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(Open Rank) Professor of Astronautical Engineering

Department of Astronautical Engineering Faculty Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California invites applications for tenure-track or tenured positions in the Department of Astronautical Engineering in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.  We seek outstanding faculty candidates for positions at any rank, 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, space environment, and space/planetary science, with particular priority in the propulsion area. Experience with space instrumentation and hardware development, in-space investigation, and/or laboratory simulation is desired. Successful candidates will establish a strong, externally funded research program of national prominence, contribute to the core teaching mission of the Department, and engage with graduate and undergraduate students.  An earned doctorate in a field closely related to Astronautical Engineering is required.

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and welcomes applications from 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.  The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is committed to enabling the success of dual career families and fosters a family-friendly environment.

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.  Please apply online by February 1, 2019; applications received after this date might not be considered.  Interested individuals who wish to inquire further are welcome to contact the chair of the faculty search committee, Prof. Dan Erwin (

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is among the top tier of engineering schools in the world.  It counts 189 full-time tenure-track faculty members, and it 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 Excellence, CREATE.  The school is affiliated with the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, the Institute for Creative Technologies and the USC Stevens Center for Innovation.  Research expenditures typically exceed $200 million annually.

REQ20067332 Posted Date: 10/26/2018

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