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Research Assistant Professor

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061
Aerospace Engineering

Job Description

The Research Assistant Professor is expected to be an expert in space payload development and mission planning. Specifically, a knowledge of building hardware for the space environment, experience working with small or "cube" satellite programs, and environmentally testing hardware for space launch and operation. In addition, experience with space-based communications and networking is desired with both RF and optical communication strategies. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in existing research programs and develop new programs of their own. The successful candidate will also serve the educational mission of the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering. Duties include developing new contacts with potential sponsors; identifying grant and contract opportunities; proposal preparation and writing and budget preparation; taking a technical lead in maintaining and developing instrumentation, in identifying and implementing new instrumentation, identifying, developing, and implementing new experiments for student research and laboratory-based education. The Research Assistant Professor is expected to mentor students, build a strong publication record, and serve as PI/co-PI on sponsored programs. Experience in designing hardware and instrumentation for the space radiation environment is preferred. This includes knowledge of operating space-based cameras and sensors from the laboratory environment to the space environment.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in aerospace or a closely related field
  • Significant experience conducting research in the space environment, space-based communication, and small satellite systems
  • Experience developing, submitting, and managing funded programs.
  • Experience mentoring students.

Appointment Type


Review Date

September 22, 2023

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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