Auburn University: Multiple Tenure-Track Faculty Positions

Multiple Open Rank Tenure-Track Faculty Positions

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at Auburn University invites applications for multiple open rank tenure-track faculty positions (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor). Applications are invited in all areas related to aerospace engineering. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply with expertise in: aerodynamics and propulsion; computational fluid dynamics; flight dynamics; and space systems and payloads. Candidates will be expected to fully contribute to the department’s mission through (i) the development of a strong, nationally recognized, funded research program, (ii) teaching aerospace engineering related courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and (iii) professional service. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated track record of scholarship, a creative vision for research, an active interest in engineering education, and strong communication skills. For applications at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, an emphasis will be placed on the strength and caliber of the candidate’s existing research program and the candidate’s ability and desire to provide mentorship and leadership to a young, enthusiastic, and rapidly growing department. Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in aerospace, mechanical engineering, or a closely related field at the time of employment.

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at Auburn University is in the midst of unprecedented growth with undergraduate enrollment increasing by over 50% in last six years to 535 students. This growth has been complemented by aggressive faculty hiring with the department now consisting of four full professors, one associate professor, eight assistant professors and two lecturers. Our current focus is on the development of world-class research programs and growth of the graduate student body from its current size of 72 students to a goal number of over 100 graduate students within the next five years. The department is part of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, which has a total enrollment of over 6,500 students and is home to several nationally recognized research centers, which among others would include National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence (NCAME), Center for Polymer, Advanced Composites (CPAC), Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics (CAVE3), Auburn University Small Satellite Program, and Cyber Research Center. Auburn University’s proximity to the aerospace, defense, and government enterprises located from Huntsville, AL down to the Florida Space Coast presents a unique opportunity for the department to emerge from this growth phase as one of the premier aerospace engineering departments in the country. Additional information about the department may be found at:
Auburn University. ( is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. In 2020, the college of engineering was ranked 29th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees in engineering and agriculture, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2020 enrollment of 30,737 students includes 24,505 undergraduates and 6,232 graduate and professional students. Organized into twelve academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, its positive work environment, its student engagement, and its beautiful campus. Auburn ( residents enjoy a thriving community, recognized as one of the “best small towns in America,” with moderate climate and easy access to major cities or to beach and mountain recreational facilities. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, the combined Auburn-Opelika-Columbus statistical area has a population of over 500,000, with excellent public school systems and regional medical centers.

Candidates should log in and submit a cover letter, CV, research vision, teaching philosophy, statement on diversity, equity and inclusion, and three references at Cover letters may be addressed to: Dr. Brian Thurow, Search Committee Chair, 211 Davis Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849. To ensure full consideration, candidates are encouraged to apply before December 1, 2020 although applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements to work in the U.S. at the time the appointment begins and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

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