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Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics - Asst./Assoc. Professor - 517332

The University of Alabama

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Apply nowJob no: 517332
Work type: Regular Full-time (Benefits eligible)
Location: Tuscaloosa
Categories: Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty

214211 - Aerospace and Engineering Mechanics

Assistant/Associate Professor

Position Summary
The Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM) department is recruiting multiple tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The following areas of research expertise are to be emphasized in the search:

• Solid mechanics & materials

• Space systems, space structures

• Additive and advanced manufacturing (including in-space and point-of-need manufacturing)

Appointments to the faculty of The University of Alabama are based on the personnel requirements of the University’s academic programs and on the goal of achieving and maintaining excellence in its teaching, research, and service/academic citizenship activities.

Detailed Position Information
The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM) at The University of Alabama invites applications for multiple tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applications from candidates with appropriate experience and a strong record of scholarly productivity and impact who would seek appointment at the rank of Associate Professor are also encouraged to apply. Applicants with research interests across all domains relevant to aerospace engineering and mechanics are encouraged to apply. Candidates with particular research emphasis and interests in the areas of solid mechanics & materials, space systems, space structures, and additive and advanced manufacturing (including in-space and point-of-need manufacturing) are of particular interest for one or more of these positions and thus are strongly encouraged to apply.

The AEM Department has experienced steady growth in the undergraduate aerospace engineering program over the past decade. It has a sustained enrollment of about 500 BSAE students and has recently appeared on the ASEE list of the top 20 BSAE producers in the nation. The Department also has an active MS and PhD program in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics supporting both residential and distance education students with a total graduate enrollment of over 150 students. The applicants should build upon and/or expand the strengths of our faculty (

Candidates must demonstrate a clear potential to successfully pursue and attain grants from external funding sources and to lead a highly productive research group with significant scholarly impact. An ability to collaborate with existing faculty in the key focus areas both within the AEM Department and the College of Engineering is also highly desirable. Teaching duties will include classes at the undergraduate and graduate level in the faculty member’s area of expertise as well as courses that support the delivery and accreditation of the Department’s degree programs.

Candidates will be considered for appointment at the rank of assistant or associate professor, commensurate with their experience and qualifications and should clearly indicate the rank position they are seeking in the cover letter of their application materials. Candidates from under-represented groups in engineering are strongly encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications
Applicants must have an earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in aerospace engineering, engineering mechanics or a closely related field from an accredited institution. Applicants must have conducted prior research work and produced scholarly publications in refereed and other professional journals. Applicants must also meet all university criteria for appointment to the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

Preferred Qualifications
• PhD in Aerospace Engineering or Mechanics or a closely related field from an accredited institution.

• Post-doctoral experience or other similar post-graduate experience for candidates applying for a position as an Assistant Professor.

• Experience working in a multicultural and diverse environment.

• Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.

• For those candidates applying for Associate Professor, a strong record of both external grant funding and scholarship as demonstrated through refereed journal publications.

Instructions and Required Materials for Application
Applicants should identify their specific area(s) of research interest and the rank of the position to which they are applying in the cover letter that should accompany their application materials. In addition to the cover letter, applications should include a full curriculum vitae (CV), a statement of research interests and plans with future goals, a statement of teaching interests, and a list of at least four professional references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, with an expected start date of August 16, 2023.

For additional information regarding The University of Alabama, the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, or this search, please contact Dr. Mark Barkey, Professor and Head, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, [email protected]

About the College of Engineering
As one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering instruction, The University of Alabama has more than 175 years of engineering education experience. UA’s College of Engineering is committed to conducting leading-edge research, providing unparalleled educational opportunities and investing in students who will be the scholars and industry professionals shaping the future of the field of engineering.

Research is a critical component of our mission as the flagship university in the state of Alabama. Over the past decade, the College’s research activity has more than doubled, and the Shelby Science and Engineering Quad was completed at a cost of more than $300 million. There are 10 research centers housed under the College, spanning areas from cybersecurity to transportation, that are dedicated to making sustainable changes and an impact on local, national and global levels.

With hundreds of award-winning faculty and staff members, and a diverse offering of nationally accredited programs, facilities and resources, the College has positioned itself for success as a leader in engineering education.

About The University of Alabama
The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus.

A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. The University of Alabama has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is among the top doctoral research universities in the United States.

As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.

About Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa is so much more than a college town.

It's a vibrant community that’s filled with legendary history. Located along the Black Warrior River, the city features a walkable downtown that’s complete with live music, locally owned shops, outdoor spaces to explore and local restaurants to meet every palate. With a geography ranging from suburban to rural, the area offers a variety of housing options along with excellent public and private schools and a wealth of recreational and entertainment options.

With a metro area population of 235,000, the Druid City lies about an hour southwest of Birmingham, in west-central Alabama. It’s within a few hours’ drive of Gulf Coast beaches and major cities like Nashville, New Orleans and Atlanta, making it a great base for growing better acquainted with the South’s finest offerings.

Background Investigation and EEO Statement
Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law"

Advertised: 12 Sep 2022 Central Daylight Time
Applications close: 31 May 2023 Central Daylight Time

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