Job no: 502308 Position type: Full-Time 12-Month Department: 194000 - Raspet Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS Categories: Faculty Position Open Date: Apr 14 2021
This position will conduct engineering research primarily related to unmanned autonomous systems and unmanned aerial vehicles. This activity normally occurs through writing and submitting proposals for research sponsorship and the subsequent execution of a project and publication of results. Frequently, the conduct of such research requires, in addition to engineering and scientific technical skills, the management skills necessary to direct a team of faculty, staff and graduate & undergraduate students.
The Raspet Flight Research Laboratory (RFRL), the premier manned and unmanned aviation research facility in the nation, was established in 1948. RFRL possesses a rich heritage in full-scale aircraft research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E), particularly in advanced flight test. RFRL's rich history includes dozens of aviation "firsts," particularly in the application of cutting-edge composite structures in aviation. Today, RFRL's focus is to perform advanced research, development, and testing of: 1) Manned and Unmanned Aircraft; 2) Automated Flight Control Systems; 3) Aircraft Sub-Structures and Components; 4) Ground and Airborne Sensor Systems, including Detect and Avoid; and 5) Ground and Maritime Robotics. MSU's unique position as the only university that is both the FAA-designated lead for the national UAS Center of Excellence, and an FAA-designed UAS Test Site, provides unparalleled capability to conduct world-class research and comprehensive flight testing for unmanned aircraft, ground control systems, component systems, and key supporting technologies such as detect and avoid. In addition to our flight RDT&E capabilities, RFRL also offers cutting-edge composite materials design, fabrication, prototyping, and low-rate initial production through the Marvin B. Dow Stitched Composites Development Center. RFRL also regularly helps grown aviation-related companies and innovative technologies through our role as a technology incubator. Throughout our illustrious aviation history, RFRL has been dedicated to outstanding research programs, strategic alliances with industry and government, and close collaboration with academic units of the university. Raspet offers faculty, staff, students, industry, and government agencies a facility with experience and capability for composite fabrication, structural testing, UAS and component RDT&E, in-flight sensor evaluation, and flight test instrumentation and test assistance.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Develop and execute academic and applied research tasks relating to the focus and goals of the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory (RFRL) and the Autonomous Systems Research Laboratory (ASRL). 2. Conduct and monitor unmanned autonomous system and unmanned aerial vehicle research. 3. Provide technical leadership in one or more of the areas of specialization for unmanned autonomous systems and unmanned aerial vehicle related research. 4. Direct the activities of the ASRL including development, review, and approval of test plans for research, development, and evaluation of unmanned autonomous systems. 5. Initiate activities that form relationships with multiple departments and respective faculty. 6. Develop and enhance relationships with federal, state, local and private partners to the fullest extent possible, forming collaborative relationships resulting in research and development activities 7. Publish the results of personal and sponsored research in archival journals refereed by peers. 8. Pursue scholarly and professional interests which will keep expertise at the leading edge of engineering practice through continuing professional duties.
Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering or any related engineering area Every person employed by the University is expected to meet high standards of professional integrity, collegiality, and objectivity, and to further the goals of his/her unit(s) and the University. In addition, a person of research rank must have an appropriate degree, or its equivalent in training and experience; a strong commitment to higher education, and in particular to the mission of Mississippi State University; and a willingness to assume the responsibilities and obligations appropriate to a professional or faculty university employee.
In addition, the following is appropriate at this level.
To begin as an Assistant Research Professor: The candidate will need a terminal degree in a related field, who possesses the potential for successful performance in research activity or creative achievement in a university environment and can contribute to the service of the unit, university, and/or profession.
Ph.D. in aerospace or mechanical engineering or any related engineering area Experience with unmanned autonomous systems and/or unmanned ariel vehicles
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Occasional and/or light lifting required. Limited exposure to elements such as heat, cold, noise, dust, dirt, chemicals, etc., but none to the point of being disagreeable. May involve minor safety hazards where likely result would be cuts, bruises, etc.
Routine deadlines, usually sufficient lead time; variance in work volume predictable; priorities can be anticipated; some interruptions are present; involves occasional exposure to demands and pressure from persons other than immediate supervisor.
Job frequently requires standing, walking, climbing or balancing, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling and lifting up to 50 pounds.
Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically, ability to distinguish colors.
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.
Internal Number: 502308
About Mississippi State University
Mississippi State University represents the highest level of research activity for doctorate-granting institutions and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation as an R1-Very High Research Activity University. Also, a National Science Foundation “Top 100” research University, MSU shelters a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society, and values the talents of our distinguished faculty, staff, and student scholars. Here, a culture of inclusion is fostered and we’re driven each day to make a difference at the local, state, regional, national and global levels. At Mississippi State University we invite you to join us as we continue our momentum in research, teaching, and service.
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