Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

companyUniversity of Kentucky
locationFayette County, Lexington, KY, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time

Job Title
Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name
8H700:Mechanical Engineering

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Tenure Track Status
Tenure Track

Required Education

Ph.D. in Engineering or a related discipline.

Required Related Experience

The successful candidate will possess a strong record of research accomplishments and the capability to develop a nationally recognized research program.

Required License/Registration/Certification


Job Summary

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kentucky ( announces a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in computational or experimental compressible flow and hypersonics. We seek qualified candidates that will complement departmental strengths in computational aerothermodynamics and experimental turbulence. This includes candidates with expertise in high-speed computational fluid dynamics, transitional and turbulent flow modeling and analysis, uncertainty quantification, or high-enthalpy flow experiments. The successful candidate will possess a strong record of research accomplishments and the capability to develop a nationally recognized research program.

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is the largest in the Stanley and Karen Pigman College of Engineering with 34 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, over 1,000 undergraduate students, and over 120 graduate students. The Department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering, manufacturing systems engineering, and aerospace engineering. The Department is engaged in federally funded research projects from agencies such as NSF, NIH, NASA, DOE, DOD, DARPA, FAA, NIST, and USDA. The University of Kentucky is also an active member of the University Consortium of Applied Hypersonics (UCAH). In addition, the Department houses the NASA Kentucky Space Grant and EPSCoR programs and has research centers and consortiums that collaborate extensively with industry. The Department’s externally funded research currently averages over $11M/year in new awards.

This faculty search is part of the Department’s plan to expand in the strategic focus areas of aerospace; energy; autonomy, robotics, and controls; bioengineering; and manufacturing. Candidates must have a strong record of academic scholarship and high potential for excellence in building an externally funded research program, conducting high-impact research, advising graduate students, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and providing service to the Department, professional organizations, and the community.

The city of Lexington is ranked #3 Best City to Raise a Family, #21 Best Places to Live in America, and #31 Most Educated City in America. The University of Kentucky is the flagship university for the Commonwealth and is one of only eight universities in the United States that house colleges of agriculture, law, business, engineering, medicine, and pharmacy on a single campus. Employment at UK comes with diverse benefits, focusing on your total well-being and career development, with leadership striving to provide a strong work-life integration. To learn more about these benefits, please visit:

To apply, please visit the UK Jobs site at: Applicants should submit a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, research statement (3-page limit), teaching statement (2-page limit), diversity equity and inclusion statement (1-page limit), and contact information for 5 professional references. The teaching statement should specifically address undergraduate and graduate teaching interests in mechanical and aerospace engineering. The application deadline is December 1, 2023. However, review of applications will begin immediately. The desired starting date for this position is August 1, 2024. Requests for further information regarding application procedures may be directed to Mr. Troy Howell (Senior Business Officer) at (859) 218-0650 or Questions for the chair of the search committee can be directed to Dr. Sean Bailey, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, at

The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and inclusion. Minorities, veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

Deadline to Apply

Open Until Filled

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.