Assistant Professor - Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Colorado Springs
23 Mar 2023
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23 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Full Time
Assistant Professor - Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering - 28405 Faculty

Envision yourself in a collaborative, inclusive, and innovative work environment that has a deep commitment to position our graduates for success in their professional and personal lives. Visualize applying your energy and skills for an organization that respects and cares about its employees enough to offer some of the best benefits of the industry while encouraging every team member to grow, collaborate, and provide input on how to consistently make the workplace a place people love to work. Imagine working at a college that welcomes everyone — students, faculty, staff, and community members — regardless of their backgrounds, beliefs, or traditions. If what was just described is what you look for in a workplace, welcome to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)!

The Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor. For this position, we seek an early career faculty member in mechanical and aerospace engineering, ideally starting in the fall 2023 semester. Tenure-track faculty members are expected to engage in teaching, research, and service activities. Strong candidates will demonstrate the potential for establishing collaboration with existing faculty.

Who We Are:

The MAE department currently has 19 full-time faculty. Visit for more information.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 9,000 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. UCCS offers 53 undergraduate degree programs, 24 graduate degree programs, and 8 doctoral programs. UCCS is also home to the world's only Bachelor of InnovationTM program, which allows our graduates to master multi-disciplinary skills and graduate ready to create real change in the world. UCCS was recently classified as a "High Research Activity" university by the Carnegie Foundation and takes pride in being the only higher education institution in southern Colorado that explicitly includes research as part of its mission. We have a strong focus in fueling student success by creating, using, and maintaining a multitude of offices – First Year Experience, Excel Centers, Academic Advising, and the Career Center just to name a few. Overall, UCCS is constantly focused of preparing our students to have success in the future, and we understand that every single employee on our campus has a significant effect on that focus.

The city, which was recently ranked as the number two Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report in 2022, known as Olympic City USA, rests at the base of Pikes Peak, the inspiration for the song "America the Beautiful" and a must-see for residents and visitors alike. The 14,115 foot summit is just one of dozens of area attractions, including scenic trails, museums, parks, a zoo and more. With a mild climate and 247 days of sunshine each year, the Springs boasts some of the state's best recreation opportunities.

Job Duties:


This faculty position will be expected to pursue and attract external funding for their research, maintain a strong and regular publication record, and collaborate with existing faculty in the areas of polymer composite/materials research, data-driven modeling of non-linear systems, and/or multiphase/reacting flow.

The MAE Department at UCCS is relatively small in size; thus, all the tenure-track faculty in the department are expected to teach undergraduate and graduate classes, while simultaneously developing an externally-funded program of research. The College of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) at UCCS offers degrees at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels. MAE research facilities include the Advanced Manufacturing Lab, the Combustion & Acoustics Lab, the Computational Fluids & Thermal Lab, the Computational Solid Mechanics Lab, the Data-Driven Modeling Lab, the Heat Transfer & Applied Thermodynamics Lab, and the MultiPhase & BioFluids Lab. More information can be found by visiting

UCCS provides a state-of-the-art HPC cluster, called INCLINE, for use by the UCCS and Southern Colorado scientific communities. INCLINE's state-of-the-art hardware was designed to support a broad range of high-performance scientific applications, ranging from compiler design to computational physics. INCLINE better than 150 TFLOPS peak theoretical performance. This heterogeneous cluster supports codes with distributed (MPI), shared (OpenMP), and GPU (CUDA, NVidia A100) parallelization and has high-speed scratch storage and infiniband interconnect systems. INCLINE contains 28 computational nodes, each of which has 128CPU cores with 256GB memory and 4 TB local, RAID 1, and SSD storage. Two of the computational nodes are designated as high-memory nodes for processing data from simulation or high-speed imaging systems. In addition to the 28 computational nodes, INCLINE contains two GPU nodes, each containing two NVidia A100 GPUs. UCCS also provides licenses for students and faculty for commercial computational software, including MATLAB, Python, and Maple, and the finite element analysis (FEA) packages ANSYS (including Fluent) and COMSOL. The College of EAS maintains a virtualized Linux environment with compilers for C, C++, and FORTRAN.


The MAE department at UCCS places high priority on teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering topics as supports the department. The department is supportive of faculty disseminating research in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. As such, new courses may be developed based on department need. All faculty are expected to participate in curriculum maintenance including laboratory courses.

The MAE Department has state-of-the-art instructional lab facilities that include the Fluids Lab, Instrumentation Lab, Materials Lab, Senior Design Prototyping Lab, and a machine shop that contains mills, lathes, computer numerical control (CNC) mills, and 3D printers. The machine shop is staffed full-time by a lab technician who provides training in machine shop practices and support with prototype development. MAE students have access to all of these facilities where they can experiment, design, prototype, and learn to use new equipment. The MAE Department is also building new lab facilities for aeronautics, rocketry, and space systems in an annex to the Engineering and Applied Science Building, in support of the new Aerospace Engineering Bachelor's degree program.


All tenure track faculty are expected to engage in service activities to support the University, city, state, region, nation and/or professional associations.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Work Location: On-site

This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

What We Offer:

Salary Range: Generally starting at $84,500-$90,500 per academic year.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers excellent benefits, some of which include:
    Medical insurance, with the lowest cost option being $0 to the employee Dental, Vision, Life and Disability insurance Mandatory retirement plans. Employees contribute 5% of their annual compensation. CU doubles that and contributes 10% Tuition Assistant Benefit available to you or a dependent Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of employment Faculty Housing Assistance Program

Tentative Search Timeline:
    Priority will be given to applications submitted by January 23, 2023. However, this posting will remain open until filled. The potential dates for interviews with the search committee will be the weeks of February 13 and February 20, 2023. The potential dates for interviews with the supervisor and appointing authority will be the weeks of March 13 and March 20, 2023. The potential employee start date is August 14, 2023.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

Minimum Qualifications:
    A Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or a closely related field; conferred by date of appointment

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to move. Employee is occasionally required to have long periods of sitting, moderate bending, and fine motor skills.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.
Special Instructions to Applicants: - Applications submitted by January 23, 2023 will receive full consideration. However, this posting will remain open until the position is filled. - Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. Please apply at (job #: 28405). - Official transcripts will be required upon hire. - Finalist should be prepared to provide at least 5 references, 2 of which should be supervisors. If you have technical difficulties with your application, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200 #5 or Job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact. The successful candidate must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States upon hire. Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy Application Materials Instructions: Please identify the job specific minimum qualifications you possess in your cover letter and be sure your resume includes any and all relevant experience to be accurately assessed against the qualifications listed in the posting. To apply, please submit the following application materials to this posting. 1. A current resume. Must include date ranges to include month and year (mm/yyyy) and whether the position was full time or part time. 2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 3. Statement of Research Philosophy 4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy When submitting the materials, check the Job Specific Attachments box next to each document in order for the search committee members to see your materials.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Colorado Springs Department: C0001 -- Colorado Springs Campus - 40047 - EAS-Mechanical & Aerospace Eng

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Dec 13, 2022

Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Michael Larson Posting Contact Email: Position Number: 00805172

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