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Asst/Assoc/Full Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics - Astrodynamics

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, United States
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Purdue University is a vast laboratory for discovery. The university is known not only for science, technology, engineering and math programs, but also for our imagination, ingenuity and innovation. It's a place where those who seek an education come to make their ideas real - especially when those transformative discoveries lead to scientific, technological, social or humanitarian impact.

Founded in 1869 in West Lafayette, Indiana, the university proudly serves its state as well as the nation and the world. Academically, Purdue's role as a major research institution is supported by top-ranking disciplines in pharmacy, business, engineering and agriculture. More than 39,000 students are enrolled here. All 50 states and 130 countries are represented. Add about 850 student organizations and Big Ten Boilermaker athletics, and you get a college atmosphere that's without rival.

Be a part of something that moves the world forward.

A nationally renowned university: From lawns to lecture halls, Purdue's culture attracts the very best - and it shows. Research is more than a buzzword here it's a way of life that's changing lives. Whether it's agriculture (the 2009 World Food Prize winner calls Purdue home), homeland security, or particle accelerators, the search for new knowledge and solutions is never at a standstill.

A great community: Close to both Chicago and Indianapolis, West Lafayette offers much without losing its small town charm. Our university has helped shape the development of the surrounding community, and the result, the Lafayette West Lafayette area, is a place that nearly 100,000 people are proud to call home.

A robust benefits package and a commitment to work/life balance: There's employee assistance counseling to help you through a difficult time; generous leave policies and flexible work arrangements; and programming to educate you about your benefits, nutrition, work/life balance, and more. With emphasis on the more.


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Faculty Positions in School of Aeronautics and Astronautics - Astrodynamics


The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University invites applications for multiple tenured/tenure track positions at all ranks, seeking to attract exceptional candidates with interests and expertise in spacecraft engineering and design, emphasizing astrodynamics, guidance, navigation and control, including spacecraft attitude dynamics and control, and small spacecraft systems. Successful candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering or a related engineering discipline and demonstrate excellent potential to build an independent research program at the forefront of their field, as well as potential to educate and mentor students. The successful candidate will conduct original research, advise graduate students, teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, and perform service at the School, College, and University levels.

The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University is consistently recognized as an international leader in the quality of its educational programs, along with the innovation and depth of its graduate research program and its technology and workforce impact on the aerospace industry. With approximately 960 undergraduate students, 600 graduate students, and 38 faculty members, the School is among the top six programs in the US. Additional information is available at https://engineering.purdue.edu/AAE and https://engineering.purdue.edu/AAE/research/astrodynamics.

The School is an integral part of Purdue’s College of Engineering. Purdue Engineering is one of the largest and top-ranked engineering colleges in the nation (7th for graduate programs, 3rd for online graduate engineering programs, and 9th for undergraduate programs per USWNR, 2020/2021) and renowned for top-notch faculty, students, unique research facilities, and a culture of collegiality and excellence. The College goal of Pinnacle of Excellence at Scale is guiding strategic growth in new directions, by investing in people, exciting Purdue Engineering Initiatives (PEI's), and facilities. These positions are part of the Cislunar Space Purdue Engineering Initiative which aims to leverage existing strengths in mission design and propulsion to advance access to cislunar space, characterize and enable the utilization of resources from the Moon and near-Earth objects, and conceive the infrastructure necessary for cislunar space development and habitability.

Use this posting link https://career8.successfactors.com/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=11904&company=purdueuniv to submit required application documents including a complete curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and a statement of research, and names and contact information of three references. For information/questions regarding applications contact the Office of Academic Affairs, College of Engineering, at coeacademicaffairs@purdue.edu. Review of applications will begin on November 16, 2020 and will continue until position is filled.  A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Purdue is an ADVANCE institution http://www.purdue.edu/advance-purdue/. Purdue University’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Purdue and the College of Engineering have a Concierge Program that provides dual career assistance and relocation services.


Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

13 November 2020
13 December 2020
Professor / Faculty
Education and Training