Assistant/Associate Professor Aerospace Engineering (AY 23/24) (519815)

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Dec 01, 2022
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Job Description


AEROSPACE ENGINEERING POSITION - The Aerospace Engineering Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, invites applicants with an earned Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, or closely-related field, to apply for a full-time, academic-year Tenure -Track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank. The projected start date is September 14, 2023. Duties include teaching Aerospace Engineering courses; building a vibrant and innovative research program; and supporting and developing students into engineers ready to thrive in the modern aerospace industry. This position is open to candidates with experience in all areas of aerospace engineering but those candidates with interest in the areas of spacecraft design, spacecraft propulsion, and spacecraft communications in support of the department’s unique and innovative Astronautics concentration are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates with research or private industry experience are encouraged to apply.

Grade and salary commensurate with education and experience of the individual selected. Anticipated hiring ranges:
Assistant Professor: $96,408 - $107,000 per year
Associate: $104,000 - $115,000 per year

The Cal Poly College of Engineering strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), especially in the classroom and among its areas of study. This position is part of a college-wide cluster of searches designed to promote inclusive and equity-minded teaching strategies as well as increase curricular coverage of the intersection of engineering and computing with societal challenges, particularly around DEI issues. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the college’s goals in these areas.

The cluster hire searches are for positions in the following disciplines:
• Aerospace Engineering
• Computer Science/ Software Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Environmental Engineering
• Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
• Materials Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering

In addition to the standard new faculty support, candidates selected through this DEI cluster hire will be given additional start-up funds to support their work in DEI. Once hired, candidates will collaborate with their dean and others to develop a plan for utilizing these funds.


Applicants with an earned Phd in Aerospace Engineering, or a closely-related field. Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings is required. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required.

Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings is required. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required.

The ideal candidate will show evidence of attention to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion across their teaching, scholarship, and service.

Applicants must submit a diversity statement which focuses on evidence of the applicant’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a description of how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly. Potential topics may include but are not limited to: implementing inclusive classroom environments, the intersection of DEI in your research/scholarship, mentoring students with diverse backgrounds, outreach to under-represented student populations, implementing bias mitigation and previous professional development in diversity and inclusion topics.


Preference will be given to those with experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment. Preference will also be given to those with relevant work experience and those who bring professional capabilities.


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and questions may be sent to

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU related work outside of California.


Cal Poly's Aerospace Engineering Department offers a B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering. Cal Poly focuses on undergraduate and graduate education. Our "learn-by-doing" approach involves extensive lab work and projects in support of theoretical knowledge, with extensive interaction and collaboration between students and faculty. U.S. News & World Report ranked the Aerospace Engineering Department top among primarily undergraduate public programs in the nation. For further information about the department, see


Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin December 5th, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Interested candidates must attach a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, transcripts (please note proof of a Ph.D. is required by the start date); statement of goals and plans for teaching and research; qualification summary and teaching preferences; and a diversity and inclusion statement. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application.

For further questions please contact Eric Mehiel ( )
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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