Assistant Professor in Propulsion Systems - University of Oklahoma

Candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas are of particular interest for the Propulsion Systems position:

  • Advanced technologies to improve fuel efficiency of aircraft engines;
  • Sustainment and modernization of propulsion for legacy aircrafts and weapons systems.
  • Propulsion technologies for missions associated with unmanned aerial systems and/or space exploration initiatives;
  • Propulsion systems that have minimal environmental impact (in terms of pollution and reusage) while delivering the required thrust and power;
  • Near-stoichiometric combustion; staged combustion; multifunctional components, such as continuous-wave combustion; multi-axis turbine engines; multi-fan cores.


Candidate Qualifications: Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in aerospace or mechanical engineering or a related field. Successful candidates will be visionary and collegial, with evidence of the ability to establish a nationally recognized research program, teach and develop new courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and attract external funding to support their research activities.

Department and Region: AME currently has 27 full-time faculty members and over 800 undergraduate and 70 graduate students. Both AME and the Gallogly College of Engineering are experiencing strong growth in scholarly research, corporate and private donations, and student enrollment. AME has maintained its historically strong student quality with more than 70 National Merit Scholars currently enrolled. 

The Gallogly College of Engineering and the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering hold strong the values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We seek candidates who contribute to fostering an inclusive culture in all aspects of faculty responsibility, including within the classroom, the academic community, and within their professional commitments. AME is one of five schools nationwide to participate in TECAID, an NSF-funded program dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in engineering programs. More information about AME is available at

Application Instructions

Application Process: Candidates should submit a statement of teaching, a research plan, a curriculum vitae, and a list of at least three references. Candidates should include, in their cover letter, a discussion of how they have or intend to promote the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Review of candidates will begin on November 1, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. The start date for the position is expected to be August 16, 2020. Candidates are requested to submit their applications at for the Propulsions Systems position. Please email with any questions about the position.


The University of Oklahoma: 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 30,000 students and has more than 2,700 full-time faculty members. 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. Visit for more information.