Assistant Professor in Thermal Hydraulics
University of California Berkeley College of Engineering
United States

Assistant Professor - Thermal Hydraulics - Nuclear Engineering

Job #JPF03159
  • Nuclear Engineering / College of Engineering / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Anticipated start: July 1, 2022, or on a mutually agreed date thereafter.

Application Window

Open October 12th, 2021 through Friday, Jan 7, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. We seek candidates who will develop impactful, productive and novel research programs, and will commit to excellence in graduate and undergraduate education, and embrace the Department’s goal of fostering an inclusive and conscientious society. The ideal candidate will have to outline a vision for research and scholarship that will help advance solutions towards the design, development, and deployment of advanced nuclear reactors. In particular, we are seeking pioneers in the areas of nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics, reactor safety or reactor licensing, and all other related fields. A combination of experimental and computational expertise, and the ability to interface with other disciplines (neutronics, nuclear materials, fuel cycle, etc.) as related to advanced nuclear reactor systems, are desirable features.

The Department of Nuclear Engineering, established in 1958, is the only nuclear engineering program in the University of California system and is actively involved in major multi-institutional research initiatives in such areas as reactor safety and licensing, thermal hydraulics, neutronics, nuclear materials, nuclear waste management, medical physics, nonproliferation and applied nuclear physics. We host a vibrant and growing community of faculty and students and enjoy close relationships with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratory. The Department has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary research and education, and seeks to further develop strategic alliances with related academic units in the College of Engineering, research centers, national laboratories, and industrial partners. The rich environment afforded by the excellence in engineering at Berkeley, the resources of the national laboratories, and the strength of other departments in the College provides fertile ground for the growth and development of new faculty. To learn more about the Department of Nuclear Engineering please visit [].

In addition to developing a vibrant, cutting-edge research program, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach and develop undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in the areas of thermal-hydraulics, reactor safety, and reactor licensing, and to mentor students at all levels. Candidates will have to demonstrate a commitment to excel in teaching and mentoring.

Candidates will also have to demonstrate how they plan to contribute through research, service, teaching, and mentoring to the core values of the Nuclear Engineering Department: belonging, dignity, and justice. Candidates should know that financial and in-kind resources are available to pursue activities that help accelerate our efforts to achieve our equity and inclusion goals, with the full backing of the College of Engineering. Examples of ongoing programs in the College are available at: Details of the Department's programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment can be found at:

The Department is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia. For more information, about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses refer to the Office for Faculty Equity and Welfare at



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree), or be enrolled in a Ph.D. or equivalent international degree-granting program 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 on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
  • 1 of 3 Peer-Reviewed (or in review) Publication
  • 2 of 3 Peer-Reviewed (or in review) Publication
  • 3 of 3 Peer-Reviewed (or in review) Publication
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

3 names and contact information (e-mail address) for writers of letters of recommendation are required at the time of application. Letters of recommendation will be required only for the finalists and the Department will notify the applicants prior to contacting their letter writers.

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Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley 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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letter.

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. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

Job location

Berkeley, CA

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