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Electrical and Computer Engineering: Assistant Professor in Signals and Systems (Open Until Filled; Initial Review 1/07/20)

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 18th, 2019

Last review date: Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020 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: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 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.


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor in Signals and Systems. We seek outstanding applicants who have demonstrated research and teaching expertise in the general areas of signal processing and communications, including but not limited to: wireless communications, communications for IoT, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, and machine learning applications in communication systems, physical-layer security, and signal processing for biology and bioinformatics related applications including bio instrument data readout signal processing. The successful candidate is expected to develop an externally funded research program, advise and support graduate students in their research area, develop and teach courses within the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, perform university, public, and professional service, and work with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering department strives to support a creative and forward-looking research program with faculties collaborating in many areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering and beyond. The department houses BS (ABET accredited), MS, and PhD degree programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering and the BS degree program in Robotics Engineering. Our faculty includes six IEEE fellows, two AAAS fellows, two OSA fellows, and one ACM fellow. UCSC is home to many centers and research institutes including the UCSC Genomics Institute (, the W.M. Keck Center for Nanoscale Optofluidics (, the Center for Molecular Biology of RNA (, and the Cyber-Physical Systems Research Center (

UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who share these values. To be considered, candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the barriers facing women and underrepresented minorities, and describe their experience and future plans to promote equity and inclusion in teaching, mentoring, and research. Financial and in-kind resources will be made available to faculty who promote equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz, and their work will be recognized as important university service during the faculty promotion process.

The UC Santa Cruz campus is located approximately 75 miles from San Francisco and 35 miles from the heart of Silicon Valley. The campus comprises two thousand acres of forested hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay with one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education. In 2016-17, the Times Higher Education ranked UC Santa Cruz 4th in research influence.

The UCSC Silicon Valley Campus is located in the heart of Silicon Valley near San Jose, the worldwide epicenter for industry and innovation in games and information technology. The location affords extensive consulting opportunities and avenues for collaborative research with industry. Opened in 2016, the UCSC Silicon Valley Campus features contemporary interior design with multiple classrooms, computer labs, and project rooms, along with an event center and television studio.

Assistant Professor [tenure track]

Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).

A Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or other relevant field, expected to be completed by June 30, 2020; demonstrated record of research and teaching.

July 1, 2020 (with academic year beginning September 2020). All Ph.D. requirements must be completed by June 30, 2021 for employment beyond that date.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00774-20 in all correspondence.

Reference Requirement
Applications must include three confidential letters of recommendation*. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by January 7, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

The University of California 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, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-3676.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position

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

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service.

    See guidelines at

    Initial screening of candidates will be based on statements of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Publication (1 of 3 required)

  • Publication (2 of 3 required)

  • Publication (3 of 3 required)

  • Publication (1 of 1 optional) (Optional)

  • Statement of research plans

  • Statement of teaching interests and experience

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required