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Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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The MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions with a start date of July 1, 2018 or on a mutually agreeable date thereafter.   The department is conducting a search for exceptional candidates with a strong background in any discipline related to Aerospace Engineering, broadly defined.   Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • advanced materials, manufacturing, mechanics, and structures;
  • propulsion, combustion, and environment;
  • fluid mechanics and aerodynamics;
  • aircraft design;
  • autonomous systems;
  • interaction of humans and machines;
  • air transportation;
  • small satellites; and
  • space systems and exploration
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, leading a research program, and service to the institute and the profession.

Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in a relevant field by the beginning of employment.   The search is for a candidate to be hired at the assistant professor level; however, under special circumstances, a senior faculty appointment is possible.

Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 2-3 page statement of research and teaching interests and goals, and names and contact information of at least three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation.   Applicants with backgrounds outside aerospace should describe how a substantial part of their work will apply to aerospace problems.

Applications must be submitted as pdf files at

Letters of recommendation must be submitted directly by the recommenders at

Although the initial deadline of 1 December 2017 has passed, applications will still be considered.   If you apply after the deadline please directly ask your letter writers to upload their letters of recommendation at and inform faculty search chair Steven Barrett ( after three letters have been submitted.

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 Applicants may find reading our Strategic Plan ( helpful in preparing their applications. Questions can be directed to faculty search chair Prof. Steven Barrett (

MIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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