Assistant/Associate Professor Aerospace Engineering - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

The AERO Department in the College of Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking a full-time, academic-year tenure­track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank. The projected start date is September 10, 2020.  Duties include teaching Aerospace Engineering courses; building a vibrant and innovative research program; and supporting and developing students into engineers ready to thrive in the modern aerospace industry. This position is open to candidates with experience in all areas of aerospace engineering but those candidates in the areas of experimental aerodynamics, spacecraft propulsion, and spacecraft communications are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates with research or private industry experience are encouraged to apply.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


Applicants with an earned Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering, or a closely-related field. Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings is required. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required. 


Preference will be given to those with experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment.  Preference will also be given to those with relevant work experience and those who bring professional capabilities.


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.


Cal Poly's Aerospace Engineering Department offers a B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering. Cal Poly focuses on undergraduate and graduate education. Our "learn-by-doing" approach involves extensive lab work and projects in support of theoretical knowledge, with extensive interaction and collaboration between students and faculty. U.S. News & World Report ranked the Aerospace Engineering Department top among primarily undergraduate public programs in the nation. For further information about the department, see



Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience. To apply, please complete the online application at using Requisition #493567. . Review of applications will begin November 8, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Interested candidates must attach a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, transcripts (please note proof of a Ph.D. is required by the start date); statement of goals and plans for teaching and research; qualification summary and teaching preferences; and a diversity and inclusion statement. Please see on­line posting for instructions where to mail documents that cannot be submitted electronically. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application.