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Assistant Teaching Professor (LPSOE) in Aerospace Engineering

Assistant Teaching Professor (LPSOE) in Aerospace Engineering

University of California San Diego

Position overview Position title: Assistant Teaching Professor (LPSOE) Application Window
Open date: September 13, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Oct 14, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at the University of California, San Diego invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor, also termed Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (equivalent to tenure-track).

We are interested in candidates with expertise and teaching experience in the core areas of aerospace engineering emerging from new space applications (launch vehicles, robotic and crewed vehicles, next-generation space stations, Lunar missions, in-situ rescue recovery, Lunar and Mars bases, small satellites), carbon emission-free aviation technologies and flight vehicle design, and autonomous and semi-autonomous drone applications (both from an algorithmic and experimental perspective). The ability to innovate and teach theory and laboratory courses and aerospace design at the undergraduate level is expected, and professional experience in the aerospace industry is highly desirable. Generally, teaching professors are full-time faculty who are expected to teach 8 units (two courses) per 10-week term for a total of 24 units over the academic year. In addition to demonstrating excellence in teaching, individuals in this position are expected to engage in professional activities and services related to the pedagogical mission of the department and university.

Teaching faculty are expected to do much more than excel at teaching. They have leadership responsibility, not only as teachers, but as facilitators and initiators of instructional development, curriculum design, course structure, teaching methods, new technologies, and coordination of a spectrum of teaching activities. They play a leadership role in teaching in the department and their disciplines. Further, they provide university and public service in addition to educational leadership beyond the campus and contributions to instruction-related activities.

Candidates should demonstrate innovative teaching methodologies, the potential to teach core and advanced lecture and/or laboratory courses in aerospace engineering, and be highly motivated to improve the undergraduate student experience. The required job duties include teaching and mentoring of university students, curriculum development, accreditation, service activities, supervising undergraduate research, and mentoring undergraduate teams in their student competition activities (e.g. AIAA Design-Build-Fly, AUVSI aircraft/drone/underwater robots, SAE Heavy Lift, and other student competition teams) and UCSD aerospace clubs.

A candidate for appointment, merit increase, or promotion in this series is judged by the following criteria:

  • Teaching of truly exceptional quality that meets our long-term instructional needs
  • Professional achievement and activity; an appointee in the L(P)SOE series is expected to maintain currency in the profession and pedagogy
  • University and public service; Educational leadership in our programs and beyond the campus, plus substantial contributions to instruction-related, extra-curricular, and outreach activities

    Rank: As an Assistant Teaching Professor (also termed Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment), this appointment confers membership in the Academic Senate, and, contingent upon promotion, security of employment. For more details see

    Salary: Level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications; salary based on UC pay scales and market conditions.

    Closing Date: Applications received by the initial review date will be given full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

    For applicants with interest in spousal/partner employment, please see for the UCSD Partner Opportunities Program.

    The University of California is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff and student body (



    Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
    A Ph.D. degree (or advancement to candidacy) is required in the area of Engineering or a related discipline at the time of application.
    Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
    Ph.D. degree

    Preferred qualifications
    Preferred candidates will have demonstrated accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion, such as increasing the access and success of underrepresented students or faculty in engineering. Candidates should have a desire to participate in the School's diversity initiatives (

    Application Requirements

    Document requirements

    • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
    • Cover Letter
    • Statement of Research Interests and Leadership
    • Statement of Teaching
    • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.
    • Misc / Additional (Optional)

    Reference requirements

    • 4-5 required (contact information only)

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    Campus Information
    The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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