The Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering ( in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering invites applications for tenure-track or tenured faculty positions at all levels in all disciplines of Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, with particular interests in (1) Energy and Sustainability and (2) Robotics and Autonomous Systems, including candidates whose research integrates Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning into these disciplines. Candidates whose research has applications to any aspect of Aerospace Engineering are particularly welcome. The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and welcomes applications from women; individuals of African, Hispanic and Native American descent; veterans; and individuals with disabilities.

Successful candidates are expected to develop a world-class research program within a stimulating interdisciplinary environment and demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Priority will be given to the overall originality and promise of the candidate's research work.

Positions are available starting August 16, 2024. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D., or equivalent, degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering or a related field by the beginning of the appointment. Applications must include: a cover letter; curriculum vitae detailing educational background, research accomplishments, and work experience; a research plan; a teaching and service plan; and contact information of at least four professional references. Applicants are also required to include a succinct statement on fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion. To receive full consideration, candidates should apply on-line at, and all materials should be received by January 8th, 2024, although earlier application is encouraged; applications received after this deadline might not be considered.

The annual base salary range for the following faculty ranks in this posting are:

  • Assistant Professor: $110, 250 - $131,250
  • Associate Professor: $131,250 - $162,750
  • Professor: $168,000 - $236,250
When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope of responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is committed to enabling the success of dual career families and fosters a family-friendly environment. USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.


Published on October 26th, 2021

Last updated on October 30th, 2023