Posted: Sep 21, 2022

Aerospace Engineering, Assistant Professor

Application Deadline: Nov 30, 2022

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track faculty ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position in the Aerospace Engineering Department in an area related to the study and/or promotion of Aerospace Engineering.

Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 12 such institutions nationwide. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit, and for more about faculty life, please see [email protected].

College of Engineering:

The College of Engineerings mission is to prepare students for industry and advanced studies by implementing an inclusive polytechnic philosophy through collaborative teamwork, innovation, entrepreneurship and professional integrity. The College offers 12 ABET-accredited undergraduate degrees and 7 Masters degrees to over 6,300 students across seven academic departments that include: Aerospace Engineering, Chemical and Materials Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electromechanical Engineering Technology, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The College is nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report and ranks 5th among undergraduate engineering programs in non-doctorate-granting public institutions. Additionally, it houses more than 40 student clubs that offer hands-on learning opportunities and have been recognized at several national competitions. We encourage a broad range of applicants who are committed to enhancing a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to an inclusive campus environment.

Position description: The Aerospace Engineering Department invites applications at the Assistant Professor level for a tenure-track faculty position beginning August 2023/Fall semester to teach a broad range of courses in aerospace engineering with primary responsibility in one or more of the following areas: 1. Aerospace Structures; 2. Aerospace Vehicle Design including UAS and eVTOL; and 3. Aerospace Propulsion.

Minimum requirements include

  • A Ph.D. in aerospace engineering or a closely aligned field from an accredited university by the date of appointment.
  • Commitment and record of contributions to student success demonstrated through teaching, scholarship, and/or service. This should be described in the Student Success Statement,  which must address at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed in the full posting.
  • Strong interest in curriculum development, computer-based modeling, analysis, aerospace design, and laboratory development in B.S. and M.S. programs; and pursuing grants and supervising student research.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide hands-on education in a multidisciplinary and diverse environment.
  • Excellent written communication skills.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications: 

  • Primary expertise in one or more of these areas: 1. Aerospace Structures; 2. Aerospace Vehicle Design including UAS and eVTOL; and 3. Aerospace Propulsion.
  • A bachelors degree in aerospace engineering from an ABET-accredited program.
  • Industrial experience in aerospace engineering.
  • Aerospace engineering teaching experience at an ABET-accredited program.

Conditions of Employment:

The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at . Questions regarding the policy may be sent to [email protected]

Application Process:

A completed application will consist of

  1. A cover letter (limit to 2 pages) that describes the candidates teaching and research experience and interests that addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in this position description.
  2. A curriculum vitae comprised of at least those elements specified on the application form and three or more individual contact references: (a) names, (b) titles, (c) addresses (d) telephone numbers.
  3. Student Success Statement that demonstrates your commitment and record of contributions through applicants teaching, scholarship, or service, by addressing at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed in the full posting (limit to 2 pages).
  4. Statements of teaching and research philosophy (limit to 2 pages each).
  5. First, refer to the Cal Poly Pomona online catalog for the list of Aerospace courses for our BS and MS Programs. See:
    Then prepare, from the list of Aerospace courses in the Cal Poly Pomona catalog, three lists: (a) courses the candidate is prepared to teach with minimal preparation, (b) courses they can teach with some additional preparation, and (c) new courses they would like to develop for the Department.
  6. Unofficial transcripts showing highest degree earned.

Finalists for the position will: 

  • be required to provide official transcripts for highest degree before the on-campus interview; 
  • be required to provide three letters of reference dated within the last two years; 
  • Final candidates being interviewed are expected to make a presentation of creative work and a teaching demonstration to faculty and interact with students. 

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than Nov 30, 2022.  

Please direct inquiries to

Faculty Search Committee
c/o Dr. Navid Nakhjiri

Aerospace Engineering Department
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Pomona, CA 91768

Phone: 909.869.2470

Email:  [email protected]

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Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.