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Faculty Positions in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Engineering
Department: Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Location: Greater Washington, D.C., Metro Area
Categories: Engineering, Instructional / Teaching Faculty

Job Description

The Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech invites applications for multiple tenure-track or tenured faculty positions effective August 2020.  We seek candidates who are committed to a culture of excellence and inclusion, will conduct innovative and scholarly research, and teach graduate and undergraduate courses.   

Particular areas of interest include: 

  1.  Data science with applications in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
  2.  Small-satellites and constellations of satellites
  3.  Positioning, navigation, and timing.  

The positions require a doctorate in engineering or a related discipline such as computer science, robotics, mathematics, or physics.  The positions will be filled at a rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.

It is anticipated that the positions will be located in Arlington, Virginia, and will align with initiatives in the greater Washington D.C. metro area, including the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, Commonwealth Cyber Initiative,  Virginia SmallSat Data Consortium,  and transdisciplinary destination areas.  Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to innovation and economic development.  Faculty with an interest in developing entrepreneurial or consultative relationships with companies and agencies in the Washington D.C. area will be encouraged and supported in doing so.  Depending upon candidate qualifications, existing relationships can be leveraged to offer unique opportunities.

The successful candidate will join an endowed department comprising 37 faculty members, 200 graduate students, and 600 undergraduate students. The candidate may contribute to the department’s existing collaborations with the Hume Center for National Security and Technology (www.hume.vt.edu), the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (www.ictas.vt.edu) and the Center for Space Science and Engineering Research, or Space@VT (www.space.vt.edu).    

Recognizing the importance of diverse teams of scholars, and Virginia Tech’s role as the commonwealth’s land grant university, the Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Department is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who will adopt and practice the university’s Principles of Community, which are fundamental to Virginia Tech’s on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members.

Required Qualifications

A Ph.D. degree in engineering or a related discipline such as computer science, robotics, mathematics, or physics is required.

The successful candidate for this position must be capable of initiating new research programs in areas that support the development of aerospace and/or ocean systems. The faculty member will be expected to help recruit, and then guide and mentor, graduate students to conduct research. The successful candidate will teach relevant Aerospace or Ocean Engineering subjects at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Candidates must be strongly committed to working within a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff.

Review Date

December 1, 2019

Additional Information

Applicants must clearly indicate in their cover letter to which one of the three particular interests in which they are applying. Applicants must provide a cover letter, contact information for three professional references, a candidate statement discussing teaching, research, and professional goals, and a current CV.  Prospective applicants who wish to obtain further information should contact: Dr. Jonathan Black, Professor and Faculty Search Committee Chair, Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering (MC 0203), Virginia Tech, 460 Old Turner Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061, E-Mail: jonathan.black@vt.edu.

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

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. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

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 desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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