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Tenure-Track Position in Bioastronautics

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences (AES) Department in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Colorado Boulder is currently seeking applications for a tenure-track faculty position with a focus in Bioastronautics. The opening is targeted at the level of Assistant Professor, but experienced candidates with outstanding credentials will be considered for an Associate or Full Professor appointment.
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

Among public institutions, CU AES was ranked 6th in undergraduate and 5th in graduate programs in the 2023 US News and World Report. For more information about the Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, please visit: The department has a robust Bioastronautics program ( and is home to the BioServe Space Technologies Research Center (

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Successful candidates will be expected to engage in teaching AES undergraduate and graduate courses, contribute to professional leadership and service, develop a vigorous, externally funded research program, and contribute through their research, teaching, and service to the diversity and excellence of our academic community. Tenure-track faculty in AES typically hold positions that include 40% teaching, 40% research, and 20% service effort distributions.

What You Should Know

  • 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.
  • As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a reference check pilot program with respect to final candidates for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check pilot program is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information about a candidate's conduct at their previous institutions, specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to complete an Authorization to Release Information.
  • The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce and inclusive work culture that respects the rights and dignity of all individuals in our academic community. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at: The University of Colorado Boulder is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. To support those who have academic partners, the College of Engineering and Applied Science hosts a Dual Career and Relocation Assistance Program. For more information see

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

  • Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or a related field by the time they are appointed as a tenure-track faculty member. Our strategic areas of interest include emergent technologies that enable autonomous deep space or planetary surface habitat operations, especially in situ Resource Utilization (ISRU), advanced Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS), and radiation mitigation concepts. 
  • Candidates working in gravitational or space research involving biological or physical sciences, or other areas related to Bioastronautics, will also be considered.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter: A 1-page cover letter summarizing your interest in the position and research areas.
  2. Resume/CV: A current curriculum vitae.
  3. Statement of Research Philosophy: A statement describing your plans to develop a recognized research program based on your scholarly work, your ideas for interdisciplinary collaboration, and identifying facilities and faculty at CU that can support your research, as applicable (2 - 3 pages).
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy: A statement describing your experience and interest in teaching undergraduates and graduates with your teaching philosophy and goals. This statement should address which of our core aerospace engineering undergraduate courses you can teach, as well as graduate Bioastronautics classes you can teach or want to develop (2 - 3 pages).
  5. Diversity and Inclusion Statement: A statement describing your experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities to weave concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion into your work that support the department’s vision, see: (2 - 3 pages).
  6. Contact information for three to five references who may be contacted as the search progresses. Please include reference names, job titles, phone numbers, and email addresses.

Applicants are encouraged to review the Support for Faculty Applicants website for statement guidance.

Applications received by or on November 1, 2022 will receive full consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs for job requisition number: 42843.

For inquiries, please contact the Search Committee Chair: Prof. David Klaus (

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Posting Contact Name: David Klaus

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