Utah State University

Space Systems Engineering, Assistant or Associate or Professor

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 9 months ago(10/13/2023 1:37 PM)
Requisition ID
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
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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. Applicants with experience may be considered at the associate or full professor ranks. Candidates should have expertise in space systems engineering in areas such as: 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. Formal evaluation of the applications will begin on November 15, 2022. The anticipated start date is January 1, 2024 or August 1, 2024.


Successful candidates will be expected to: 1) develop a an externally funded research program that includes peer-reviewed publications and graduate student mentorship, 2) effectively teach undergraduate and graduate courses, 3) actively participate in assigned department and university duties, and 4) demonstrate leadership in relevant technical societies.


Minimum Qualifications for Assistant Professor:


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 space systems engineering such as 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.


Minimum Qualifications for Associate Professor and Professor:

1. Prior academic appointment with tenure or relevant experience in the space systems field (industry, national lab, military, or government).

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.
  2. Cover letter summarizing motivation, qualifications, experience, and career goals.
  3. 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, and 3) integrate with other interdisciplinary research/faculty collaborators at USU.
  4. A teaching statement (two pages maximum) that explains your approach to teaching and briefly describes existing or new courses you would like to teach or develop.
  5. Your most relevant peer-reviewed publications.
  6. Names and contact information of at least three professional references (we will only solicit reference letters from final candidates).

*Documents 2-5 can be uploaded into the section "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 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 $10M 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: s.budge@usu.edu

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

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant, public service university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion, empowering people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. Utah State provides high-quality education to 27,500-plus students locations throughout the state, including at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online educates students from all 50 states and 55 countries. For over 25 years, USU Extension has served and engaged Utahns in all of Utah’s counties. As an R1 research institution, Utah State is dedicated to advancing knowledge through research and scholarly activities, providing a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price.


Utah State is committed to cultivating a community of inclusive excellence where all 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. Forbes recognized our commitment to employees when they named Utah State the best employer in Utah in 2023. 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 04/2024

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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 Cody Carmichael, 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

*updated 09/2023


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