Utah State University

Associate or Assistant Professor

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 3 months ago(9/20/2023 2:39 PM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Engineering
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with Experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (http://www.mae.usu.edu/) at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for one tenure-track faculty position. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, or closely related fields. Candidates will be considered at either the assistant or associate professor level. The positions are tenure-track academic year (funded for 9-months) appointments with an anticipated start date of January 2024.

Candidates are sought with demonstrated expertise in general areas of space dynamics, astrodynamics, and space guidance and navigation.



● Develop a significant externally funded research program that includes a strong record of peer-reviewed publications and graduate mentorship.
● Effectively teach undergraduate and graduate courses.
● Actively participate in assigned department and university duties, and demonstrate leadership in relevant technical societies.


Minimum Qualifications:


Assistant Professor:
● Ph.D. degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, or closely related fields.
● A strong background in engineering fundamentals.
● Evidence of emerging research streams with potential for extramural support and publication.


Associate Professor:
● Ph.D. degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, or closely related fields.
● A strong background in engineering fundamentals.
● Evidence of established research streams with potential for extramural support and publication.

Preferred Qualifications:


Assistant Professor:

● Demonstrated expertise in space dynamics, astrodynamics, and space guidance and navigation.


Associate Professor:

● Demonstrated Excellence and Recognition in space dynamics, astrodynamics, and space guidance and navigation.
● Evidence of effective teaching and funded research experiences in the above areas.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter

3) Letters of Recommendation

4) Teaching Philosophy


Please upload #2-4 under the section labeled "Other Documents 1-10"


**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 MAE department has experienced significant growth over the past decade, with enrollments of approximately 800 undergraduate and 100 graduate students, and is the largest department in the College of Engineering. The department offers MS and PhD degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. The department currently has 18 tenured/tenure-track faculty members and 5 professors of practice, with additional part-time instructors from local industry and research institutions. Faculty research areas include fluid dynamics, combustion and propulsion, flight mechanics, space dynamics, advanced materials, controls, and systems engineering with research expenditures in recent years about $3M. Successful applicants may have opportunities to work closely with scientists and engineers from the USU Research Foundation Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), one of 14 Department of Defense University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC). Further, USU faculty also have access to the University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) facilities and the Utah Water Lab. USU is the nearest PhD-granting institution in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering to the Idaho National Laboratory, and is also in close proximity to Hill Air Force Base and other defense related organizations.

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  


As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  


Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 7/2023

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