TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT, ASSOCIATE, OR FULL PROFESSOR - Penn State University

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University invites nominations and applications for multiple full-time, tenure-track faculty positions starting in Fall 2020. The position is intended for the rank of Assistant Professor, although exceptional applicants at more senior ranks may also be considered. Outstanding candidates working in all subject areas relevant to aerospace engineering will be considered. One position has special emphasis in the area of vehicle design, particularly towards the design of novel aircraft, rotorcraft or spacecraft enabled by new technologies, new business models, and/or pervasive on-board sensing and computation. A second position will be focused on space systems, including space propulsion, launch vehicles, EDL and satellite systems. A third position will be focused on novel forms of aircraft propulsion and turbomachinery. Further positions will be considered for exceptional candidates with expertise in other foundational areas of aerospace engineering, including aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, avionics, autonomy, materials and structures, and rotorcraft. Applicants should articulate their plans to setup a research program attracting outside research sponsorship, contributing to the aerospace industry, and resulting in published research findings. Further, applicants should describe how they will collaborate with the disciplinary strengths already in place within the department in support of cross-disciplinary collaborative research and in support of the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs. The Department of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State is strongly committed to our educational mission. Successful candidates should demonstrate interest in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. Applicants must have an earned doctorate in aerospace engineering or a related field by the start date. Responses received before September 15, 2019 are assured full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is filled. Applicants should submit electronically a single pdf file that contains a cover letter, a CV, a statement of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information for at least three references. The Department of Aerospace Engineering enjoys an excellent international reputation in aeronautics and astronautics. The department currently has 21 full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty members, more than 250 juniors and seniors, and more than 120 graduate students. Annual research expenditures exceed $6 million. Penn State at University Park is a land-grant institution located within the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of central Pennsylvania. State College and nearby communities within Centre County are home to roughly 100,000 people, including over 40,000 students, and offer a rich variety of cultural, recreational, educational, and athletic activities. State College is a wonderful community in which to raise a family and has an excellent public school system. We especially encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds, as the department seeks to grow in the diversity of its faculty.