Job ID: 200561

Assistant/Associate/Professor in Aerospace

University of Utah

  • Nov. 30, 2022
  • Assistant/Associate/Professor in Aerospace
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • University of Utah
    Salt Lake City, UT
  • Feb. 15, 2023
  • July 2023
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah ( invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of aerospace, with an anticipated start date in Fall 2023. Candidates at the assistant, associate, or professor rank are sought with primary research expertise in aerodynamics, aircraft propulsion, and fluid mechanics. Some specific areas of interest include: turbulent boundary-layer flows, aeroacoustics, aeroelasticity, rotorcraft aerodynamics, high-altitude aerodynamics, wind-turbine aerodynamics, active flow control, turbomachinery, turbine cooling, sustainable aviation, aerospace design, and data-driven modeling approaches to aerospace. Preference will be giving to candidates with experimental research expertise. Excellent candidates with expertise in other topics of relevance to aerospace will also be considered.

Candidates must have a demonstrated track record of high-quality research as evidenced by scholarly publications, and they must exhibit strong potential (junior faculty) or an established record (senior faculty) of extramural funding and teaching effectiveness. Successful candidates will be able to actively contribute to the Department’s growing research presence in aerospace. Additionally, candidates are expected to develop and teach core aerospace-related courses and develop new courses that support the mechanical engineering graduate program. Applicants are expected to have an earned Ph.D. or Sc.D. in Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related field.

The University of Utah is a tier 1 research institution that is home to more than 30,000 students, world-class faculty and researchers, a medical campus, and many start-up companies. The Department of Mechanical Engineering has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade, fueled by the State of Utah’s Engineering Initiative, and currently houses more than 40 tenure-line faculty members, over 1,000 undergraduate and 250 graduate students (150 PhD students).

The University of Utah campus is situated in Salt Lake City, a growing, increasingly diverse, metropolitan city with a population of 1M nestled against the backdrop of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. The greater SLC valley is an important economic hub of the mountain west and is home to a number of large technology and fortune 500 companies. SLC residents enjoy a highly accessible and walkable downtown with vibrant restaurants, sports, nightlife, LGBTQ+ and cultural events. Salt Lake City residents enjoy easy access to national parks (8 within a few hours’ drive), world-class skiing/snowboarding (7 resorts within 1 hour), hiking, fishing, biking, and rafting/kayaking. In addition, faculty members enjoy free access to public transportation and the convenience of an international airport located only 15 minutes from campus.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the U is committed to recruiting, welcoming, and supporting a diverse community of undergrad and graduate students, postdocs, scientists, staff, and faculty. The department’s EDI statement is available at:

Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2023. Applications must be submitted electronically and should include: (1) a cover letter highlighting the applicant’s qualifications and specifying which courses the applicant is interested in teaching, (2) current curriculum vitae, (3) research statement, (4) teaching statement, and (5) contact information for a minimum of three references. We also require (6) a one-page statement that describes how the candidate will contribute to fostering an inclusive research and teaching environment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (uploaded as “Applicant Document – Other”).

To apply, upload all documents to: For application submission questions, please contact department manager Tiffany Benson ( at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, 1495 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.

  • The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups. 

    Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. 

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  • Tiffany Benson
    Mechanical Engineering
    University of Utah
    1495 E 100 S
    1550 Mek
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112

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