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Open Rank Faculty Position in Mechanical Engineering

Position overview

Position titles:
Salary range: Commensurate with education and experience
Anticipated start: July 1, 2022

Application Window

Open date: September 21st, 2021

Next review date: Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 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 Mechanical Engineering (ME) in the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) invites applications for multiple tenured or tenure-track faculty positions in the broad area of robotics. The Department seeks candidates to complement existing strengths and enable transformative advances in areas such as, but not limited to, agriculture, medicine, manufacturing, micro/soft-robotics, human-robot interaction, and service robotics and to foster innovative new cross-disciplinary initiatives, both within and outside of BCOE (e.g., with UCR’s School of Medicine, or the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences). Extraordinary candidates in other mechanical engineering-related areas will also be considered.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) is home to 24 faculty members, 89 graduate students, and 511 undergraduate students. Although barely 18 years old, the prominence of our department is rising quickly, as evidenced by the most recent National Research Council and U.S. News and World Report rankings, which place our program in the first and second quartile, respectively, of all ME graduate programs in the nation. Our faculty are leaders in their respective fields. Many have been honored with prestigious national and international awards and serve as Editors and/or Editorial Board Members of prominent journals. Our researchers are clustered around seven multi-disciplinary areas, and affiliated with multiple Centers and Programs across campus toward achieving cutting-edge research. Thanks to this rich academic environment, our graduates are well-prepared to pursue successful careers in academia, federal research facilities, and high-tech companies. The ME department strategic plan projects growth in such areas as controls, robotics, and systems engineering.

The Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) is a well-established, rapidly growing college at UCR. Ranked in the top 50 public engineering colleges by U.S. News & World Report, BCOE has 130 faculty members, more than 3,100 undergraduate students, 900 graduate students, and more than $46 million in total annual research expenditures. The college is home to five departments, nine undergraduate programs, seven graduate programs, and nine research centers.

Successful candidates will have a proven record of, or exceptional promise for, developing a vibrant externally-funded research program and developing a portfolio of high quality teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. UC Faculty are expected to maintain an active research agenda and record of publications; teach a regular course load at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; and to participate in service activities at department, college, campus, and professional levels. Candidates should also demonstrate clear potential for complementing and/or synergistically leveraging existing research activities within the department, college, and campus.

Appointments are expected to begin July 1, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Candidates must have met the requirements for the Ph.D. by the time of appointment. Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

To apply for the position interested individuals are required to submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, three letters of references or contact information for three references, a Statement of Research, a Statement of Teaching, and a Contribution to Diversity Statement to the AP Recruit website at https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/JPF01461. Inquiries should be directed to mesearch@engr.ucr.edu

Review of applications will begin November 17, 2021 and will continue until the position(s) are filled. For more information regarding the specific areas of interest and application procedures, please visit https://www.engr.ucr.edu/about/career-opportunities

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Applicants must have met the requirements for the PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field by time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

    UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

Application Requirements by Level

Assistant Professor

Position title: Assistant Professor

Interested individuals are required to submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, three letters of references, Statement of Research, a Statement of Teaching, and a Contribution to Diversity Statement to the AP Recruit website at https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/JPF01461.

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence - In a “Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence”, we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Please provide 3 letters of reference.

Apply link: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/JPF01461

Associate/Full Professor

Position title: Associate Professor/Full Professor

Interested individuals are required to submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, a Statement of Research, a Statement of Teaching, and a Contribution to Diversity Statement to the AP Recruit website at https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/JPF01461.

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence - In a “Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence”, we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

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

Please provide contact information for 3 referees.

Apply link: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/JPF01461

Help contact: ajbutler@ucr.edu

Campus Information

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. 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. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

Job location

Riverside, California