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Teaching Assistant Professor in 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 Teaching Assistant Professor (non-tenure-track Instructor) to teach in its undergraduate program with an emphasis on aerospace vehicle design (aircraft and/or spacecraft), propulsion, and aeronautics. While Teaching Assistant Professor is the anticipated hiring rank, Teaching Associate Professor or Teaching Professor ranks may be considered based on experience and qualifications. This position will be a member of the AES faculty and will participate in course development and assessment, faculty governance, and university service. The position is anticipated to start in Fall 2023.

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 550 graduate students, and over 1,100 undergraduates. Our vibrant community of engineers and scientists tackle challenges in aerospace technology and science.

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

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

A successful candidate in this position will typically teach 5 courses during the academic year. This position typically includes an effort allocation of 80% teaching and 20% service. Research is typically not included in this position unless related to engineering education.

What You Should Know

  • The anticipated start date is August 14, 2023.
  • This is a three-year renewable position.
  • 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 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

  • PhD degree in either aerospace, aeronautical, or astronautical engineering, or a closely related field or a MS degree in either aerospace, aeronautical, or astronautical engineering, or a closely related field with 4 years of experience.

What You Will Need

  • Viable candidates should be capable of teaching a wide range of undergraduate aerospace engineering courses in both lecture and laboratory formats. Specific areas of interest include aerospace vehicle design (aircraft and/or spacecraft) and propulsion systems. These areas include courses related to statics and structural analysis, aerospace vehicle design and performance, dynamics and control, aerodynamics, propulsion, aircraft design, and thermodynamics. Engineering design experience 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.
  • Applicants must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills along with the ability to teach and work in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Candidates with prior university teaching experience in a relevant field and years of industry experience in a relevant field are encouraged to apply. Relevant fields are aerospace, aeronautical, astronautical engineering, or closely related fields.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV.
  2. A cover letter addressed to Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder.
  3. A statement of teaching philosophy and interests which are relevant to the Aerospace Engineering Sciences curriculum.
  4. A statement of how you plan to contribute to CU’s efforts to become a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist university. For guidance in writing this statement, see
  5. The names and contact information for 3 to 5 references who may be contacted for letters of recommendation as the search progresses.

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled, however, to guarantee full consideration please submit your application by November 15, 2022.

Candidates who are invited for an in-depth interview will be expected to conduct a lecture on one or more of the topics identified in this opening.

The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks for all final applicants.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs for job requisition number: 42362.

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Posting contact name: Bobby Hodgkinson

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