Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering

University of California San Diego

United States

Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering

Job #JPF03690
  • MECHANICAL & AEROSPACE ENGNRG / Jacobs School of Engineering / UC San Diego

Position overview

Position title:Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Salary range: A reasonable salary range estimate for this position is $94,300 - $206,300.
The posted UC Academic salary scales set the minimum pay as determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the salary scale(s) for this position:
The base salary range, from the salary table(s), for this position is $94,300 - $118,700.
“Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.
Additional UCSD salary information can be found here:

Application Window

Open date: September 18, 2023

Next review date: Wednesday, Nov 1, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Nov 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), at the University of California, San Diego, invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) position in Aerospace Engineering.

Of particular interest is research focused on aerospace vehicles and mission design including, but not limited to, advanced flight dynamics, hypersonic flight and propulsion, fluid-structure interactions, net-zero carbon emission aviation, and UAVs, as well as research motivated by space-based systems including, but not limited to, low-cost launch systems technologies, emerging spacecraft power, propulsion, thermal management, guidance/navigation & control, novel sensor systems, micro and nanosatellites; crewed and robotic systems, space-based assembly and manufacturing, and in-situ resource recovery and utilization.

The required job duties for this position encompass:
1. Establishing a robust research program, which involves the development of grant proposals & securing funding.
2. Teaching university students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels;
3. Maintaining professional competency in related discipline;
4. Participating in a variety of service activities.

In this role, we expect a successful candidate will exhibit clear potential for growth & tangible outcomes in their respective discipline, particularly in the following areas:
1. Continuing to develop strong teaching skills.
2. Aspirating toward exceptional scholarly achievements.
3. Striving to deliver high-quality work and research.
4. Displaying a genuine passion for creative pursuits.

For more information on the Professorial Series visit:

We especially welcome candidates who have contributed to programs that increase the access and success of underrepresented students or faculty in engineering and who are committed to, and experienced in, building an excellent and diverse academic environment.

The Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego is committed to building an excellent, diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, and student body (

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must possess a PhD or have advanced to candidacy at the time of application, in the area of Aerospace Engineering or a related discipline.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

PhD Degree

Preferred qualifications

Preferred candidates will have demonstrated accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion, such as increasing the access and success of underrepresented students or faculty in engineering. Candidates should have a desire to participate in the School's diversity initiatives (

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity and Expectations of the Contributions to Diversity Statement site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional - Optional documents such as: publications, awards, work-in-progress, and other related documents.

Reference requirements
  • 4-5 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

La Jolla, CA

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