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Requisition ID:  11939

Clinical Assistant Professor UAS

Job Summary

Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, is accepting applications for a Clinical Assistant Professor (non tenure-track) position beginning in fall 2021. This faculty appointment is in the School of Aviation & Transportation Technology, the Purdue Polytechnic Institute.

Essential job duties include the following: (1) Develop and teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in unmanned aerial systems and related areas;  (2) collaborate with other academic units at Purdue, as well as, other organizations externally, to engage with government and industry to support externally-funded applied research; (3) serve on curriculum committees; (4) perform customary faculty assignments and student mentoring; and (5) demonstrate a commitment to inclusion and transformational education.  The ideal candidate should have a record of academic teaching, curriculum development, and student mentoring. Once selected, all candidates must demonstrate plans for success with teaching and engagement with community and industry.

Minimum Qualifications

M.S. or M.A. in aviation or other closely related field is required. Applicants must possess appropriate FAA certificates and ratings necessary to perform assigned duties in the Unmanned Aerial Systems program. Preferred candidates must demonstrate experience in manufacturing, maintaining, and operating commercial UAS, including various UAS mission planning software and sensor integration.

Salary and Benefits

Salary and rank will be commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the candidate.  Benefits will include comprehensive health and retirement plans.

General Information

Purdue University is a land grant-university dedicated to learning, discovery, and engagement.  The School of Aviation and Transportation Technology is home to seven undergraduate majors, including Professional Flight Technology, Aviation Management, Aeronautical Engineering Technology, Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Aerospace Financial Analysis, all leading to a B.S. degree.  Students may also pursue M.S.’ M.S. online and Ph.D. degrees.  The Professional Flight, Aviation Management, and Aeronautical Engineering Technology programs are professionally accredited and are nationally recognized for educating graduates who become successful leaders in a wide variety of aviation, aerospace, and space careers. Successful candidates in non-tenure track appointments are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching and industry engagement. Commitment to scholarship is encouraged and valued, particularly for promotion considerations.

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Application Information

The process of reviewing applications begins December 1, 2020, and continues until the position is filled. The proposed date of hire is for fall 2021. Purdue Polytechnic is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates are expected to address at least one of those areas in a cover letter, indicating how their past experiences, current interests and activities, and/or future goals could promote a work climate that values inclusion. To apply, submit the following letter of application; curriculum vitae; a letter addressing commitment to diversity; and a list of five references (with contact information) via Success Factors at https://careers.purdue.edu/. Click on “Faculty” in the Careers by Area section and select this position from a list of all the currently open faculty positions. In case you need guidance, contact Emily Birge via email: ebirge@purdue.edu. A background check is required for employment in this position.


Purdue University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Purdue views, evaluates, and treats all persons in all University related activities solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics. All qualified applicants for employment will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability or status as a veteran.


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