraduate and graduate levelExperience or demonstrated ability working with diverse groups.
Period of appointment/SalaryThe nine month appointment is expected to begin August 16, 2022.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To ApplyFor full consideration, applications must include the following materials:

    Resume 4-page statement of teaching and research interestsNames and contact information of three (3) references
Positions are open until filled.

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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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