Faculty Openings

Full-time, tenure-track or tenured open-rank faculty

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University invites nominations and applications for a full-time, tenure-track or tenured open-rank faculty position starting in Fall 2017.  

Expertise is sought in the general subject of astronautics, with particular interest in spacecraft dynamics and control, space propulsion, the space environment, rarefied flows and plasmas, and space systems engineering.

Applicants must have an earned doctorate in aerospace engineering or a related field; at least one degree in aerospace engineering or related aerospace experience is preferred. Responses received before January 6, 2017 are assured full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is filled. Applicants should submit electronically a single pdf file that contains a cover letter, a CV, a statement of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information for at least three references to job #66927 at https://psu.jobs/job/66927.

The Department of Aerospace Engineering enjoys an excellent international reputation in aeronautics and astronautics. The Department currently has 16 full-time faculty members, with more than 225 juniors and seniors and more than 120 graduate students. Annual research expenditures exceed $6 million.

Penn State at University Park is a land-grant institution located within the beautiful Appalachian mountains of central Pennsylvania. State College and nearby communities within Centre County are home to roughly 100,000 people, including over 40,000 students, and offer a rich variety of cultural, recreational, educational, and athletic activities. State College is a wonderful community in which to raise a family and has an excellent public school system.  We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds.  

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups.

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The Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, established in 1961 and the only aerospace engineering department in Pennsylvania, is consistently recognized as one of the top aerospace engineering departments in the nation, and is also an international leader in aerospace education, research, and engagement. Our undergraduate program is ranked 15th and our graduate programs are ranked 15th nationally by U.S. News & World Report, while one in 25 holders of a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering in the U.S. earned it from Penn State. Our students are consistently among the most highly recruited by industry, government, and graduate schools nationwide.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry. Through an innovative curriculum and world-class instruction that reflects current industry practice and embraces future trends, Penn State Aerospace Engineering graduates emerge as broadly educated, technically sound aerospace engineers who will become future leaders in a critical industry

Department of Aerospace Engineering

229 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2569