Assistant Professor in Aircraft Analysis and Design

University of California Davis Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Assistant Professor in Aircraft Analysis and Design

Job #JPF04366

Application Window

Open date: August 31st, 2021

Next review date: Sunday, Oct 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) seeks candidates for an Assistant Professor position in the area of Aircraft Analysis and Design. This search is a part of UC Davis’ commitment to hire leading research faculty with a strong commitment to teaching, research and service that will promote the success of all student communities and that will address the needs of our increasingly diverse state, faculty, and student populations.

The MAE Department at UC Davis is home to the only UC aerospace engineering program in northern California, with research emphasis on computational and experimental aero/fluid/thermal/structural dynamics, aeroacoustics, rotorcraft aerodynamics and control, spacecraft and robotics design, aircraft/spacecraft dynamics and control, and composite structures. MAE hosts two subsonic wind tunnel facilities. MAE also has long-standing strengths in hybrid-electric vehicles, autonomous/remotely-operated systems, and aerospace system design. The new position is expected to strengthen the Department’s existing efforts in the area of aircraft design and engineering with the opportunity to utilize the department’s unique wind tunnel facilities for pioneering research.

In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education, such as (but not limited to) women, underrepresented minorities, individuals self- identifying as LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, economically disadvantaged groups, first-generation, undocumented students, or students with any intersections in between.

Successful candidates will help advance UC Davis’ strategic goal of improving access and building an inclusive community for all marginalized populations. The successful candidate also will have an accomplished track record of, or potential for (calibrated to career stage) teaching, research, or service activities addressing the needs of underrepresented minorities, and a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will continue to contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population. Applicants’ track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion and/or their plans for future engagement will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment.

The successful candidate’s research interests in aircraft analysis and design applications may include - but are not limited to - aircraft analysis, performance, and design, flow control, applied aerodynamics, computational and experimental aerodynamics, aero-propulsive interaction, multidisciplinary aircraft optimization, commercial supersonics, electrified aircraft, Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL), or advanced air mobility (AAM). The candidate is desired to have a strong background in systems integration as applied to one or more of these areas, plus a strong background in traditional aircraft design principles.

The candidate must have completed a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field by the closure of the search period. The candidate is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in aerospace engineering, including but not limited to aircraft performance and design courses, and is also expected to develop new courses, as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications
• Ph.D. degree or equivalent in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field.

Additional Qualifications
• Evidence of excellence or strong potential for excellence in research that complements or extends existing research strengths in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the potential to attract extramural funding.
• Evidence of commitment to or strong potential for commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities, and how this commitment integrates with teaching, research, and service.
• Commitment to excellence in teaching. Must demonstrate evidence of ability to perform well at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and to develop and teach new undergraduate and graduate courses or seminars.

The appointment will be as an academic year (9-month) tenure-track Assistant Professor. Applicants must have been awarded a Ph.D. degree by the date of hire.

Application Requirements
For full consideration, *applications must be completed by October 31, 2021, * with appointment starting as early as July 1, 2022. Application packages should be submitted online through RECRUIT link and should include the following documents:
• Cover Letter
• Curriculum Vitae
• Statement of Research
• Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
• Statement of Teaching Accomplishments and Philosophy
• Contact information of at least 3 individuals who will be contacted to provide a letter of reference on your behalf.
• Signed Authorization to Release Information (available in the RECRUIT system)

We encourage applicants to explore the College's, and Department’s websites.

We strongly recommend that all candidates visit our website for additional information about how their application materials - including their Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - will be assessed by the Search Committee in the screening and review process.

Inquiries should be submitted to Prof. Seongkyu Lee, Recruitment Committee Chair, .

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, full in-person campus operations, including in-person academic, research and scholarly activities, are expected to resume in Fall 2021. As a result, interviews, seminars, and additional consultations are expected to occur in-person. If remote platforms, including Zoom, are necessary, we will provide access.

Our Commitment
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California, Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by faculty who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our recently developed Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our new strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. The Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan. The University has taken many steps to uphold these goals and visions, which are outlined through this timeline.

The University
Since 1908, UC Davis has been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100- plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society. Additional information about UC Davis, its history, rankings, dedication to student success, environmental sustainability, and academic excellence is available here. Information regarding the diversity of our student body is located here.

UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast- or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all finalists for tenure-track/tenured or security of employment positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant/associate/full professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for positions with tenure-track/tenure or security of employment will be subject to reference checks.

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a nationally recognized Work-Life Program for Academics that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home, and community. In addition, the campus sponsors extensive programs in support of faculty relocation including the Partner Opportunities Program (POP) and Capital Resource Network (CRN), services designed to support new faculty as they transition to our campus.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) are strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis -- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. The complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy can be found at this website.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

a. PhD degree or equivalent in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field.
b. Evidence of excellence or strong potential for excellence in research that meets the above position description
c. Research plans that have the potential to attract extramural funding.
d. Evidence of commitment to or strong potential for commitment to the advancement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities, and how this commitment integrates with teaching, research, and service.
e. Commitment to excellence in teaching. Must demonstrate evidence of ability to perform well at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and to develop and teach new undergraduate and graduate courses or seminars.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are selected as the first choice candidate.
  • Download, complete, sign, and upload the form:” .
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Applicant must submit the names and addresses (including e-mails and telephone numbers) of at least three references. An on-line application process via RECRUIT will be implemented to facilitate document submittal and review.

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Davis, CA