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Assistant/Associate Professor Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY

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Job Title: Assistant/Associate Professor Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

FLSA Status: Exempt

Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Title of Manager/Supervisor: Chair of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Number of Employees Reporting to this Position: 0

Range: $85,000-$91,000 based on experience

Position Summary:

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson University invites applications for two (2) tenure track positions at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank in Aerospace Engineering starting in the 2024/25 academic year (August 1, 2024 preferred). These positions will consider hires at both the Assistant and Associate professor rank. Applicants at the Associate rank that have a robust research portfolio and demonstrated excellence in teaching are especially encouraged to apply. A Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering or related area is required. Applications are sought from individuals with a research focus in space engineering, which may include, but is not limited to: guidance, navigation, and control (GNC); systems engineering and integration; space systems/vehicle design; space robotics and mechatronics, space logistics and manufacturing; space propulsion or other related areas of aerospace engineering.

It is an exciting time for our program. Clarkson’s MAE Department recently expanded from Aeronautical to Aerospace Engineering and we are experiencing significant growth in the program. In addition to our M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Mechanical Engineering, the department now offers B.S. degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. We are looking for faculty with vision and motivation to join our department and contribute to the transformation of our Aerospace program.

Successful candidates will be expected to teach fundamental undergraduate and graduate courses in Aerospace Engineering, develop strong externally-funded research programs, and engage students both inside and outside of the classroom. Applicants should provide a clear and substantiated vision of how their background will lead to transformative accomplishments through teaching, research, and an ability to engage in interdisciplinary activities and projects within one of the areas identified above. Applicants should also describe how they will foster and contribute to a diverse educational environment.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Develop a vibrant, externally funded research program
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate classes in the Aerospace curriculum
  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students within the MAE Department
  • Perform Departmental, University and Professional service consistent with the expectations of a tenure track faculty member



Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline. Research interests in at least one of the areas identified above. A record of scholarship consistent with experience level. A commitment to teaching excellence.


Experience developing grant applications to appropriate funding sources. A strong record in teaching including development and/or demonstrated use of pedagogical techniques.

Interested applicants should submit their application with:

  • Cover letter addressed to Chair of the Search Committee
  • Academic curriculum vitae
  • Research statement
  • Teaching statement
  • Names of three professional references

Health & Safety: All staff has a statutory responsibility to take reasonable care of themselves, others and the environment and to prevent harm by their acts or omissions. All staff is therefore required to adhere to the University’s Health, Safety, and Environmental Policy & Procedures.

DISCLAIMER: The above statements are designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, and qualifications required of personnel so classified.

Physical Demands:

Ability to complete essential classroom functions. Clarkson is committed to complying with the guidelines set forth under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, Clarkson University actively seeks and encourages applications from minorities, women and people with disabilities. All offers of employment are subject to the applicant successfully passing a background check (including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal records).


Working at Clarkson University

As a private, national research university, Clarkson is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic development through teaching, scholarship, research and innovation.   We ignite personal connections across academic fields and industries to create the entrepreneurial mindset, knowledge and intellectual curiosity needed to innovate world-relevant solutions and cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the New York Capital Region, Beacon, N.Y., and New York City, Clarkson educates 4,300 students across 95+ rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, the arts, education, sciences and health professions. Clarkson alumni earn salaries that are among the top 2.5% in the nation and realize accelerated career growth.  One in five already leads as a CEO, senior executive or owner of a company. 

Clarkson welcomes scholars and students from all over the world.

Our community and campus settings enhance the quality of student life and afford students access to and interaction with their faculty. We value the diversity of our University community; and we strive to attune ourselves and our programs to our global, pluralistic society. We share the belief that humane and environmentally sound economic and social development derive from the expansion, diffusion and application of knowledge.

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