Assistant Professor: Aerospace Engineering Design - San Diego State University

The Department of Aerospace Engineering invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank in all areas of aerospace engineering. The Department offers BS and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering, and participates in Joint Doctoral programs with the University of California, San Diego, and the University of California, Irvine. The current research programs in the Department include aerodynamics, computational and experimental fluid mechanics, propulsion, aerospace structures, aeroelasticity, guidance and control, and astrodynamics. Applicants for this position will complement and/or expand areas of existing research into emerging areas of research.  

Applicants must have an earned PhD in Aerospace Engineering or a closely related field.   Applicants should demonstrate potential to establish a high-quality extramurally-funded research program in any area of Aerospace Engineering, including Aerospace Design, excel at teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and work collaboratively with colleagues as a team member to advance the program. Recent graduates as well as those with industrial or university experience are welcome to apply.

The College of Engineering is the fastest growing of SDSU’s seven Colleges. A newly built state-of-the-art Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex has significantly expanded and enhanced facilities in the College with over 95,000 square feet of new space added for research and teaching needs. The city of San Diego enjoys a renowned mild climate year-round and is a family-friendly urban environment. The metropolitan area is the hub of several leading industries, including major defense contractors and aerospace companies. San Diego and Southern California offer exceptional opportunities for research partnerships with the extensive local aerospace industry.  For additional information about the department and the university, please visit and

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.  Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status.  We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.  SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. SDSU is committed to building an academic environment that embraces and promotes diversity among its students, faculty, and employees and our community. Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

SDSU is especially seeking applicants who (a) are engaged in service with underrepresented populations in engineering, (b) demonstrate knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty in higher education, (c) have experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) integrate understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) extend knowledge of how to achieve scholarly success as a member of an underrepresented group, (f) are committed to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) show expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.  Candidates who meet two or more of these criteria will be given special consideration. Please indicate clearly in your application materials how you meet them. 

Review of the applications will begin on December 1, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.  Expected start date is August 2020. 

Applicants should apply via Interfolio. Inquiries may be directed to Prof. Satchi Venkataraman, Search Committee Chair,