The Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering (AOE) invites applications for an open rank faculty position (full, associate or assistant professor) in aerospace propulsion effective August 2019. The position will be filled, depending upon qualifications, at a rank commensurate with experience. Exceptional candidates may be additionally considered to receive the Crofton Faculty Fellowship in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering. The search seeks applicants from a broad range of fundamental and applied specializations in aerospace propulsion systems including, but not limited to, aerothermodynamics/combustion diagnostics, nonequilibrium and reacting flows, high speed aerothermodynamics (transonic through hypersonic), combustion, multiphase flows, propellants, and aeroacoustics. Research in emerging and rapidly developing areas, with the potential to transition and impact real-world aerospace and ocean engineering systems, is particularly valued. Candidates are sought who have a vision for actively pursuing new, collaborative research thrusts at the Advanced Propulsion and Power Laboratory (APPL, http://aoe.vt.edu/appl), a $4M state-of-the-art laboratory opened in 2015. The successful candidate will collaborate with faculty members in the APPL, but will have their primary appointment in the AOE department that is comprised of 33 faculty members, with approximately 185 full-time graduate students and 500 undergraduate students. The candidate may contribute to the department's existing collaborations including particularly the Center for Renewable Energy and Aerodynamic Technology (CREATe, https://create.centers.vt.edu/), as well as the Hume Center for National Security and Technology (www.hume.vt.edu), the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (www.ictas.vt.edu) and the Center for Space Science and Engineering Research (Space@VT, www.space.vt.edu). Candidates are also expected to contribute to teaching Aerospace or Ocean Engineering subjects at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The selected candidate will join an exemplary group of educators and researchers engaged in devising creative solutions for some of the most pressing problems facing society, and in generating game-changing knowledge and technologies that differentiate AOE from peer institutions in the eyes of all stakeholders. Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars. It seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions, including those that have been historically marginalized and excluded given the institutional history and legacy of the university. Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT-serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech is a recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The AOE Department strongly supports the Virginia Tech Principles of Community. Information about the AOE Department is available at www.aoe.vt.edu.
Applicants must provide a cover letter, contact information for three professional references, a candidate statement discussing teaching, research, and professional goals, and a current CV. Those wishing further information about the search process may contact Dr. Todd Lowe, Faculty Search Committee Chair, Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, 215 Randolph Hall, Virginia Tech, 460 Old Turner Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061 or at email@example.com. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are required to apply online at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/login and should use posting number TR0180128.
A Ph.D. degree in engineering is required. Candidates for this position should be capable of initiating new research programs in areas that support the development of aerospace and/or ocean systems. They should help recruit, and then guide and mentor, graduate students to conduct research. Candidates shall teach relevant Aerospace or Ocean Engineering subjects at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Strong interest in, and commitment to, working with diverse populations.