Assistant or Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics - Astrodynamics

Job Summary
The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University invites applications for a tenured/tenure track position at the assistant or associate rank. Purdue University seeks to attract exceptional candidates with interests and expertise in guidance, navigation and control in astrodynamics including spacecraft attitude dynamics, attitude estimation, attitude control, attitude sensor actuators, relative navigation and station-keeping.  Small satellites and satellite swarms are of particular interest. Successful candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering or a related discipline and demonstrate excellent potential to build an independent research program at the forefront of their field, as well as potential to educate and mentor students. The successful candidate will conduct original research, advise graduate students, teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, and perform service both at the School and University levels.
School and College
The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University is consistently recognized as an international leader in the quality of its educational programs, along with the innovation and depth of its graduate research program and its technology and workforce impact on the aerospace industry. With approximately 900 undergraduate students, 600 graduate students, and 38 faculty members, the School is among the top six programs in the US. Additional information may be found at This position is aligned with the Purdue Engineering Initiative on Cislunar Space.  The Cislunar Initiative is a multi-disciplinary effort to conceive, design, and enable the development of cislunar space through collaborations with industry, government agencies and academia.  Additional information may be found at


The School is an integral part of Purdue’s College of Engineering. Purdue Engineering is one of the largest and top-ranked engineering colleges in the nation (8th for graduate programs and #9 for undergraduate per USWNR, 2019) and renowned for top-notch faculty, students, unique research facilities, and a culture of collegiality and excellence. The College goal of Pinnacle of Excellence at Scale is guiding strategic growth in new directions, by investing in people, exciting initiatives, and facilities.


Purdue and the College of Engineering have a Concierge Program that provides dual career assistance and relocation services.

Submit applications online at, including curriculum vitae, brief statements of teaching and research philosophies and plans, and the names of three references. For information/questions regarding applications contact the search chair, Prof. Kathleen Howell at or the Office of Academic Affairs, College of Engineering, at Review of applications will begin on September 30, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. A background check will be required for employment in this position.


Purdue is an ADVANCE institution Purdue University’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort including discovery, instruction, and engagement.  Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

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