Two Faculty Opportunities at UC Davis

Aircraft Analysis and Design
The MAE department has a research emphasis on computational and experimental aero/fluid/thermal/structural dynamics, aeroacoustics, rotorcraft aerodynamics and control, spacecraft and robotics design, aircraft/spacecraft dynamics and control, and composite structures. MAE hosts two subsonic wind tunnel facilities. MAE also has long-standing strengths in hybrid-electric vehicles, autonomous/remotely-operated systems, and aerospace system design. The new position is expected to strengthen the Department’s existing efforts in the area of aircraft design and engineering with the opportunity to utilize the department’s unique wind tunnel facilities for pioneering research.

The successful candidate’s research interests in aircraft analysis and design applications may include – but are not limited to – aircraft analysis, performance, and design, flow control, applied aerodynamics, computational and experimental aerodynamics, aero-propulsive interaction, multidisciplinary aircraft optimization, commercial supersonics, electrified aircraft, Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL), or advanced air mobility (AAM). The candidate should to have a strong background in systems integration as applied to one or more of these areas, plus a strong background in traditional aircraft design principles.

The candidate must have completed a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field by the closure of the search period. The candidate is expected to develop a strong and active research program in their field of expertise and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in aerospace engineering, including but not limited to aircraft performance and design courses, and is also expected to develop new courses, as necessary.

Applications are due by October 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST; apply here:

Inquiries should be submitted to Associate Professor Seongkyu Lee, Recruitment Committee Chair,
Spaceflight Engineering
A new campus Center for Spaceflight Research was founded in 2019 to strengthen UC Davis’ space research efforts and to take advantage of burgeoning opportunities in spaceflight research. This new center provides opportunities for the successful candidate to play a key role in shaping research directions at UC Davis by adding depth to our current expertise while strategically addressing spaceflight engineering questions of tactical and strategic importance to our nation and the world.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field. Applications are encouraged from candidates with a strong background in any current or emerging area that contributes to Spaceflight Engineering. Any area relating to spaceflight/spacecraft/space mission/space exploration/space vehicles engineering will be considered, including technology related to either human or robotic missions in any aspect. We are particularly interested in candidates who use their creativity, engineering skills, and leadership opportunities to promote the collaborative discovery of solutions to difficult challenges in space flight.

The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong research program and collaborate on activities of the space flight center and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the relevant areas within the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Applications are due by December 16, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. PST; apply here:

Inquiries should be submitted to Professor Sanjay Joshi, Recruitment Committee Chair,
For Both Positions
The appointment will be as an academic year (9-month) tenure-track Assistant Professor. Applicants must have been awarded a Ph.D. degree by the date of hire.

The current teaching expectation in the department is three courses per academic year. These courses will include material in the successful candidate’s area of expertise for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as core and elective undergraduate and graduate courses, and the development of new courses, as necessary. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to promote the professional development of graduate students in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs through high-quality mentoring that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion.

In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education, such as (but not limited to) women, underrepresented minorities, individuals self- identifying as LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, economically disadvantaged groups, first-generation, undocumented students, or students with any intersections in between.

Successful candidates will help advance UC Davis’ strategic goal of improving access and building an inclusive community for all marginalized populations. The successful candidate also will have an accomplished track record of, or potential for (calibrated to career stage) teaching, research, or service activities addressing the needs of underrepresented minorities, and a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will continue to contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population. Applicants’ track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion and/or their plans for future engagement will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment.

We encourage applicants to explore the College’s, and Department’s websites.

We strongly recommend that all candidates visit our website for additional information about how their application materials – including their Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – will be assessed by the Search Committee in the screening and review process.
How to Apply
Application packages should be submitted online through RECRUIT link and should include the following documents:
Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. degree or equivalent in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field.

Additional Qualifications

  • Evidence of excellence or strong potential for excellence in research that complements or extends existing research strengths in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the potential to attract extramural funding.
  • Evidence of commitment to or strong potential for commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities, and how this commitment integrates with teaching, research, and service.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching. Must demonstrate evidence of ability to perform well at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and to develop and teach new undergraduate and graduate courses or seminars.