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(Open Rank) Professor of Astronautical Engineering

Department of Astronautical Engineering Los Angeles, California

Faculty Position in the Department of Astronautical Engineering at University of Southern California

The University of Southern California, invites applications for tenure-track or tenured positions in the Department of Astronautical Engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering.  We seek outstanding faculty candidates for positions at any rank. The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and welcomes applications form women, underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.  Outstanding applicants who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership, and whose past activities document a commitment to issues involving the advancement of women in science and engineering may also be considered for the Lloyd Armstrong, Jr. Endowed Chair, which is supported by the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program endowment.


We invite applications from candidates knowledgeable in astronautical engineering, and will focus on a candidate’s promise and/or track record during the review process. Areas of interest include but are not limited to space and rocket propulsion, astrodynamics, and space environment and science, with particular priority in the propulsion area. We seek outstanding individuals who will participate in the university’s research and engage with graduate and undergraduate students. Successful candidates will establish a strong, externally funded, research program of national prominence while contributing the core teaching mission of the department. An earned doctorate in a field closely related to Astronautical Engineering is required.

Applications must include a letter clearly indicating area(s) of specialization, a detailed curriculum vitae, a concise statement of current and future research directions, a teaching statement, and contact information for at least four professional references. Applicants are encouraged to include a succinct statement on fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion. This material should be submitted by March 1, 2018; applications received after this date might not be considered.  Interested individuals are welcome to contact Chair of the Faculty Search Committee, Professor Joseph Kunc (kunc@usc.edu). They are also encouraged to visit the website of the Department (astronautics.usc.edu) for details on the department programs.

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is among the top tier of engineering schools in the world. It counts 185 full-time, tenure-track faculty members, and is home to the Information Sciences Institute, two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers, a Department of Energy EFRC (Energy Frontiers Research center), and the Department of Homeland Security’s first University Center of Excellent, CREATE. The school is affiliated with Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, the Institute for Creative Technologies and the USC Stevens Center for Innovation. Research expenditures typically exceed $185 mission annually.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.



REQ20052530 Posted Date: 10/29/2017

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