Assistant or Associate Professor

Virginia Tech - The Kevin T. Crofton Dept. of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering

Blacksburg, Virginia

The Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Integrated Security of Aerospace and Ocean Systems effective August 2017. The position will be filled, depending upon qualifications, at the rank of assistant or associate professor.  Completion of all requirements for a Ph.D. degree in aerospace engineering, ocean engineering or a related field is required by time of appointment. Prospective applicants who have extensive and direct experience in applying their security-related research to aerospace and/or ocean systems, but who will have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. in engineering or science not closely related to aerospace or ocean engineering by the time of appointment, are also encouraged to apply.

Candidates for this position should be capable of conducting research with primary focus on the development of aerospace and/or ocean systems that are resilient to security threats or that provide significant resilience of other critical systems to security threats. Such threats can include cyber-physical attacks, malicious software, and natural disasters.  Example areas of security research that are currently being pursued within the department include GPS/GNSS spoofing and detection, the detection and defeat of cyber-physical attacks against general sensing and control systems, and defense against drone-based threats to high-value national assets.  The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to make contributions in additional areas of application or theory related to security and to compliment the department’s existing strengths.  Candidates should have research expertise in one or more of the following thrusts:  Autonomy; Controls; Air Transportation Security; Data Analytics; or in some other recognized sub-discipline of Aerospace and Ocean engineering related to resilience, security, and privacy.  Candidates should also demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate instruction and specialized graduate education and will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate classes. Occasional travel to attend professional conferences and meetings may be required.

The successful candidate will join a Department that is comprised of 37 faculty members, with approximately 175 full-time graduate students and 500 undergraduate students.  The candidate may contribute to the department’s existing collaborations with the Hume Center for National Security and Technology (, the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science ( and the Center for Space Science and Engineering Research (Space@VT,

Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars.  It seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions, including those that have been historically marginalized and excluded given the institutional history and legacy of the university.  Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world.  Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence.  We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members.  Virginia Tech is a recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The AOE Department strongly supports the Virginia Tech Principles of Community. Information about the AOE Department is available at

Applicants must provide a cover letter, contact information for three professional references, a candidate statement discussing teaching, research, and professional goals, and a current CV. The successful applicant will be required to undergo a criminal back ground check. Those wishing further information about the search process may contact Dr. Mark Psiaki, Faculty Search Committee Chair, Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, 205 Randolph Hall, Virginia Tech, 460 Old Turner Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061 or at Review of applications will begin January 4, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants are required to apply online at and should use posting number TR0160167.

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Date posted: Dec 08, 2016