Assistant Professor Faculty Positions

University of California, Davis
Davis, California 95616
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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Assistant Professor Faculty Positions

1) Spaceflight Engineering

2) Advanced Aircraft Mobility


The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at the University of California Davis (UC Davis) invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level in the areas of:

1) Spaceflight Engineering, and 2) Advanced Aircraft Mobility, jointly with the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California Davis (ITS-Davis).


Position #1: Spaceflight Engineering: Applications are encouraged from candidates with a strong background in any current or emerging area that falls within the Spaceflight Engineering disciplinary focus, including (but not limited to): space systems design and integration, satellite (including CubeSats) design and testing; spacecraft propulsion engineering; re-entry trajectory and/or heat-shield design; space radiation modeling, sensing, and protection; spacecraft human-systems integration and safety; surface landing; in situ resource utilization; surface excavation and construction; space robotics; planetary/moon surface vehicles; orbital debris modeling; astrodynamics; or space mission design/systems engineering.

Position #2: Advanced Aircraft Mobility: Focus areas for this MAE/ITS-Davis joint position include, but are not limited to, Urban Air Mobility (UAM) aircraft, electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, aircraft design, computational and experimental aerodynamics, electric (battery, fuel cell, and hybrid) aircraft propulsion, and autonomous and remotely-piloted electric aircraft. The candidate is expected to have a strong background in system integration as applied to one or more of these areas, plus a strong background in traditional aircraft design principles.

For Both Positions: UC Davis is seeking innovative and collaborative researchers who would initiate interdisciplinary collaborations within the department, the college, and the campus. Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field, and a record of excellence in research that complements or extends existing research strengths, plus the potential to attract extramural funding. Candidates must demonstrate potential or evidence of ability to teach well at both graduate and undergraduate levels and to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses or seminars. Participation in department, college, and university service is an expectation under our faculty shared governance model.

We seek candidates who aspire to help advance UC Davis’ strategic goal of improving access and building an inclusivecommunityfor all marginalized populations, and who demonstrate commitment to, or strong potential for commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities. We seek candidates dedicated to educating a student body rich in diversity with respect to gender, ethnicity, first-generation status, socioeconomic status, and academic inclusiveness.

For full consideration, you must submit your application by November 30, 2020. Initial review begins on December 1, 2020. Required application materials include: 1) cover letter, 2) CV including publication list and three significant publications, 3) statement of research interest, 4) statement of teaching interest, 5) statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and 6) names and contact information for three references. You can find the full position description, which provides detailed guidance on application requirements, recommendations to strengthen your application, and links to relevant websites for further information about UC Davis:



Spaceflight Engineering: Apply via this RECRUIT link

enter position number # JPF03779 in the Search box.


Advanced Aircraft Mobility: Apply via this RECRUIT link and

enter position number # JPF03784 in the Search box.



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