Utah State University

Assistant Professor- Space Systems Engineering

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 9 months ago(9/14/2022 1:27 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
College of Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with Experience plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Utah State University is seeking applications for a tenure track faculty position at the assistant professor level in electrical or computer engineering. Candidates must have expertise in, but not restricted to, one or more of the following three areas: 1) Space based electro-optical or RF sensors systems, 2) Space weather sensor systems, or 3) Spacecraft systems engineering (small satellites, spacecraft instrumentation, space mission design).


This is an academic year (9 month) funded position. The anticipated start date is August 15, 2023.


Successful candidates will be expected to:

  1. Develop a significant externally funded research program that includes a strong record of peer-reviewed publications and graduate student mentorship.
  2. Effectively teach undergraduate and graduate courses.
  3. Actively participate in assigned department and university duties.
  4. Demonstrate leadership in relevant technical societies.


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. An Earned doctorate in an appropriate field by the time of appointment.
  2. A strong background in science or engineering fundamentals.
  3. Demonstrated expertise in one of the research areas described above.
  4. An ability to teach in the areas of expertise solicited.
  5. An ability to conduct and disseminate research.
  6. A record of effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Track record of research funding.
  2. Evidence of effective teaching.
  3. Evidence of an established publication record

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Curriculum Vitae to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Documents below to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
    • Cover letter summarizing motivation, qualifications, experience, and career goals.
    • A concise statement of up to three pages that conveys your vision of how your proposed research program will:
      1. address specific topical areas in your research area.
      2. complement existing ECE Department research.
      3. integrate with other interdisciplinary research/faculty collaborators at USU.
    • A two-page teaching statement that explains your approach to teaching and briefly describes existing or new courses you would like to teach or develop.
    • Your most relevant peer-reviewed publications.
  3. Names and contact information of at least three professional references (we will only solicit reference letters from final candidates).

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with Experience plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

The ECE Department has current enrollments of approximately 300 undergraduate and 75 Masters and PhD graduate students. The department offers MS degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Space Systems Engineering, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering. The department currently has 15 tenured/tenure-track faculty members and 2 professors of practice, with research expenditures of about $9.5M annually. USU is located in a spectacular Rocky Mountain valley that offers year-round recreation and is 80 miles north of Salt Lake City.


Formal evaluation of the applications will begin on November 15, 2022 and the search will continue until the position is filled.


Further inquiries should be made to:
Scott Budge
Search Committee Chair
Email: scott.budge@usu.edu


For additional information on USU or the department, please consult:

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 11/2022


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