Research Assistant Professor
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.
- 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.
September 22, 2023
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.
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