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Assistant or Associate Professor - MAE - Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

West Virginia University
Job Location:
Morgantown, West Virginia
Mechanical Engineering

Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Assistant or Associate Professor

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University (WVU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the general area of aerospace engineering. The MAE department at WVU has a broad research portfolio with strengths in materials science and engineering, combustion and energy systems, robotics, and aerospace systems. This search seeks to build upon build upon these strengths specifically within the aerospace sector. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to 

  • aerospace materials: including biomimetic materials, multi-functional materials, advanced manufacturing, aeroelsticity/structures, computational materials, thermo-mechanical     and electro-mechanical interactions; 
  • aerospace robotics: including space robotics, on-orbit assembly, Unmanned Aerial Systems and urban air mobility; and 
  • aerodynamics/propulsion. 
  • astrodynamics/space

It is anticipated that this position will be filled as early as January 2023, but no later than August 2023, at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor, depending upon the qualifications and experience of the selected applicants. 


Eligible candidates must hold an earned Doctorate degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, robotics engineering, or a closely related field, at the time of appointment. The successful candidates must demonstrate the ability or potential to (1) teach lecture, laboratory or design courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in fields related to aerospace engineering, (2) develop and sustain an independent, nationally recognized and competitive externally sponsored research program, (3) collaborate effectively within multi-disciplinary teams of faculty and other researchers across WVU campus, other academic and government institutions, as well as the private sector, and (4) perform professional service activities. A notable record of peer-reviewed publications and other scholarly activities, effective communication skills, and evidence of potential to attract competitive research funding are required for these positions. Candidates for the rank of Associate Professor must also have an outstanding record of teaching, research, and service.

West Virginia University is the comprehensive Land Grant University of the State of West Virginia with a main campus enrollment of over 29,000 students, and a Carnegie Classification of Highest Research Activity (i.e., R1 University). Morgantown is a safe, inclusive and family-friendly community with a regional population of about 137,000 residents and is ranked among the most livable small cities in the country. It lies within a high technology corridor that includes several federal research facilities, such as the NASA's Independent Verification and Validation Facility (IV&V), U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The city is located within reasonable driving distances from Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC. Additional details on the area and the university are available at and 

The Statler College of WVU currently has eight academic departments with over 4,200 students and 135 faculty members. It is nationally recognized for high quality teaching and research, as well as for the accomplishments of its faculty, students, and alumni. The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering within the Statler College of WVU has 32 tenured or tenure track faculty, approximately 800 students enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs and performs approximately $10 million annually in externally funded research. A strength of MAE's undergraduate programs is the participation numerous hands-on student design teams, in which student teams routinely perform well at national and international design competitions, including several top-10 finishes in 2022 in the areas of automotive (EcoCar), rocketry (America Spaceport Cup), and space robotics (NASA RASC-AL, University Rover Challenge).  At the graduate level, each of MAE's graduate programs offering degrees mechanical, aerospace, and materials science and engineering were ranked as top 100 programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2022. 

To apply for this position, visit Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a two-page research statement, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, a one-page statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion, three representative publications, and contact information for at least three professional references. Review of applications will commence with their receipt and will continue until the position is filled. Only candidates who submit complete documentation of professional quality will be considered in the review process. For further information, please contact Dr. Jason Gross, Interim Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, by telephone (304-293-3770) or e-mail (, or visit our website at  

West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. WVU provides faculty members with a supportive environment for developing a visible and productive career (, and facilitating suitable work-life integration ( WVU also offers a Dual Career Program to assist partners of its faculty members in job search and the transition of their own careers. 

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