Assistant, Associate or Full Professor

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Special Instructions

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Posting Details

Posting Number 700163
Working Title Assistant, Associate or Full Professor
Advertised Employing Department Aerospace Engineering
Appointment Type Faculty - Tenure-Eligible
Base of Employment B - Faculty (9 Months)
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Pay Frequency Monthly
Proposed Start Date August 16, 2018
Proposed End Date or Length of Term
Number of Months Employed Per Year 9
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University ( invites applicants for one or more tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level. However, exceptional candidates at all levels may also be considered. We seek outstanding individuals with the potential to build strong research programs that will contribute to Aerospace Controls. Special emphasis is in the area of Autonomous Guidance and Flight Controls. Emerging research topics within this area might include (but are not limited to): UAV flight controls, on-orbit servicing, orbital debris removal, space robotics, space situational awareness (SSA), computational astrodynamics, autonomy, intelligent systems, autonomous system health management, flight control software, and other areas of guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) of both manned and unmanned vehicles in both air and space. Outstanding candidates at all ranks whose research interest is outside the broad area listed above are also encouraged to apply. Underrepresented minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates are expected to share our commitment to achieving excellence through diversity and inclusion.

The successful applicant will participate in all aspects of the department’s mission, including developing a strong externally funded research program, teaching and supervising students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and participating in professional service. The department strongly emphasizes collaborative research and, hence, the successful candidate is expected to work in multidisciplinary teams with other active research programs in the university, both within and outside the College of Engineering, while taking advantage of the on-campus research centers and laboratories such as Virtual Reality and Applications Center (, the Center for Non-Destructive Evaluation (, and Ames Lab (

Required Education and Experience

An earned Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in Aerospace Engineering or a closely related field is required at the start date of employment.

Candidates are required to have credentials commensurate with teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in engineering. Such credentials include a quality research program, professional recognitions, and scholarly impact.

Candidates at the level of Associate or Full Professor must, in addition to the above, demonstrate a strong record as evidenced by experience in supervising research of graduate and undergraduate students, and in writing, submitting, and administration of research proposals for state, federal, non-profit, and/or industrial sponsors. Accomplishments must be commensurate with expectations for the ranks at Iowa State University.

Preferred Education and Experience

Experience in the areas of supervising undergraduate or graduate students, writing, submitting and administering research proposals and grants gained as a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow is desirable at the assistant professor level.

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Department/Program & College Description

The Aerospace Engineering Department currently has 36 faculty and is housed in a $50 million state-of-the-art teaching and research complex. The College of Engineering consists of 8 departments, with 250+ faculty members and annual research expenditures exceeding $88 million.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Department Contact Name Nikki Gupta
Department Contact Phone 515-294-3776
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information
Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply to this job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Cover Letter
2) A Detailed Curriculum Vitae
3) Full Contact Information for at least Three References
4) A Concise Statement of Research Plans and Teaching Interests

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Guaranteed Consideration Date 11/01/2017
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Classification Information

University Title Assistant Professor - 1700
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Job Category Faculty

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Reference Contact Information
  4. Statement of Teaching and/or Research Interests
Optional Documents