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Open Rank, Electrical Engineering, Tenure Track, National Security Space Technologies

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND
Salary/Position Classification
  • $93,000+ commensurate with experience and rank
  • 40 hours per week
  • 100% Remote Work Availability: No
  • Hybrid Work Availability: No
Purpose of Position

The University of North Dakota, College of Engineering & Mines seeks hire fill two open-rank faculty positions in Electrical Engineering with a focus on areas related to satellite technologies. These positions are expected to be on the tenure-track or an offer of tenure for qualified candidates, subject to approval from the Department, College, University, and the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. Successful candidates will be appointed to a faculty position in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and will support the University’s National Security Initiative to grow UND’s portfolio of research and education programs related to space and national security.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Each successful candidate will be expected to establish a nationally recognized research program with significant external funding in an area related to satellite technologies. Alignment of research interests that support UND’s goals and strategic plan is expected
  • Conduct scholarly activities including grant preparation and submission, mentoring of graduate student researchers, and publication of results
  • A workload of approximately 20% teaching, 70% research, and 10% service for the initial 2 years. Teaching responsibilities include graduate and/or undergraduate courses in the faculty’s area of expertise.
  • Advising students in course planning and fulfilling graduation requirements
  • Communicating effectively in the English language with students, families, faculty, staff, and other professional colleagues in person and at a distance
  • All faculty members are expected to contribute service within the department, college, university, and professional community. UND and the College of Engineering & Mines value diverse perspectives and seek applicants who are committed to helping students from underrepresented backgrounds to succeed
Required Competencies
  • Broad knowledge of emerging national security needs and associated basic and applied Science and Technology programs
  • Broad knowledge of academic and commercial development relevant to emerging space and broader national security systems capability needs
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including evidence of the ability to teach, inspire, and mentor students
  • Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and students
  • Ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues within and outside the College of Engineering and Mines
  • Ability to adapt to current methods of teaching, including online delivery
Minimum Requirements
  • Earned PhD degree in Electrical Engineering or closely related field
  • Experience in Space and/or National Security related applications
  • Ability to receive clearance to work on projects involving International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), which requires the applicant to be a U.S. citizen or have a permanent resident card.
  • Successful completion of a Standard Criminal History Background 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. This position does not support visa sponsorship for continued employment.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior experience working on research for the Department of Defense
  • Industry or military experience in Space and/or National Security
  • Record of involvement in seeking and administering extramural research funding, especially at the federal level
  • Experience working on individual and collaborative multi-disciplinary research teams
  • A strong record of high-quality peer-reviewed publications related to satellite technologies
  • Teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level
  • Expertise to be able to contribute to multiple UND Grand Challenges including Computational and Data Research, National Security/Space, Autonomous Systems, Energy Sustainability, and Human Health

Dates of the initial contract are August 16, 2024 to May 15, 2025. Summer salary may be obtained through externally funded research grants.

To Apply

To assure full consideration, applications must be received by January 22, 2024 and include the following materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Professional vita or resume
  • Copies of all college transcripts, unofficial copies are acceptable. Please note that the selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts upon hire
  • 2-3 page statement of the candidate’s research plans. The plans may include reference to completed work if appropriate but should be forward-looking.
  • 1-page statement outlining teaching experience, teaching philosophy, and student outreach and mentoring activities
  • Contact information for three references who can attest to the candidate’s qualifications for this position.

Position is open until filled.

Questions may be directed to the Associate Dean for National Security, Dr. Ryan Adams at

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