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Join the oldest aerospace engineering department in the U.S.

Our faculty research expertise covers computational science, multi-physics modeling and simulation, aerostructures, smart structures and materials, flight dynamics and control, autonomous systems, avionics and software systems, multidisciplinary design optimization, propulsion, combustion, and sustainable energy, with a mix of air and space applications. Michigan Aerospace celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014.

Our department offers a collegial and collaborative culture, with multi-disciplinary research projects across the College of Engineering and the University of Michigan. We look forward to learning about your plans for research, teaching and service and how they support our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. ​

Open positions

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter, a current CV, a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement, a teaching statement, and a list of professional references to https://apply.interfolio.com/134175

Faculty positions in Fluid Dynamics in Michigan Aerospace Engineering

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan invites applications for full-time tenure-track or tenured faculty positions at all ranks. As the oldest Aerospace Engineering department in the United States, we celebrated our 100th anniversary in 2014. We seek faculty members who commit to excellence in graduate and undergraduate education, will develop impactful, productive and novel research programs, and will contribute to our culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Candidates will be expected to complement existing research areas in the Department and across campus, and to assume a leadership position in aerospace related research. 

We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise related to Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics and/or Propulsion Sciences, preferably in connection with one of the research areas identified in our strategic vision (Sustainable Aviation, Commercial Space, Advanced Air Mobility, Digital Engineering, and Resilient Autonomy). Exceptional candidates with a strong connection with other aspects of our strategic research areas will also be considered. More information about our department can be found at https://aero-dev-01.engin.umich.edu.

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the preeminent college of engineering in the world, serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus, and service commitment permeate our culture. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community and who will build collaborative ties with other departments within the College of Engineering and the University. The University of Michigan is highly responsive to dual career needs via our dual career program.

Applicants should have earned a doctoral degree in Aerospace Engineering or a related field by the start date. Successful candidates will be expected to participate in all aspects of the department’s mission, including the development of a high-impact externally funded research program, the teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses, and the supervision of graduate students. The University of Michigan Department of Aerospace Engineering is committed to a diverse cohort of students, staff and faculty, and encourages applications from women and underrepresented minority candidates, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from other underrepresented groups.

Application Instructions

Please prepare an application containing a cover letter, your curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, three representative publications, and the names and contact information of five references. We request that applicants include a statement of their experience and vision on supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Application reviews have already commenced, and those applications received by December 15, 2023 will be given full consideration. Applications received after this date may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

LEO Lecturer III – Model-Based Systems Engineering and Systems Engineering (MBSE)

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter, a current CV, a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement, a teaching statement, and a list of professional references to http://apply.interfolio.com/134978

Job Summary

Michigan Aerospace Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan is seeking a Lecturer III focused on teaching Model-Based Systems Engineering and Systems Engineering (MBSE). Candidates should have a strong interest and demonstrated experience in teaching undergraduate students and/or early-stage engineering professionals. The courses will be offered during Fall and Winter terms. The expected percentage effort for this position will be full time, 100% effort.

Course Description

The Michigan Aerospace Engineering Department has developed a curriculum devoted to synthesizing critical functional learnings, including aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, and dynamics and control, in an integrated learning environment with deep industry partnerships. The initiative is growing substantially, with demonstrated interest from multiple corporate partners for additional elements.

  • Teach AEROSP 288 – Fundamentals of Product Development (Fall semesters)
  • Teach AEROSP 388 – Aerospace Tools and Methods (Winter semesters)
  • Teach and supporting teaching of AEROSP 488 – Product Development Leadership Capstone (as a year-long capstone directly connected with AEROSP 288 and AEROSP 388)
  • Help maintain existing corporate partnerships, and recruit and deliver new corporate partnerships 
  • Develop additional projects to complement the ones from the corporate partnerships as needed

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering with several years of demonstrated experience in systems engineering tools and methods – e.g. risk management, interface management, Six Sigma tools and processes.
  • Strong knowledge of MBSE, including requirements management, interface management, and application of digital engineering to solve complex systems problems
  • Strong product development experience
  • Digital Engineering experience in a leadership role
  • Strong project management knowledge and experience
  • Verification and validation experience
  • Demonstrated leadership in developing and managing large and diverse teams
  • Exceptional communication (oral, written) skills
  • Experience with, and a passion for, mentoring and developing future leaders

Desired Qualifications

  • Electrical/electronics/software experience a significant plus
  • Manufacturing experience desired
  • Hands-on experience with MBSE tools strongly desired
  • Advanced degree in an engineering field (aerospace, mechanical, electrical, or similar preferred)
  • Experience and interest in blending technical and leadership curriculum 
  • Prior teaching experience is strongly desired.

Mission Statement

Michigan Engineers are world-class educators, researchers, students and staff who strive to build a people-first future. As part of the nation’s number one public research institution, Michigan Engineering’s mission is to provide scientific and technological leadership to the people of the world, develop intellectually curious and socially conscious minds, create collaborative solutions to societal problems, and promote an inclusive and innovative community of service for the common good.

Our vision, mission and values are supported by a people-first engineering framework that guides our work. As Michigan Engineers, we strive to apply excellent engineering fundamentals, integrated expertise and equity-centered values to reimagine what engineering can be, close critical gaps, and elevate all people. Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: http://strategicvision.engin.umich.edu/.

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Michigan Engineering models that commitment in our research, culture and collaborations. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of that commitment. Learn more about DEI at Michigan Engineering: https://www.engin.umich.edu/culture/diversity-equity-inclusion/

Additional Information

The position is subject to final administrative approval. 

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of ten calendar days. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Selection Process

Review of candidates will continue until the position is filled. Only complete application packets will be reviewed. The expected date by which the offer of appointment will be made is December 15, 2023 with a projected start date January 1, 2024. Notification of hiring decision to all employees who have applied for this appointment opportunity will be made within fourteen (14) days after it has been filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.