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Two Tenure Track Faculty Positions (Assistant/Associate Professor), Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, The University of Alabama

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The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM) at The University of Alabama invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions in areas related to space/astronautics and unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The successful applicant for the space/astronautics position will contribute to the department’s emerging space technology research thrust. The successful applicant for the UAS position will contribute to a University-led effort to establish an airborne/spaceborne remote sensing center of excellence. It is anticipated that the successful candidates will join the faculty at the rank of tenure-track Assistant Professor, although exceptional candidates may be considered for higher rank and tenure depending upon experience and qualifications.

With 16 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, the AEM department enrolls 350+ undergraduate students in the ABET-accredited BSAE degree program and 80+ graduate students in the MS and PhD degree programs. The AEM Department is currently experiencing an era of unprecedented growth and expansion. The AEM department benefits from the University’s rapid expansion in terms of facilities, including the recent construction of the $300 million Engineering and Science Quad. This four building complex provides over 900,000 square feet of state-of-the-art research and instructional space, the majority of which is devoted to the College of Engineering.

The University of Alabama is located on a beautiful 1,168-acre residential campus in Tuscaloosa, a dynamic community of over 150,000. The Tuscaloosa community provides rich cultural, educational, and athletic activities for a broad range of lifestyles. With technology-oriented government/industrial research centers (including the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center) in north Alabama and a growing aviation industrial sector (including Airbus aircraft manufacturing & engineering centers) in south Alabama, The University of Alabama is centrally located in Alabama’s north-south aerospace corridor.

Applicants must have an earned doctorate degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering or a closely related field. Applicants are to submit: a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests, statement of teaching interests, and contact information for at least three professional references. Apply online at Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled, with a start date as early as January 2017. Inquiries should be emailed to

Qualified women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Alabama is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, Title IX, Section 504, ADA employer. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience level.


Hi Prof. Unnikrishnan, I am a PhD graduate (Mechanical Engineering) in 2012 from University of Maryland, College Park under Prof. Abhijit Dasgupta since when i have gained industry level experience for a few years. At this juncture i was searching for a university level research position. I wanted to run through you my credentials if you have time and get your feedback if i am run any chance to land at least an interview call for a tenure track position at your department. I did extensive level of modeling and experiments on fracture and fatigue in material systems at continuum and micro/nano scale during my PhD years. The materials i have generally worked with are metals and alloys with emphasis on material interfaces. I want to move forward my career more aligned to the field of mechanics of material and therefore have grown interest to work under you. I have 2 published journal papers, one book chapter and numerous conference publications. Last few years in the industry didn't give me an opportunity to publish that much but i gained quite a bit of practical experience. I can send you more details if you want (resume, cover letter) if you want to take a look. Didn't want to clog with inbox right away. Let me know.  Thanking in anticipation, ~Koustav Sinha, PhD    

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