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GENERAL POOL AD: Adjunct Professor Series in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (23-24 AY)

Position overview

Position title: Assistant, Associate, or Full Adjunct Professor
Salary range: Depending on rank, a reasonable salary range estimate for this position is $94,300 -$206,300. ​ The posted UC academic salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. The academic salary scales for the regular Professor series shall apply, subject to the terms
of the compensation plan. See the following table for the salary scale for this position: Off-scale salaries, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Review timeline: Initial review date will be 15 days after job posting; more review dates may apply depending on department need.

Application Window

Open date: May 5, 2023

Most recent review date: Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (, at the University of California, San Diego, ( is conducting an open search for Adjunct Professors (non-tenure track - Instructor, Assistant, Associate, or Full level).

At UC San Diego, the Adjunct Professor Series (1) are individuals who are predominantly engaged in research or other creative work and who participate in teaching, or (2) are individuals who contribute primarily to teaching and have limited responsibility for research or other creative work; these individuals may be professional practitioners of appropriate distinction. Appointees with titles in this series also engage in University and public service consistent with their assignments.

Research areas could include but are not limited to: Aerospace, Controls, Design, Engineering Education, Environmental, Fluid Mechanics & Heat Transfer, Info Storage, Mechanics & Materials, Robotics, Systems Engineering, Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Medical Devices, Combustion, Plasma & Fusion, and Renewables.

The candidate's job duties and responsibilities will be a combination of:

  1. teaching and possibly designing innovative coursework in their respective area(s) of expertise.
  2. providing mentorship to university students; supervising student thesis/research
  3. engaging in professional activities on campus and services related to the pedagogical mission of the department and university.
  4. conducting research and/or creative activity in one's respective area of expertise.

This position will remain open until filled based on the ongoing needs in the MAE Department.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Doctorate degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, or an equivalent field; OR a minimum of 12 years of equivalent experience as a senior leader (i.e. CTO, Director, or Senior Lead) in relevant industries.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional - Please use this area to share optional documents, including but not limited to: publications, teaching evaluations, awards, or other relevant documents.

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Job location

La Jolla, CA