The University of Oklahoma — Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering

Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering
University of Oklahoma: Gallogly College of Engineering: School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering 

Norman, OK 

Open Date
November 1, 2021 

Position Available: The School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME) at the University of Oklahoma is seeking candidates for one tenure-track position in aerospace engineering at the Assistant Professor level whose experiences and interests have prepared them to be an integral contributor to the advancement of our inclusive and diverse communities engaged in scientific discovery, developing talent, and service to society.

The position is part of a strategic College of Engineering initiative to grow faculty and students that serve the aerospace and defense sector of the state of Oklahoma through workforce development and research partnerships.  Candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas are of particular interest for the position:

  • space vehicle guidance
  • spacecraft attitude and control
  • orbital mechanics and astrodynamics
  • planetary mission design

A successful candidate is expected to develop a nationally recognized research program in one or more of the areas listed above, mentor and nurture undergraduate and graduate students, promote an inclusive environment inside and outside the classroom, and work collaboratively and collegially with faculty members.  

Candidate Qualifications: Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering or in a related field. 

Application Instructions
Application Process: Candidates are invited to submit (1) a statement of teaching describing their teaching philosophy; (2) a research plan describing the problems to be studied, funding avenues to be explored and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students; (3) a curriculum vitae; (4) a commitment to diversity statement; (5) copies of three research publications; and (6) a list of at least three references. Candidates should discuss how they intend to promote the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the diversity statement and elaborate on past experience. Review of candidates will begin on December 10, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The start date for the position is expected to be August 16, 2022. Candidates are requested to submit their applications at Please email with any questions about the position.

Department and Region: AME currently has 29 full-time faculty members and over 700 undergraduate and 60 graduate students. Currently, both AME and the Gallogly College of Engineering are experiencing strong growth in research, corporate and private donations, and student enrollment. AME has maintained its historically strong student quality with more than 70 National Merit Scholars currently enrolled. 

The Gallogly College of Engineering holds strong the values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We seek candidates who contribute to fostering an inclusive culture in all aspects of faculty responsibility, including within the classroom, the academic community, and within their professional commitments.  AME is one of five schools nationwide to have completed participation in TECAID, an NSF-funded program dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in engineering programs. More information about AME is available at

The University of Oklahoma (OU): OU is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: the main campus in Norman, the Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2,700 full-time faculty members. Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town located in the Oklahoma City metro area. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on the “Best Places to Live” rankings.  Visit for more information.

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Diversity Statement
The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable and inclusive university community by recognizing each person’s unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.

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