Faculty Positions

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty in Astronautics

  • Research topics of particular interest include experimental, computational and/or theoretical approaches to astrodynamics, formation flight, attitude dynamics, navigation, and guidance to enable sustained space activities including, exploration, economic development, and human activity.

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty in Aerospace Autonomy

  • Research topics of particular interest are centered on the engineering and application of ML and AI in aerospace systems, including but not limited to: testing, evaluation, and certification of autonomous aerospace systems with ML/AI components; ML/AI for human-centered system design; ML/AI for secure and resilient vehicles, systems and infrastructure; and intelligent collaborative transportation networks.

Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty in College of Engineering and Applied Science

  • The College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Colorado Boulder is launching a college-wide search for multiple tenure-track faculty positions. All areas of research and scholarship are welcome to apply. We have a particular interest in the areas of Aerospace Engineering SciencesComputer Science, and Mechanical Engineering

STARLIT Outreach Project Manager (Research Faculty)

  • The College of Engineering & Applied Science (CEAS) invites applications for the Outreach Project Manager to support STARLIT project research at the University of Colorado Boulder through the design, development, and implementation of an integrated workforce pathways program, as well as to oversee and coordinate the STARLIT Scholars Program and the STARLIT Scholar Summer Experience, through the provision of high-level organization, support, and accountability for similar workforce pathway programs across five other universities.


Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a temporary lecturer to teach in its undergraduate and/or graduate program for spring 2024 and summer 2024.

Candidates are sought who have experience teaching in either aerospace, aeronautical, astronautical engineering, or a closely related field.  Applicants must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills along with the ability to teach and work in a highly collaborative environment.  Preference will be given to applicants with prior university teaching experience, years of experience, and/or graduate degrees.

Viable candidates should be capable of teaching a wide range of aerospace engineering courses. An understanding and appreciation for aerospace engineering fundamentals, as well as excellent management, communication, and organizational skills, along with a willingness to learn quickly, is required. A successful candidate in this position will teach multiple courses during the academic year and summer terms. Lecturers are employees at will and not eligible for tenure.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences website http://www.colorado.edu/aerospace to understand the educational mission of the department and the specific courses that are taught in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum and how they would specifically contribute to offering these courses.

Applicants should submit their application electronically to the HR Coordinator at aerohrhelp@colorado.edu, including a CV or resume. Cover letters should be addressed to Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder. Compensation for these positions is between $6,427.20-$19,281.60 based on courses taught. Applications are due one month before the start of each semester.

Student Positions

Aerospace Ambassadors

Application for 2023-2024 Academic Year - Smead Aerospace is seeking highly qualified students to serve as Aerospace Ambassadors during the 2023-2024 academic year. The goals of the Aerospace Ambassadors program are to provide exceptional outreach service throughout the Smead Aerospace Department, hone the communication and leadership skills of the Ambassadors, and provide opportunities and experiences that will lead to personal and professional growth. Aerospace Ambassadors are involved with activities related to recruiting, retention, and outreach. See full job description for application instructions.

Teaching Facilitator (TF) Position Description by Level:

Each year, we seek for student employees in the areas of course support, department administration and research assistance. These student hourly roles are filled on an as-needed basis each semester. Student hourly positions are not permanent employees. If you have an interest in helping others and supporting upcoming classes in their academic journey, please fill out the following form: Student Teaching Facilitator Interest Form.

Job duties for all Entry and Intermediate level positions include but are not limited to: supporting lab and lecture instruction, grading, and holding open-office hours. While job duties are similar for each level of TF the education and specialized skill required to perform these duties varies by the level of undergraduate/graduate course the TF is assigned to. Minimum qualifications for Entry and Intermediate level TF positions are outlined below. 

TF positions can be 5, 10, 15, or 20 hours per week. The contract period runs 8/24/23 – 12/21/23 for fall and 1/15/24 – 5/15/24 for spring.

  • Entry TF / Student Assistant I ($5,440 for the contract period at 20 hours/week): Students at the Entry TF level will have completed ASEN 1320 and received a passing grade.
  • Intermediate TF / Student Assistant II ($6,400 for the contract period at 20 hours/week): Students at the Intermediate TF Level will have completed ASEN 2703 and 2704 in addition to the particular ASEN course the student will serve and receive a passing grade.
  • Lead TF / Student Assistant III ($7,360 for the contract period at 20 hours/week): A Lead TF possesses specialized skills that are directly relevant to the course which they are assigned, and which results in their having an increased role in the development and/or delivery of a course curriculum. The student must have completed the course that they will teach and received a grade of B+ or better.
    • Lead TF positions are dependent on course needs. Instructors will directly contact students who have indicated interest in their course regarding this leadership-oriented role to learn more about your qualifications.
  • Grad Grader / Student Assistant IV ($8,280.00 for the contract period at 20 hours/week): A Grad Grader is a current graduate student that will support the instructor with grading tasks and will not have any student contact/interaction.
  • Grad TF / Student Assistant IV ($10,080 for the contact period at 20 hours/week): Students at the Graduate TF Level must have graduate standing, and if they did their undergraduate degree at CU must have completed ASEN 4028 and received a passing grade. 

Student Assistants

Each year, we seek student assistant (hourly) employees for the following labs:

  • Electronics Shop (AERO 150)
  • Machine Shop & Test Cell (AERO 155)
  • PILOT Lab (AERO 141)
  • Wood & Composites Shop (AERO 152)

View the current Student Assistant Job Descriptions, Pay Ranges, and Job Codes; this information is maintained and updated by the Student Employment Office.