Assistant Professor-Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering

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  • Job Number:522211
  • Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
  • Grade:UNAC Grade 10
  • Work type:Faculty Full-time, On Campus
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF College of Engineering & Mines
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Education/Instructional

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is accepting applications for a full-time position supporting the development of our Aerospace Engineering programs. This position will be embedded within the Department of Mechanical Engineering and will include teaching responsibilities for mechanical engineering topics, as well as aerospace engineering topics (eg, systems design for aircraft/unmanned aircraft systems/launch vehicles, launch missions design, aerodynamics, fluids, thermodynamics, structures, controls systems). This position will initially be non-tenure track, with the possibility of being converted to a tenure track position upon the anticipated approval of UAF’s Aerospace Engineering BS degree program. Notes: (1) UAF currently has a popular aerospace engineering minor, as well as a graduate certificate program. (2) In conjunction with this position, UAF is advertising for a similar position within the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering with a focus on manned/unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) engineering and design topics.


10Service: Contributions to service can be for the public, university, or for professional associations and organizations. Service includes the application of teaching, research, and other scholarly and creative activity outside of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Service can be instructional, collaborative, or consultative in nature and is related to the faculty members’ discipline or other publicly recognized expertise. Service can be contributions to university, college, school, institute, and departmental committees or governing bodies. Examples of service activities include active participation in professional organizations, discipline-oriented service organizations, or service to government or public committees.Essential
15Writing publications: Develop new research and teaching areas. Help establish a strong externally funded program. Develop and teach an undergraduate and/or graduate course. Mentor and supervise graduate students. Teach one or more undergraduate courses in a manner consistent with the specific course content description. Hold office hours appropriate for the course(s) being taught. Be proactive in developing and modifying curriculum for delivery and other teaching modalities.Essential
25Research: Contributions to research, scholarly or creative activity must have one or more of the following characteristics: a) must occur in a public forum, b) must be evaluated by peers, c) must be evaluated by peers external to this institution so as to allow an objective judgment, and d) must be judged to make a contribution. Research may be demonstrated through books, reviews, monographs, bulletins, articles, proceedings, research data and metadata, and other scholarly works published by reputable journals. Funded research via competitive grants and contracts.Essential
50Teaching: Must be highly organized, use class time efficiently, establish clear objectives, and have high expectations of students. Must develop good rapport with students and show enthusiasm for subject matter. Must encourage student participation, provide regular feedback to students and reward student learning success. Candidates are expected to teach foundational courses at the BS level, as well as advanced applied courses at the MS/PhD level.Essential
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Demonstrated teaching ability
Specialized background in Mechanical Engineering applied to Aeronautics (eg, aircraft design & development, aerodynamics, fluids, thermodynamics, controls, structures)
Typical Experience:
It is desired for applicants to have direct experience in aerospace programs (aircraft/unmanned aircraft systems/rocketry design, launch vehicle analysis & design, subsystems design, ground support operations). Experience may be credited through applicable employment in aerospace-related industry/agencies, applied research, and focused educational programs.
Required Education or Training:

Blend of mechanical and aerospace engineering emphasis. Anticipated education would include:
BS degree in mechanical engineering
MS degree in mechanical engineering with applications in aerospace engineering
PhD in aerospace engineering or mechanical engineering with emphasis in aerospace engineering

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, 9-month, exempt union represented faculty position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. Salary is based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

The review process for applications will be begin on December 21, 2022. 


Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Kenna Metivier, HR Coordinator, UAF Signers’ Business Office, at or (907) 474-1847.


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