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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions with a start date of July 1, 2022 or a mutually agreeable date thereafter. The department is conducting a search for exceptional candidates in any discipline related to aerospace engineering, broadly defined, though particular interests are in: (i) the interaction of humans and autonomy, (ii) sustainable aviation, especially aero-engine technologies or environmental monitoring, and (iii) human exploration of space.

We are seeking highly qualified candidates with a commitment to research and education. Faculty duties include teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, advising students, conducting original scholarly research, developing course materials at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and service to the Institute and the profession.

Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in a field related to aerospace engineering or another relevant science or engineering field by the beginning of employment. The search is for candidates to be hired at the assistant professor level; under special circumstances, however, a senior faculty appointment is possible, commensurate with experience.

Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 2-3 page statement of research and teaching interests and goals, as well as names and contact information of at least three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. In addition, candidates should provide a statement regarding their views on diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past and current contributions as well as their vision and plans for the future in these areas. Applicants with backgrounds outside aerospace should describe how a substantial part of their work will apply to aerospace problems. Applications must be submitted as a pdf via the MIT Faculty Search portal. Letters of recommendation must be submitted directly by the recommenders. To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by 1 December 2021. Applications will be considered complete only when both the applicant materials and at least three letters of recommendation are received.

MIT is building a diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates. For more information on the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, please visit our website. Applicants may find reading our strategic plan helpful in preparing their application. Questions can be directed to faculty search chair Prof. Julie Shah at julie_a_shah@csail.mit.edu.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. Read MIT’s full policy on Nondiscrimination.

Job Number: 19463
Functional Area: Research – Engineering
Department: Aeronautics and Astronautics
School Area: Engineering

Employment Type: Full-Time Temporary
Employment Category: Exempt
Visa Sponsorship Available: No

OPERATOR, WRIGHT BROTHERS WIND TUNNELAeronautics and Astronautics-Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel (WBWT), to join the new Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel, currently under construction on the MIT campus. Planned uses include course labs, undergraduate/graduate research projects, and research and development projects by MIT and outside users.  Will support the WBWT director and be responsible for running the wind tunnel daily; oversee testing, research, and projects; ensure the operation runs smoothly and safely; and utilize routine and specialized techniques and coordinate multiple research projects simultaneously. Responsibilities include developing and implementing test protocols and standard operating procedures; assisting outside users in test plan development, advising on experimental designs and applicability, and recommending solutions; supervising testing and training users in equipment operation; coordinating conflicting tunnel projects and managing tunnel time; preparing the lab for inspections; interacting with visitors and the press to showcase the wind tunnel; helping with the development and management of the revenue stream from outside users; collaborating on updating the WBWT webpage; managing expenditures, ensuring funds are spent in accordance with federal laws and budget guidelines; and attending conferences to present WBWT research and work. 

Job Requirements
REQUIRED: bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in an aerodynamics-related field; four years of specialized lab experience or four years’ experience in aerospace engineering; experience and comfort interacting with culturally diverse academic leaders, students, and research sponsors; demonstrated commitment to diversity and serving diverse constituents; strong interpersonal, communication, administrative, and organizational skills; ability to set and manage competing priorities and choose the appropriate level of attention to details, and diagnose root causes of problems and conceive and implement effective solutions; and discretion and judgment with confidential information/issues.  Job #19463

Salary range:  $50,000 – 70,000

This position will initially be for two-year term appointment at 100% effort.

revised 9/3/2021