Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty in Aerospace Autonomy

Boulder, Colorado, United States
Oct 17, 2023
Dec 16, 2023
Engineering, Aerospace
Position Type
Educator / Faculty
Full Time
Organization Type

The Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences (AES) at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position with a focus on autonomy for aerospace engineering and sciences. While machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) have enjoyed success in applications like text generation with soft failure modes, the Smead Aerospace Department is working towards a future where ML/AI can be relied upon in aerospace domains where near-perfect safety and reliability are critical. Research topics of particular interest are centered on the engineering and application of ML and AI in aerospace systems, including but not limited to: testing, evaluation, and certification of autonomous aerospace systems with ML/AI components; ML/AI for human-centered system design; ML/AI for secure and resilient vehicles, systems and infrastructure; and intelligent collaborative transportation networks. This position is anticipated to be hired at the Assistant Professor rank; however, qualified candidates may be considered at the Associate Professor or Professor rank. The position is anticipated to start in Fall 2024, but a later start date may be negotiated.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

CU Boulder's Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences is nationally known for teaching and research that address both challenges and opportunities facing the aerospace profession. Students work extensively on hands-on experiments in the Practical Innovation Through Learning, Observation, and Teaching (PILOT) Laboratory and design projects alongside expert faculty in the department's world-class research centers. CU aerospace alumni are working at top companies and research labs, including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Johnson Space Center, The Boeing Company, and Lockheed Martin.

We are home to 58 tenure-track, research, and instructional faculty, over 550 graduate students, and over 1,100 undergraduates. Our vibrant community of engineers and scientists tackle challenges in aerospace technology and science. The Smead Aerospace Sciences Department has active research programs aerospace autonomy through the Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Systems (RECUV), the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR), the Integrated Remote and In-Situ Sensing (IRISS) initiative, and the new CEAS Robotics Program.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences website to understand the educational mission of the department, the specific courses that are taught in the undergraduate curriculum, and how they would specifically contribute to offering these courses.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

A successful candidate in this position will be expected to:

  • Engage in undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentoring.
  • Develop an externally funded research program in their technical area.
  • Contribute professional leadership and service to their unit, the college, and their professional community.
  • Cultivate and contribute to the inclusive excellence of our academic community.

The typical distribution of work for this role is 40% teaching, 40% scholarly and creative work (research), and 20% leadership and service.

What You Should Know

  • The anticipated start date for this position is Fall 2024, but a later start date may be negotiated.
  • As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a reference check program with respect to final candidates for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check program is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information about a candidate's conduct at their previous institutions, specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to complete an Authorization to Release Information.

What We Can Offer


  • The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be Statements

  • Be driven. Be pioneering. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Applicants must have earned a PhD or equivalent terminal degree in aerospace, aeronautical, or astronautical engineering, or a closely related field or have their Ph.D. conferred before starting a tenure-track faculty appointment.
  • Candidates being considered for appointment at the Associate Professor or Professor rank are expected to have an established and ongoing program of original research, a strong publication record, and demonstrated ability to obtain external funding as well as a record of high-quality teaching and mentoring.

What You Will Need

  • Applicants must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills along with the ability to teach and work in a highly collaborative environment. An understanding and appreciation for aerospace engineering fundamentals, as well as excellent management, communication, and organizational skills, along with a willingness to learn quickly, is required.
  • Candidates should have prior teaching, research, and/or industry experience in aerospace engineering, aeronautics, astronautics, computer science, or closely related fields.
  • Candidates should be able to develop an externally funded research program that can include collaborations with colleagues throughout the Smead Aerospace Department and across the College and Engineering and Applied Sciences.
  • Candidates should be capable of teaching a wide range of undergraduate aerospace engineering courses in both lecture and laboratory formats.
  • Candidates should also be capable of teaching core graduate courses as well as developing new graduate courses as part of the Autonomous Systems Focus Area.

Special Instructions

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials as individual PDF files:

  1. Cover Letter:A one-page cover letter describing your interest in the position and summarizing your personal academic goals.
  2. Resume/CV:A current curriculum vitae.
  3. A Statement of Research Philosophy:A statement of your experience and plans for research and/or creative work that contributes to the body of knowledge in your field and provides broader benefits to education and society (2-3 pages).
  4. A Statement of Teaching Philosophy:A statement of your experience and plans for teaching and mentoring a diverse student body (2-3 pages).
  5. A Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion Statement:A statement on how your teaching, research, and leadership and service demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Examples might include scholarly work, efforts to improve access to higher education for underserved individuals or groups, or other contributions to diverse communities. For guidance in writing this statement please see the link: https://www.colorado.edu/engineering/support-faculty-applicants) (1-2 pages).
  6. List of References:Please upload a document that lists the name and contact information for references who may be contacted by phone. *Note - during the application process, you will separately be asked to provide the contact information for three (3) references who may be asked to provide letters of recommendation later in the search process. These references may be the same or different than those you list on your phone check document.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, for full consideration please apply by December 1, 2023. Background checks will be conducted for all final candidates.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/?jobId=52049 (search by job title or by requisition number: 52049).

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@colorado.edu