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Applied Mathematics: Assistant Professor, Scientific Machine Learning (Initial Review 11.2.22)

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor, Scientific Machine Learning
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023, with the academic year beginning in September 2023. The degree requirement must be completed no later than June 30, 2024 for employment beyond that date.

Application Window

Open date: September 2, 2022

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Nov 2, 2022 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: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 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 Applied Mathematics ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the broad areas of Scientific Machine Learning and Data-Driven Methods.

We are particularly interested in candidates whose research brings together scientific computing, applied mathematics, and machine learning to craft new generations of methods for complex applications across data-science and engineering. Priority will be given to the following interdisciplinary research areas: data-driven modeling and discovery of nonlinear dynamical systems, physics-informed machine learning, multi-fidelity analysis, high-performance scientific computing, and optimization/control of nonlinear systems. Consideration will also be given to candidates working in related research areas. We are particularly interested in candidates who, through their work, demonstrate they will advance the university values of social justice and environmental sustainability.

UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who will work to advance these values. UC Santa Cruz is a Minority-serving Institution (MSI) with a high proportion of first-in-family students. To be considered, candidates must clearly articulate an understanding of the barriers facing women, people of color, and other groups underrepresented in engineering, as well as describe their experience and future plans to promote equity and inclusion in teaching, mentoring, and research. Efforts supporting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important during the merit review and promotion process. The selected candidate will receive a start-up package that includes funding in support of furthering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts.

The selected candidate will be offered a competitive salary and start-up package, will join a community of researchers that includes faculty members from the Statistics and Computer Science and Engineering departments, with access to the state-of-the-art facilities, and will be mentored by established faculty members. Candidates will be expected to establish a vigorous externally funded research program, develop exciting new opportunities for interdisciplinary research across campus, contribute to the intellectual vitality of the UCSC scientific community, teach courses in Applied Mathematics at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and provide service to the engineering school, campus, and their profession.

The department of Applied Mathematics is part of the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, and one of the very few applied mathematics departments housed in an engineering school nationwide. Established in 2018, the department offers a unique multidisciplinary and vibrant working environment, with rapidly growing PhD and masters programs in applied mathematics and scientific computing, and a new undergraduate major. Nestled in a beautiful redwood forest above the city of Santa Cruz, the department embraces groundbreaking interdisciplinary research across engineering, physical and mathematical sciences. Our proximity to Silicon Valley, and our satellite campus there, afford opportunities and avenues for collaboration with researchers working in the many research and development labs in Silicon Valley, as well as with the other San Francisco Bay Area universities.

UC Santa Cruz is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU, an association of the top research universities in the US), a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), a member of the Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Research Universities (HRSU), a member of the Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions (CAHSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and a member of several identity and ethnic affinity professional societies. Broadening participation in engineering, and equitably and inclusively serving underrepresented minoritized students are key values at UC Santa Cruz.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in applied mathematics, physics, mathematics, mechanical engineering, computer engineering or related engineering fields. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed no later than June 30, 2024.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion* - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.

    *Initial screening of applicants will be based on the statement on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include a list of published papers and manuscripts accepted or submitted for publication.

  • Cover Letter - Letter that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position, including commitment to diversity.

  • Statement of Research - Describe in 1000 words or less the following:

    a. your most significant scientific contributions
    b. your overall goals & vision for a research program at UCSC
    c. the experience and qualifications that make you particularly well-suited for this position and to achieve those goals

  • Statement of Teaching - Describe in 1000 words or less your teaching experience and use of inclusive teaching practices therein.

  • Selected Preprint - Selected preprint of still unpublished manuscript, or published paper.

  • Selected Preprint - Selected preprint of still unpublished manuscript, or published paper.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation** (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of five will be accepted). 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

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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) 459-2686.

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements. Additional information and resources for compliance are located on the campus Health Center site

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Santa Cruz, California