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University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Position Number: 3869078
  • Location: Fairbanks, AK
  • Position Type: Engineering - Mechanical

Assistant Professor-Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering

  • Job No: 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.


    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.

    Writing 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.

    Research: 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.

    Teaching: 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.

    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 February 27, 2023. To ensure consideration, please apply by 11:55PM Alaska Time on Sunday, February 26, 2023.


    At this time, all university employees are strongly encouraged to vaccinate themselves against the COVID-19 virus. While the federal government is not actively enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including its mandate requiring vaccination of federal contractor employees, UAF remains contractually obligated as a federal contractor to comply with those requirements should federal enforcement efforts recommence. As a result, UAF may adjust its vaccination requirements for covered UAF employees (currently Troth Yeddha' campus and employees working in connection with certain federal contracts) at any time in the future, as needed, in order to comply with its contractual obligations.

    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.

    Applications Close: Open until filled

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