Careers

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at Princeton University invites applications for multiple faculty positions at the assistant professor rank. We welcome applications from all areas in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Current areas of particular interest focus on astronautical engineering, which broadly encompasses the engineering and related sciences relevant to space exploration, and systems enabling access and operations in space, including in earth orbit; on other planets, satellites, asteroids and other celestial objects; and in interplanetary space and beyond. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, or a related subject, and have a demonstrated record of excellence in research with the potential to establish an independent research program.

We seek faculty members who will contribute to our community by embracing excellence and diversity, with a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring. We welcome applications from members of all underrepresented groups. Princeton's MAE department has a long history of leadership in its core areas of Applied Physics; Control, Robotics, and Dynamical Systems; Fluid Mechanics; Materials Science; Combustion, Propulsion, and Energy Sciences, with additional strengths in inter-disciplinary efforts impacting biology, bio-inspired design, the environment, and security. We seek creative and enthusiastic candidates with the background and skills to build upon, and complement, our existing departmental strengths and those who can bridge the disciplines and research initiatives in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2020. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and presentations, a 3-5 page summary of research accomplishments and future plans, a 1-2 page teaching statement, and contact information for at least three references online at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/16901. Personal statements that summarize contributions to diversity are encouraged.


The Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is seeking freelance writers to write articles for publication on the MAE website.  The writer will gather information on the subject, conduct interviews, perform independent background research and write a draft free of grammatical errors, adhere to deadlines.  Typically 1-2 stories per month approximately 750 -1000 words per story.  Experience with writing stories with scientific content is preferred. Interested writers must submit 2-3 writing samples, C.V. and a letter of interest to maedept@princeton.edu.     


Princeton University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering invites applications for post doctoral and more senior research positions. Individuals with evidence of experience in scholarly research and a strong commitment to excellence in education are encouraged to apply. A Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Optics, Physics, Material or Applied Physics, or a related area is required. Appointments are for one year with the possibility of renewal pending satisfactory performance and continued funding.

Applicants should apply online and include curriculum vitae and names and contact information for three references.

We are interested in candidates who have an interest in:

  • Combustion and Energy Science
  • Computational Engineering
  • Dynamics and Controls Systems
  • Energy and Climate
  • Bioengineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Lasers and Applied Physics
  • Materials and Mechanical Systems