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Open Rank Tenure-Track Faculty Positions - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Job Description

Posting Number


Internal Recruitment


Working Title

Open Rank Tenure-Track Faculty Positions - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate with education and experience

Work Schedule

Academic Assignment-hours will vary

Job Location

Raleigh, NC


Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

About the Department

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) is among the largest and most prominent in the nation. The department offers separate B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in both Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Aerospace Engineering (AE). The MAE department currently boasts 50 highly recognized tenure-track faculty, 7 professional track faculty and 19 staff members. The Department has an enrollment of over 1,200 undergraduates and 400 graduate students. The College of Engineering is ranked overall #25 by US News and #9 in research expenditures among all engineering colleges in the nation.
NC State’s location on Centennial Campus, combined with its proximity to the Research Triangle Park and neighboring universities, provides extensive opportunities for academic and industrial interaction and collaboration. Further information on the department can be found at:

Essential Job Duties

The Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University invites applications for multiple tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level. Appointments at the Associate or Full Professor levels, with tenure, will be considered for exceptional applicants. We welcome applicants with the ability to address research challenges and collaborate with existing and emerging research activities in the department, college, and university. The department is interested in exceptional candidates with expertise in any discipline associated with Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Applicants with research expertise in the following fields are especially encouraged:

(1) Mechatronics and robotics
(2) Engineering applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning
(3) Renewable energy, energy storage, and sustainability
(4) Hypersonics, with a focus on a) guidance control and navigation including robust fault-tolerant control algorithms, physical reservoir computing, multiplatform coordination for guidance and navigation, trajectory planning, and any other relevant cutting-edge research topics, b) multidisciplinary optimization; c) computational hypersonics; d) gas surface interactions and novel/functional material integration in hypersonic platforms; e) hypersonic propulsion, and f) any other topics that have application in high-speed aerospace vehicles;
(5) Space systems including a) space situational awareness; b) space propulsion; c) mission planning; d) debris handling; e) multi-satellite coordination f) any other topics that have application in space systems 
(6) aircraft/spacecraft structures with emphasis on materials and coatings for extreme environments, hot structures.

Candidates will be expected to fully contribute to the department’s mission through (i) the development of a strong, nationally recognized, externally funded research program, (ii) teaching mechanical and/or aerospace engineering-related courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level and (iii) participating actively in professional service.

Successful candidates will have a demonstrated track record of scholarship, a creative vision for research, an active interest in engineering education, and strong communication skills. For applications at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, an emphasis will be placed on the strength and caliber of the candidate’s existing research program and the candidate’s ability and desire to provide mentorship and leadership to an enthusiastic and rapidly growing department. Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or a closely related field.

Candidates should log in to and submit a cover letter, CV, research vision, teaching philosophy, transcripts, and three references. For full consideration, applications should be received by December 31st, 2023 although applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Inquiries may be sent via email to the Faculty Search Committee Chair, at Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Minimum Education and Experience

  • Doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or other closely related fields.

Other Required Qualifications

  • Successful candidates will have a demonstrated track record of scholarship, a creative vision for research, an active interest in engineering education, and strong communication skills.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to effective teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Preferred Qualifications


Required License(s) or Certification(s)


Valid NC Driver's License required


Commercial Driver's License required


Job Open Date


Anticipated Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

In addition to your application please submit the following:
  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Contact information for at least three (3) professional references
  • Research Statement 
  • Teaching Statement 

Position Number


Position Type

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)



9 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Department ID

140901 - Mechanical & Aerospace Engr


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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