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Electrical and Computer Engineering: Assistant Professor, Sustainable Power Engineering (initial review Dec. 8, 2023)

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor in Sustainable Power Engineering
Salary range: The salary range for this position is $115,000 - $125,000 academic year (nine-month basis) for Assistant Professors. Starting salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, 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. See salary scales titled (Faculty--Ladder Ranks-- Business/Economics/Engineering)
Percent time: Full-time, 100%
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024, with the academic year beginning in September 2024. Degree requirements must be met by June 30, 2024 for employment effective July 1, 2024.

Application Window

Open date: October 9, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Dec 8, 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: Sunday, Jun 30, 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 Electrical and Computer Engineering Department ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in the area of Sustainable Power Engineering.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is part of the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. UC Santa Cruz is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an association of the top research universities in the US. Baskin Engineering is home to six departments contributing to the richness of its research in materials, devices and instruments; engineering mathematics; computing; and health engineering. Nestled in a redwood forest above the city of Santa Cruz and close to Silicon Valley, our beautiful residential campus has a rich history of embracing groundbreaking interdisciplinary work and building deep research ties with the local high-tech industry. Our proximity to Silicon Valley, including a second campus in Santa Clara, affords unique and exciting opportunities for collaboration with industry researchers, as well as with faculty and students at other San Francisco Bay Area universities.

The ECE department aims to achieve engineering discoveries that benefit humankind through a combination of curiosity, open-mindedness, and inclusiveness. We aim to provide undergraduate and graduate students with inspiration and quality education, believing that rigor, creativity, and excitement should be part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum. Our Electrical Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Applicants will be sought that have knowledge and research interests in the areas of generation, transmission, distribution, power electronics, microgrids, and HVDC. Particular consideration will be given to candidates with research interests aligned with the broader University commitment to climate change mitigation, clean power and sustainability. The successful candidate could also work with existing faculty in semiconductor materials, power electronics, motor drives, power systems, and electronic circuits.

The successful candidate is expected to enact a research program, advise PhD and MS students in their research area, obtain external funding, develop and teach courses within the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, perform university, public, and professional service, and be able to work with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. The successful candidate will play a key role in research, teaching, and service with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, interacting with its faculty, students, and staff.

UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and is committed to hiring faculty who will work to promote these values. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the forefront of our path to excellence in Baskin Engineering. The successful candidates must be able to work with students, faculty, and staff from various social and cultural backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientations.

A minority-serving institution (MSI) with a high proportion of first-in-family students, UC Santa Cruz is 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 leading identity and ethnic affinity professional societies, including the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). To be considered, candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the barriers facing women, people of color, and other groups historically underrepresented in engineering, as well as describe their experience and future plans to promote equity and inclusion in teaching, mentoring, and research, and in broadening participation in engineering. Application packages will be considered with a view toward potential as well as achievement. DEI statements will be read and scored as part of a holistic assessment throughout the review process. Efforts supporting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important during the merit review and promotion process. The selected candidates will receive a start-up package that includes funding in support of furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

The successful 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)
  • A Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Electrical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering or other fields relevant to the advertised position. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by June 30, 2024.
  • Research and teaching experience in power devices, power semiconductors, generation, transmission, distribution, or power electronics.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

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

  • 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 your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.

  • Research Statement

  • Teaching and Mentoring Statement

  • Selected publication demonstrating scholarly contributions (1 of 3)

  • Selected publication demonstrating scholarly contributions (2 of 3)

  • Selected publication demonstrating scholarly contributions (3 of 3)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 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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About UC Santa Cruz

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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