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Assistant/Associate Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering - Space Structures

The University of Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus: Gallogly College of Engineering: School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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Assistant/Associate Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering - Space Structures

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus: Gallogly College of Engineering: School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Open Date:
Jan 18, 2024

The School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME) in the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma seeks candidates for a tenure-track position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level. This position is part of a larger initiative defined in the Gallogly College of Engineering strategic plan for growing enrollment and improving retention. The State of Oklahoma is investing in engineering in support of growing engineering graduates for the state workforce.

The aerospace industry is enjoying significant growth in the state of Oklahoma and enrollment in the aerospace engineering program continues to rise.  The Oklahoma Aerospace Defense and Innovation Institute at the university supports advanced technologies and sustainment for aerospace. Candidates seeking to work in a rapidly-growing School and College, in collegial interdisciplinary groups, and towards the mission of student success, are encouraged to apply. 

We seek candidates with expertise on space structures who will contribute to the cluster on materials and manufacturing in the College.  Candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas are of particular interest for the position: 

• structural configuration analysis for spacecraft and satellites

• analysis of loads, stresses, stiffness and fatigue of structures during space missions

• development of new materials for space applications

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty members in the cluster and develop a nationally recognized research program in one or more of the areas listed above.  In addition, successful candidates will teach related courses, and mentor and guide students with an ethos of care and support.  

Department and Region: AME currently has 31 full-time faculty members and over 650 undergraduate and 95 graduate students. Currently, both AME and the Gallogly College of Engineering are experiencing strong growth in research, corporate and private donations, and student enrollment. More information about AME is available at

Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town located in the Oklahoma City metro area. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on the “Best Places to Live” rankings.

The University of Oklahoma (OU): OU is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: the main campus in Norman, the Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 31,000 students and has more than 2,900 full-time faculty members. Visit for more information.

The University of Oklahoma invests in its faculty by providing support and resources through our Center for Faculty Excellence ( and Vice President for Research and Partnerships Office ( The College and School support faculty development through mentoring, new faculty orientation series, and access to research and educational support.


Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in aeronautical or astronautical engineering or in a related field.  Preference will be given to candidates with a growing research program on structural applications in space.

Application Instructions:

Candidates are invited to submit (1) a cover letter; (2) a research plan describing the problems to be studied, funding avenues to be explored and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students; (3) a curriculum vitae; (4) copies of three research publications; and (5) a list of at least three references.

Review of candidates will begin on January 26, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. The start date for the position is expected to be August 16, 2024.

Candidates are requested to submit their applications at Please email with any questions about the position.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

Diversity Statement 

The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.

Mission of the University of Oklahoma

The Mission of the University of Oklahoma is to provide the best possible educational experience for our students through excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and service to the state and society.

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