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Tenure-Track Position in Remote Sensing

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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 in the area of Remote Sensing Technology. 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. CU Boulder has a highly ranked engineering college with several top 10 programs, including Aerospace Engineering Sciences. The department has an active remote and in-situ sensing research program as part of its CCAR research center (

Remote sensing is a multidisciplinary field that bridges engineering with the applied sciences. Candidates are expected to conduct research that advances this multidisciplinary field. Examples of possible research aligned with department interests include developing new remote (or in-situ) sensing systems, exploiting remote sensing capabilities from the ground / air / space for Earth, Space, or Planetary science, innovating data analysis and modeling approaches that use remote sensing data or inform the development of new remote sensing technology. The department has active research programs in a variety of aerospace topics that align with remote sensing, such as the development of aerospace vehicles which serve as platforms for remote sensing instrumentation (for example, cubesats / smallsats: visit and UAS: visit Candidates whose expertise cuts across engineering and related disciplines, including data science, are encouraged to apply.

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

For more information about the Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, please visit:

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Successful candidates will be expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program in their technical area, participate in the development and teaching of the aerospace engineering undergraduate curriculum and remote sensing, earth and space science graduate curriculum, and contribute to professional leadership and service. 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: 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.

Be Statements

Be curious. Be impactful. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Candidates must have earned a PhD or equivalent degree in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics or a related field by the time they are appointed as a tenure-track faculty member.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter: A 1-page cover letter summarizing your 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 scholarly work in your particular field, your ideas for interdisciplinary collaboration, and identifying facilities and faculty at CU that will support your research (2 - 3 pages).
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy: A statement describing your experience and interests in teaching undergraduates and graduates, and identifying facilities and faculty at CU that will support your teaching goals. This statement should address which core aerospace engineering undergraduate courses you can teach, as well as graduate classes you can teach or that you 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 supports the department’s vision, see: (2 - 3 pages).
  6. Reference Contact Information: The names and contact information for 3 to 5 references who will be contacted as the search progresses.

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

The position will remain open until filled, though for full consideration, please apply no later than November 1, 2022.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs for job requisition number: 42978.

For inquiries, please contact the Search Committee Chair: Prof. R. Steven Nerem (

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