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Open Rank Tenure-Track Faculty Positions - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

NC State University
Raleigh, NC

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Working Title:

Open Rank Tenure-Track Faculty Positions - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with education and experience

Work Schedule:

Academic Assignment-hours will vary

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

About the Department:

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) is among the largest and most prominent in the nation. The department offers separate B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in both Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Aerospace Engineering (AE). The MAE department currently boasts 50 highly recognized tenure-track faculty, 7 professional track faculty and 19 staff members. The Department has an enrollment of over 1,200 undergraduates and 400 graduate students. The College of Engineering is ranked overall #25 by US News and #9 in research expenditures among all engineering colleges in the nation.NC State’s location on Centennial Campus, combined with its proximity to the Research Triangle Park and neighboring universities, provides extensive opportunities for academic and industrial interaction and collaboration. Further information on the department can be found at:

Essential Job Duties:

The Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University invites applications for multiple tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level. Appointments at the Associate or Full Professor levels, with tenure, will be considered for exceptional applicants. We welcome applicants with the ability to address research challenges and collaborate with existing and emerging research activities in the department, college, and university. The department is interested in exceptional candidates with expertise in any discipline associated with Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Applicants with research expertise in the following fields are especially encouraged:

(1) Mechatronics and robotics(2) Engineering applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning
(3) Renewable energy, energy storage, and sustainability
(4) Hypersonics, with a focus on a) guidance control and navigation including robust fault-tolerant control algorithms, physical reservoir computing, multiplatform coordination for guidance and navigation, trajectory planning, and any other relevant cutting-edge research topics, b) multidisciplinary optimization; c) computational hypersonics; d) gas surface interactions and novel/functional material integration in hypersonic platforms; e) hypersonic propulsion, and f) any other topics that have application in high-speed aerospace vehicles;
(5) Space systems including a) space situational awareness; b) space propulsion; c) mission planning; d) debris handling; e) multi-satellite coordination f) any other topics that have application in space systems
(6) aircraft/spacecraft structures with emphasis on materials and coatings for extreme environments, hot structures.
Candidates will be expected to fully contribute to the department’s mission through (i) the development of a strong, nationally recognized, externally funded research program, (ii) teaching mechanical and/or aerospace engineering-related courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level and (iii) participating actively in professional service.

Successful candidates will have a demonstrated track record of scholarship, a creative vision for research, an active interest in engineering education, and strong communication skills. For applications at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, an emphasis will be placed on the strength and caliber of the candidate’s existing research program and the candidate’s ability and desire to provide mentorship and leadership to an enthusiastic and rapidly growing department. Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or a closely related field.

Candidates should log in to and submit a cover letter, CV, research vision, teaching philosophy, transcripts, and three references. For full consideration, applications should be received by December 31st, 2023 although applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Inquiries may be sent via email to the Faculty Search Committee Chair, at Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or other closely related fields.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Successful candidates will have a demonstrated track record of scholarship, a creative vision for research, an active interest in engineering education, and strong communication skills.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to effective teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Preferred Qualifications:


Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In addition to your application please submit the following:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Contact information for at least three (3) professional references
  • Research Statement
  • Teaching Statement

Position Number:


Position Type:

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



9 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Department ID:

140901 - Mechanical & Aerospace Engr


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


NC State: Think and Do

NC State was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. We began as a land-grant institution teaching the agricultural and mechanical arts. Today, we're a pre-eminent research enterprise with 12 colleges excelling in all major academic fields.

NC State studentsOur 34,000 high-performing students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the real world by conducting research, working in internships and co-ops, and performing acts of world-changing service. That experiential education ensures that they leave here ready to lead the workforce. NC State's 13:1 student-faculty ratio is one of the reasons why we're the best college for your money in North Carolina (Money) and the No. 5 best value among public universities nationally (U.S. News & World Report).

Overcoming Challenges, Improving Lives

NC State is one of only two universities in the nation leading two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers — one developing wearable, self-powered health monitors, and the other researching smart-grid technology. We’re also leading interdisciplinary efforts to curb nuclear proliferation, help farmers confront climate change and build a new American manufacturing sector.

Our research doesn't just get published in a journal or sit on a shelf; it makes an impact. NC State is No. 6 nationwide in commercialization agreements based on university research, and we're No. 2 among universities without a medical school. Our Cooperative Extension Service provides research-based information to citizens in all 100 North Carolina counties. In addition, our industrial extension unit — Industry Expansion Solutions — has created an economic benefit for the state's manufacturers averaging $149 million per year since 2005.

Bright Minds Creating a Bold Future

NC State’s 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. NC State students won two Goldwater scholarships, five Fulbright scholarships, one Churchill scholarship and a record-breaking 25 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition, 25 faculty are members of the National Academies.

NC State bldg in darkOur Centennial Campus, an award-winning public-private research campus, is home to more than 70 partner organizations working alongside more than 70 NC State research and academic units. Centennial is also the location of the innovative Hunt Library, which Time magazine has dubbed “the library of the future.”

In Raleigh and Around the World

It all happens in one of the best cities in America. A top spot for job-seekers and tech professionals, Raleigh is nationally recognized as a leading urban center:

NC State building oldWith Durham and Chapel Hill, Raleigh anchors the Research Triangle, a national hotspot for high-tech enterprise. The top companies in the region — including IBM, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute, Biogen Idec and GlaxoSmithKline — are among the country’s best employers. They also lead the way in hiring new NC State graduates.

More than 130 years after its creation, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day, our career-ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning and discovery available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.

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