Job ID: 168604

Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering

University of Kentucky

  • Oct. 1, 2021
  • Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering
  • 8H700:Mechanical Engineering
  • University of Kentucky
    Lexington, KY
  • Open until filled
  • Fall 2022
  • Assistant Professor
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautics

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky ( seeks candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in the area of aerospace engineering. Candidates at the associate professor level or higher will also be considered. This faculty search is focused on identifying qualified candidates with expertise in space systems and applications. Preferred areas of interest are: spacecraft related autonomy robotics and controls; in-space assembly and manufacturing; multi-objective optimization and new concepts for space vehicle and system design; spacecraft launch, maneuvering, entry, descent and landing; and hypersonics. Additional consideration will also be given to candidates with expertise that enhances existing department strengths. In all cases, the candidate’s research focus should have a strong aerospace application and candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree in
Aerospace Engineering or a related discipline. The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential to develop an active and nationally recognized research program. This faculty search supports the Mechanical Engineering Department’s new undergraduate and graduate degree programs in aerospace engineering scheduled to start in fall 2022, when it is anticipated the department will officially become the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

The mechanical and aerospace engineering degree programs are housed in the largest department in the College of Engineering with 34 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, over 1,000 undergraduate students, and over 120 graduate students. The College has state-of-the-art computational facilities, research labs, and classrooms. The Department is engaged in federally funded research projects from agencies such as NSF, NIH, NASA, DOE, DOD, DARPA, NIST, and USDA. In addition, the Department houses the NASA Kentucky Space Grant and EPSCoR programs, has a membership in the University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics and has research centers and consortiums that collaborate extensively with industry. The Department’s externally funded research currently averages over $11M/year in new awards.

This faculty search is part of the Department’s strategic plan, which includes expanding aerospace research and education, including the new aerospace BS, MS and PhD degree programs. The Department’s other strategic focus areas include autonomy, robotics, and controls; bioengineering; energy; and manufacturing. This search is targeted at faculty candidates with research expertise in aerospace engineering; however, candidates that can bridge multiple focus areas are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates must have a strong record of academic scholarship and high potential for excellence in building an externally funded research program, conducting high-impact research, advising graduate students, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and providing service to the Department, professional organizations, and the community.
The city of Lexington is ranked #3 Best City to Raise a Family, #21 Best Places to Live in America, and #31 Most Educated City in America. The University of Kentucky is the flagship university for the Commonwealth and is one of only eight universities in the United States that house colleges of agriculture, engineering, medicine, and pharmacy on a single campus.

To apply, please visit the UK Jobs site at: Applicants should submit a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, research statement (3-page limit, upload as Specific Request 1), teaching statement (2-page limit, upload as Specific Request 2), diversity statement (1 page limit, upload as Specific Request 3) and contact information for 5 references. We request that the teaching statement specifically address undergraduate and graduate teaching interests in aerospace engineering. The application deadline is December 1, 2021. However, review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The desired starting date for this position is August 1, 2022 but we will be flexible for outstanding candidates. Requests for further information regarding application procedures may be directed to Mr. Troy Howell: (859) 218-0650,

The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and inclusion. Minorities, veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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