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Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering 2022-23

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023

Application Window

Open date: October 12, 2022

Next review date: Thursday, Dec 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

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

Biological Engineering for and from biology provides new solutions to improve global health, tackle environmental challenges, and delivery new biomaterials and bio-energy sources. The questions of who designs these solutions, who we engineer for, and how these solutions impact society are important questions that we seek to ask ourselves. UC Santa Barbara understands that this is too important to the future of our society to be left to a single discipline or limited population -- and we are building a department ready to address these questions head-on in authentic partnership with thought leaders across our campus and the world. UC Santa Barbara is a premier top-5 public research university. Biological Engineering is an emergent department in the highly ranked College of Engineering, which includes among its faculty three Nobel laureates, 15 members of the National Academy of Engineering, 5 members of the National Academy of Science, and 13 fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. UCSB Engineering is home to the west coast hub of BioPACIFIC NSF Materials Innovation Platform for BioPolymers, Automated Cellular Infrastructure, Flow, and Integrated Chemistry, of the nation's first Quantum Foundry, as well as of one of the top NSF Materials Research Science & Engineering Centers in the country. We seek faculty eager to build on our existing collaborations in the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnology, Center for Integrated Nano Systems, Center for Engineering and Science Partnerships, the Center for Black Studies Research, Institute of Neuroscience, the Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering, the Institute for Energy Efficiency and well beyond, and to help us establish new partnerships and research programs bringing computation and computational tools to problems of societal importance. We seek motivated and passionate researchers eager to work with a community of their peers to address issues of societal importance through surprising and creative applications of Biological Engineering. Successful candidates for faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion in their application materials, including the Diversity Statement. The primary appointment will be in Biological Engineering but affiliate or joint appointments in any number of partner departments across engineering, social sciences, humanities, and/or physical sciences are possible and encouraged. Biological Engineering at UC Santa Barbara understands that bioengineering and biotechnology intersect society in many complex ways but that by striving to be a place where every student, faculty, and staff can grow and thrive we will position ourselves to best be able to take on these challenges together.

Applicants will be considered by an interdisciplinary group of faculty and all applicants must have a demonstrated record of excellence in, or show exceptional promise for, high-quality research, teaching, and service to the community. Applicants with a demonstrated record of interest in, and commitment to, the mentorship of students from underrepresented and underserved populations will be given particular attention. Candidates will be offered the opportunity to satisfy a portion of their undergraduate teaching responsibilities through active mentoring and leadership in programs that provide research and professional development opportunities for our diverse student body (e.g. through the Los Ingenieros, Society of Women Engineers, the Early Research Scholars Program, or the CBSR Student Engagement and Enrichment in Data Science Program).
We seek scientists and educators working in cutting-edge areas to help the University prepare our students and position the University for the future. Our goal is to identify, recruit, and support a scholar emerging as one of the next generation of leaders and educators.
The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and inclusive excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants should have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) in Biological Engineering or a related field, except the dissertation (or equivalent) at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

PhD degree must be conferred by the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

Applicants who show outstanding research potential and have a strong commitment to teaching and diversity. PhD in BioE or related field at the time of application.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Successful candidates for faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion in their application materials, including the Diversity Statement. This evidence can include:
    o Efforts to advance equitable access to education;

    o Public service that addresses the needs of California’s diverse population;
    o Research that informs our understanding of race or ethnicity or could contribute to the advancement of a more just and equitable society; -Mentoring and advising students, particularly from underrepresented and underserved populations;
    o Creating effective strategies for the educational advancement of students in under-represented groups.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Applicants are required to provide the names and contact information for a minimum of 3 references and may submit up to 2 additional optional references. Applicants should inform their references that they may be contacted by the department at any time during this recruitment. The department intends to solicit letters of reference for semi-finalists.

Apply link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02302

Help contact: rachelirving@ucsb.edu

Campus Information

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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA