Faculty Positions in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VA

ID: 7111967
Posted: September 28, 2022
Application Deadline: December 1, 2022

Job Description

The Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech seeks applications for multiple tenure-track faculty positions at the level of assistant, associate or full professor effective August 2023. We are seeking candidates in all areas relevant to Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, motivated to contribute to a collegial, interdisciplinary community with a strong tradition of both basic and applied research.

The Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering (http://www.aoe.vt.edu/) includes 40 faculty members overseeing more than $12M in annual research expenditures, with approximately 260 full-time graduate students and 700 undergraduate students. The aerospace engineering undergraduate and graduate programs are ranked 12th and 14th, respectively, in the nation (U.S. News and World Report). With its highly regarded teaching and research programs, the Kevin T. Crofton Department provides a unique environment for collaboration beyond the traditional boundaries of both ocean and aerospace engineering.

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. The College of Engineering undergraduate program ranks 16th and the graduate program ranks 31st among all U.S. engineering schools (U.S. News and World Report). The Mission of the College of Engineering is to educate and inspire our students to be critical thinkers, innovators and leaders. Our core values are inclusiveness, excellence, integrity, perseverance and stewardship.

Virginia Tech's main campus is located in Blacksburg, VA, in an area consistently ranked among the country's best places to live. In addition, our facilities in the Washington, D.C. area offer unique proximity to government and industry partners and are expanding rapidly, with Virginia Tech's exciting new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA, slated to open in 2024. The Aerospace and Ocean Engineering faculty also benefit from a number of university-wide institutes such as the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ictas.vt.edu), the Virginia Tech National Security Institute (nationalsecurity.vt.edu/), and the Center for Space Science and Engineering Research, or [email protected] (www.space.vt.edu); College-level centers include the Center for Research and Engineering in Aero/hydrodynamic Technology (CREATe, create.centers.vt.edu), the Pratt & Whitney Center of Excellence, and the Rolls-Royce University Technology Center. The department is also home to a number of major facilities including the Virginia Tech Stability Wind Tunnel, the Advanced Propulsion and Power Lab, the Kentland Aerial Systems Laboratory and the Towing Basin. Details of these and other departmental facilities are at www.aoe.vt.edu/research/facilities.html.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in aerospace or ocean engineering or a closely related field; have a strong commitment to scholarly accomplishments and technical leadership; an ability to work collaboratively; a commitment to interdisciplinary research and instruction; a commitment to service and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion; and a willingness to expand disciplinary boundaries to address complex technical and societal challenges. Candidates at the associate and full professor level are expected to demonstrate experience and accomplishment in these areas. Successful applicants will be responsible for mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, teaching and developing courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and developing an externally sponsored research program.

Applicants must apply online at https://careers.pageuppeople.com/968/cw/en-us/job/522014/faculty-positions-in-aerospace-and-ocean-engineering : application materials will include a cover letter; curriculum vitae including a list of published journal articles and pedagogical achievements; a teaching statement; a research statement and plan; the candidate’s most significant publications (up to 3); a statement on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; and contact information for at least three references. Review of applications will commence on December 1, 2022 and continue until the positions are filled. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. William Devenport at [email protected]

The department fully embraces Virginia Tech’s commitment to increase diversity among faculty, staff, and students; to ensure a welcoming, affirming, safe, and accessible campus climate; to advance our research, teaching, and service mission through inclusive excellence; and to promote sustainable transformation through institutionalized structures. Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, 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 on any other basis protected by law. If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Service Center at [email protected] or at 540-231-9331.