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Teaching Assistant Professor/Instructor - Aerospace Engineering Sciences

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences (AES) at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a full-time Instructor to teach in its undergraduate program. The instructor will be a member of the AES faculty and will participate in course development and assessment, faculty governance, and university service.

Candidates are sought who have an MS or PhD degree in either aerospace, aeronautical, or astronautical engineering, or a closely related field or equivalent industry experience.  Applicants must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills along with the ability to teach and work in a highly collaborative environment.  Preference will be given to applicants with prior university teaching experience, years of experience, and graduate degrees.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences website ( to understand the educational mission of the department and the specific courses that are taught in the undergraduate curriculum and how they would specifically contribute to offering these courses.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

CU Boulder's Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences is nationally known for teaching and research that address both challenges and opportunities facing the aerospace profession. Students work extensively on hands-on experiments in the Practical Innovation Through Learning, Observation and Teaching (PILOT) Laboratory and design projects alongside expert faculty in the department's world-class research centers. CU aerospace alumni are working at top companies and research labs, including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Johnson Space Center, The Boeing Company, and Lockheed Martin.

We are home to 58-tenure track, research, and instructional faculty, over 675 graduate students and 1200 undergraduates. Our vibrant community of engineers and scientists tackle challenges in aerospace technology and science.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Viable candidates should be capable of teaching a wide range of undergraduate aerospace engineering courses in both lecture and laboratory formats. Candidates are expected to fit into curriculum groups focused on a) structures, materials, and structural dynamics or b) aerospace design and system engineering. These areas include courses related to statics and structural analysis, experimental and computational methods, material science for aerospace engineers, aerospace vehicle design and performance, and mechanics of materials. Engineering design or operational experience in one or both of these areas is ideal. An understanding and appreciation for aerospace engineering fundamentals, as well as excellent management, communication, and organizational skills, along with a willingness to learn quickly, is required. A successful candidate in this position will teach multiple courses during the academic year and summer terms. This instructor position typically has effort allocations of 80% teaching and 20% service, however these allocations are negotiable for a highly qualified applicant. Research is typically not included in this position, unless related to engineering education.

What You Should Know

Candidates who are invited for an in-depth interview will be expected to conduct a lecture in one or more of the topics identified in this opening. The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks for all final applicants.

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $70,000 - $95,000 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

Candidates must have a graduate degree from an accredited institution or equivalent industry experience. They should also have professional experience teaching at the University level.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience teaching both large (100+ students) and small classes. 
  • Experience teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. CV or Resume.
  2. Cover letter (addressed to Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder).
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy and interests which are relevant to the Aerospace Engineering curriculum.
  4. Names and contact information for four (4) references.
    • Additionally, you will need to separately enter contact information for three (3) references who will be contacted to provide letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses. These references can be from the above list. Reference letters should come from advisors, mentors or colleagues who can speak to your professional performance and nature.
  5. Optional: Transcripts/Proof of degree
  6. Optional: Diversity and Inclusion Statement
  7. Optional: Student/Course evaluations
Applications submitted by February 25, 2022 will receive full consideration. Position will remain open until filled.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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