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Assistant Professor in Spaceflight Engineering

Application Window

Open date: October 5th, 2021

Next review date: Thursday, Dec 16, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Jan 31, 2022 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 & Aerospace Engineering seeks candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position, with a focus on Spaceflight Engineering. This search is a part of UC Davis’ commitment to hiring leading research faculty with a strong commitment to teaching, research and service that address the needs of our increasingly diverse state, faculty, and student populations.

A new campus Center for Spaceflight Research was founded in 2019 to strengthen UC Davis’ space research efforts and to take advantage of burgeoning opportunities in spaceflight research. This new center provides opportunities for the successful candidate to play a key role in shaping research directions at UC Davis by adding depth to our current expertise while strategically addressing spaceflight engineering questions of tactical importance to our nation and the world.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field. Applications are encouraged from candidates with a strong background in any current or emerging area that contributes to Spaceflight Engineering. Any area relating to spaceflight/spacecraft/space mission/space exploration/space vehicles engineering will be considered, including technology related to either human or robotic missions in any aspect. We are particularly interested in candidates who use their creativity, engineering skills, and leadership opportunities to promote the collaborative discovery of solutions to difficult challenges in space flight.

The current teaching expectation in the department is three courses per academic year. These courses will include material in the successful candidate’s area of expertise for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as core and elective undergraduate and graduate courses, and the development of new courses, as necessary. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to promote the professional development of graduate students in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs through high-quality mentoring that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion.

In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education, such as (but not limited to) women, underrepresented minorities, individuals self- identifying as LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, economically disadvantaged groups, first-generation, undocumented students, or students with any intersections in between.

Successful candidates will help advance UC Davis’ strategic goal of improving access and building an inclusive community for all marginalized populations. The successful candidate also will have an accomplished track record of, or potential for (calibrated to career stage) teaching, research, or service activities addressing the needs of underrepresented minorities, and a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will continue to contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population. Applicants’ track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion and/or their plans for future engagement will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment.

Minimum Qualifications
• Ph.D. degree or equivalent in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field.

Additional Qualifications
• Evidence of excellence or strong potential for excellence in research that complements or extends existing research strengths in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the potential to attract extramural funding.
• Evidence of commitment to or strong potential for commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities, and how this commitment integrates with teaching, research, and service.
• Commitment to excellence in teaching. Must demonstrate evidence of ability to perform well at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and to develop and teach new undergraduate and graduate courses or seminars.

The appointment will be as an academic year (9-month) tenure-track Assistant Professor.

Application Requirements
For full consideration, applications must be completed by December 15, 2021, with appointment starting as early as July 1, 2022. Application packages should be submitted online through RECRUIT link and should include the following documents:
• Cover Letter
• Curriculum Vitae
• Statement of Research
• Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
• Statement of Teaching Accomplishments and Philosophy
• Contact information of at least 3 individuals who will be contacted to provide a letter of reference on your behalf.
Authorization to Release Information - A reference check will be completed only if you are selected as the first choice candidate. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form: https://aadocs.ucdavis.edu/your-resources/forms-and-checklists/forms/ARF.pdf

We also encourage applicants to explore the College's, and Department’s websites.

We strongly recommend that all candidates visit our website for additional information about how their application materials - including their Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - will be assessed by the Search Committee in the screening and review process.

Inquiries should be submitted to Professor Sanjay Joshi, Recruitment Committee Chair, mae-search-space-2022@ucdavis.edu.

COVID-19
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, full in-person campus operations, including in-person academic, research and scholarly activities, are expected to resume in Fall 2021. As a result, interviews, seminars, and additional consultations are expected to occur in-person. If remote platforms, including Zoom, are necessary, we will provide access.

Our Commitment
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California, Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by faculty who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our recently developed Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our new strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. The Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan. The University has taken many steps to uphold these goals and visions, which are outlined through this timeline.

The University
Since 1908, UC Davis has been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100- plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society. Additional information about UC Davis, its history, rankings, dedication to student success, environmental sustainability, and academic excellence is available here. Information regarding the diversity of our student body is located here.

UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast- or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a nationally recognized Work-Life Program for Academics that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home, and community. In addition, the campus sponsors extensive programs in support of faculty relocation including the Partner Opportunities Program (POP) and Capital Resource Network (CRN) services designed to support new faculty as they transition to our campus.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) are strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis -- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. The complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy can be found at this website.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check.

More Info: https://mae.ucdavis.edu

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    a) PhD degree or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a related field.

    b) Evidence of excellence or strong potential for excellence in research that complements or extends existing research strengths in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the potential to attract extramural funding.

    c) A record of technical excellence in one or more sub-topics of Spaceflight Engineering, as evidenced by published research, teaching experience, and funded collaboration with the U.S. aerospace industry and/or federal agencies.

    d) Commitment to excellence in teaching. The candidate must demonstrate evidence of ability to perform well at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and to develop and teach new undergraduate and graduate courses or seminars.

    e) Evidence of commitment to or strong potential for commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae with publications list

  • Three significant publications

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are selected as the first choice candidate. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form: (https://aadocs.ucdavis.edu/your-resources/forms-and-checklists/forms/ARF.pdf).

Reference requirements
  • 4 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04472

Help contact: mae-search-space-2022@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

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. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Davis, CA