Assistant Professor – Aeronautics & Astronautics (Structures)



Job description

Seattle. WA

The William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics at the University of Washington invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in the field of aerospace materials and structures with a nine-month service period. Our faculty embrace a culture of excellence and inclusion, are committed to graduate and undergraduate education and develop novel research programs. Candidates must have expertise in aerospace materials and/or structures, but the search is not constrained to specific sub-fields in aerospace materials/structures. Candidates with interdisciplinary expertise (e.g., materials/structures research combined with data science, robotics, biology, chemistry, and/or manufacturing) are also strongly encouraged to apply.  Candidates are expected to complement existing research areas in the Department and across campus, and to develop a leadership position in aerospace-related research.

The Department is committed to excellence in research and teaching, with the expectation that all University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous and innovative externally-funded research program, to provide high-quality teaching that integrates research with instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and to participate in service activities.

The William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics is one of the original aerospace engineering departments in the nation and the only one of its type in the Pacific Northwest, a region whose extensive aerospace industry continues to be a major contributor to the technological development, economic vitality, and security of the United States. Under its strategic plan, the department has been building strength in the multidisciplinary areas of aircraft systems, space systems, and energy systems, while continuing its investment in basic research in areas of fundamental importance to aeronautics and astronautics. For information about the department, please visit


Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in an appropriate engineering or related discipline by the date of appointment.

How to apply

The position information and instructions can be found at the UW Academic HR website:

The position will be open until filled, but we expect interviews to begin in January 2020.  Our anticipated start date is September 1, 2020. UW is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

Please provide pdf files for the following requested materials:

  1. Cover letter indicating interest and fit with the position.
  2. A current curriculum vitae.
  3. Complete contact information for five references.
  4. A research statement that includes the candidate’s vision for their research for the next five years and the potential for research collaboration.
  5. A statement of teaching and education interests and/or philosophy.
  6. A statement of diversity/equity/inclusion reflecting how your approach to research, education and/or service contributes to positive social change and is inclusive of individuals with different gender, class, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, national and cultural boundaries, national origin, worldview, ability, and other identities. We invite you to discuss related experiences in research, education and service, personal areas of growth with regard to issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice, and your potential to mentor and educate students from diverse backgrounds.

For any administrative issues or inquiries related to the search, please contact Kimberly Maczko, [email protected] For help signing up for Interfolio, accessing your account, or submitting your application, please check out Interfolio’s help and support section or get in touch via email at [email protected] or phone at (877) 997-8807.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.