Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty in Astronautics

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 full-time, Tenure-Track Faculty to develop and lead an externally funded research group, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and engage in university and professional service. Research topics of particular interest include experimental, computational and/or theoretical approaches to astrodynamics, formation ight, attitude dynamics, navigation, and guidance to enable sustained space activities including, exploration, economic development, and human activity. This position will be a member of the AES faculty and will participate in course development and assessment, research, faculty governance, and university service. The position is anticipated to start in Fall 2024, but a later start date may be negotiated. 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 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 internationally known for teaching and research that address both challenges and opportunities facing the aerospace profession. Alumni from our top-10 undergraduate and graduate academic programs are active leaders in all areas of aeronautics and astronautics within government, industry, and academia.

We are home to 58 tenure-track, research, and instructional faculty, approximately $50M in annual research funding, over 550 graduate students, and over 1,100 undergraduates. Our vibrant community of engineers and scientists tackle challenges in aerospace technology and science.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences website to understand the educational mission of the department.

  • What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

 Successful candidates 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; and 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 nal candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to complete an Authorization to Release Information.

  • What We Can Offer

The anticipated academic year salary range for this position at the Assistant Professor rank is $105,000 - $120,000.

Qualified candidates will be considered for Associate Professor or Professor rank.

The full salary range is $105,000 - $180,000, depending on rank.

A relocation stipend may be available within CEAS guidelines.

Tenure-track faculty benefits include eligibility for gender-neutral paid parental leave; housing down-payment assistance programs; a relocation and dual career assistance program; and teaching, research, and professional development.

  • Benefits Language For External Applicants

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition bene t 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.

  • Benefits Language For Internal Applicants

Learn more about our benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition bene t, and ECO Pass.

  • What We Require

 Applicants must have earned a research doctorate in aerospace engineering (or a related area) or expect to have their degree conferred before starting a tenure track faculty appointment.

 Candidates being considered for appointment at the Associate Professor or Professor rank must meet University standards and unit criteria for tenure and promotion to the designated rank. These criteria generally include having an established and ongoing program of original research, a strong publication record, a demonstrated ability to obtain external funding, and a record of high-quality teaching and mentoring.

  • What You Will Need

 Candidates 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 elds. Research topics of particular interest are centered on the engineering and application of astrodynamics, navigation, guidance, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) in astronautical systems, and applications which materially affect space economics, policy, and decision making.

 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 Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation Focus Area.

  • Special Application Instructions For Applicants

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

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 eld 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 and developing inclusive pedagogy practices (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-facultyapplicants) (1-2 pages).

. 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 15, 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=52228 (search by job title or by requisition number: 52228).

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@colorado.edu

Website link: https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/?jobId=52228