Aerospace - Aerospace Sciences, Aerospace - Aircraft / Air Transportation Systems / Operations, Aerospace - Space / Missiles, Aerospace Engineering
The Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech invites applications for multiple tenure-track or tenured faculty positions effective August 2020. We seek candidates who are committed to a culture of excellence and inclusion, will conduct innovative and scholarly research, and teach graduate and undergraduate courses.
Particular areas of interest include:
Data science with applications in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Small-satellites and constellations of satellites
Positioning, navigation, and timing.
The positions require a doctorate in engineering or a related discipline such as computer science, robotics, mathematics, or physics by date of hire. The positions will be filled at a rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
It is anticipated that the positions will be located in Arlington, Virginia, and will align with initiatives in the greater Washington D.C. metro area, including the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, Commonwealth Cyber Initiative, Virginia SmallSat Data Consortium, and transdisciplinary destination areas. Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to innovation and economic development. Faculty with an interest in developing entrepreneurial or consultative relationships with companies and agencies in the Washington D.C. area will be encouraged and supported in doing so. Depending upon candidate qualifications, existing relationships can be leveraged to offer unique opportunities.
The successful candidates will join an endowed department comprising 37 faculty members, 200 graduate students, and 600 undergraduate students. The candidates may contribute to the department’s existing collaborations with the Hume Center for National Security and Technology (www.hume.vt.edu), the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (www.ictas.vt.edu) and the Center for Space Science and Engineering Research, or Space@VT (www.space.vt.edu).
Recognizing the importance of diverse teams of scholars, and Virginia Tech’s role as the commonwealth’s land grant university, the Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Department is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who will adopt and practice the university’s Principles of Community, which are fundamental to Virginia Tech’s on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members.
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.
For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Office of Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
Applicants are required to apply online at https://jobs.vt.edu/ and should use posting number 511640 Applicants must clearly indicate in their cover letter to which one of the above three particular interests in which they are applying. Applicants must provide a cover letter, contact information for three professional references, a candidate statement discussing teaching, research, and professional goals, and a current CV. Prospective applicants who wish to obtain further information should contact: Dr. Jonathan Black, Professor and Faculty Search Committee Chair, Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering (MC 0203), Virginia Tech, 460 Old Turner Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061, E-Mail: email@example.com. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2019, and continue until the positions are filled.
A Ph.D. degree in engineering or a related discipline such as computer science, robotics, mathematics, or physics by date of hire is required.
The successful candidates for these positions must be capable of initiating new research programs in areas that support the development of aerospace and/or ocean systems. The faculty members will be expected to help recruit, and then guide and mentor, graduate students to conduct research. The successful candidates will teach relevant Aerospace or Ocean Engineering subjects at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings.
Will be required to complete a criminal conviction check.
Candidates must be strongly committed to working within a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff.
Internal Number: 511640
About Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
The Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering offers a unique blend of two disciplines that takes advantage of commonality in the analysis and design of aerospace and ocean systems. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in both disciplines, with more than 550 undergraduate students and 160 graduate students enrolled. Our M.S. degrees can be earned through distance learning. We have a yearly graduation rate of over 140 Bachelor's, 25 Master's and 15 Doctoral degrees. The Department has 26 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 8 research faculty, and 10 affiliate faculty working in aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, structural mechanics, material science, dynamics and control, multidisciplinary design optimization, and energy systems. All faculty are actively engaged in our broad research program, which has annual expenditures of more than $8 million, and all teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department has extensive facilities including world class wind-tunnels, water tunnels, structural test equipment, high-end 3D printers, a UAS flight-test runway and hanger, an advanced power and propulsion lab, a center for space science and engineering research, and the AOE Studio for Design Innovation.