Faculty Position in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Institute of Transportation Studies
University of California Davis
United States

Faculty Position in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Institute of Transportation Studies

Job #JPF03708

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 1st, 2020

Next review date: Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Apr 30, 2021 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.


As part of UC Davis’ commitment to hire leading research faculty with a strong/outstanding/ demonstrable/clear commitment to teaching, research and service that will promote the success of historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities and address the needs of our increasingly diverse state and student population, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis invite applications for a faculty position in autonomous driving and related technological areas. The opening targets candidates with outstanding credentials at all ranks and the position commences in July 2021.

The search focus shall include, but not limited to computer vision, machine learning, data science, robotics and autonomous systems in complex and uncertain environments, and cyber-physical systems. Of interest are individuals working on system-level research that addresses multiple technical aspects of autonomous vehicles, ranging from sensing/perception, mixed autonomy traffic, human-machine interaction, to decision-making and control by leveraging advancement in sensor and information technology, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques. Cybersecurity and privacy of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) is also an area of interest. Expertise and interest in large scale simulations (for example agent-based modeling or microscopic and continuous multi-modal traffic simulations) is a plus.

We are searching for innovative and collaborative researchers who will contribute to a plurality of our department’s strong research areas as well as to the broader research initiatives of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis). The candidate is expected to contribute towards the research and teaching mission of ITS-Davis, including creating a sustainable transportation future with electric vehicles and autonomous driving technology and participating in or leading center-planning activities. Preference will be given to those who have a solid plan and track record of working across disciplines and leading teams. The candidate is also expected to help advance UC Davis’ strategic goal of improving access and building an inclusive community for all marginalized populations.

As one of the country’s leading R1 institutions, UC Davis seeks candidates with exceptional potential for or record of research, teaching, and inclusive excellence. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education. The successful candidate also will have an accomplished track record or potential for (calibrated to career stage) addressing the needs of underrepresented minorities, and/or a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will continue to contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population. Applicants’ track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment.

Minimum Qualifications
• PhD degree or equivalent in Electrical and Computer Engineering, or a closely related field.

Additional Qualifications
• Excellence in research that complements or extends existing research strengths in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the potential to attract extramural funding.
• Evidence of commitment to or strong potential for commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities, and how this commitment integrates with teaching, research, and service.
• Commitment to excellence in teaching. Must demonstrate potential or evidence of ability to perform well at both graduate and undergraduate levels and to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses or seminars.
• Participation in department, college, and university service as a member of UC Davis Division of the Academic Senate is an expectation under our faculty shared governance model.

Appointment will be as an academic year (9-month) tenure-track or tenured Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor. Applicants must have been awarded a Ph.D. degree by the date of hire.

Application Requirements
For fullest consideration applications must be completed by December 31, 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled through April 30, 2021. Applications should be submitted online through UC Recruit and should include the following documents: current Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, Statement of Research, Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Statement of Teaching Accomplishments and Philosophy, Authorization for Release of Information, and the contact information of 3-6 individuals who will be contacted to provide a letter of reference on your behalf.

We encourage applicants to explore the College's and Department’s websites: College: https://engineering.ucdavis.edu/#gsc.tab=0
Department: https://ece.ucdavis.edu/

We strongly recommend that all candidates visit our website dedicated to additional information about how application materials, including the Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, will be assessed carefully by the Search Committee in the screening and review process. https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/why-does-uc-davis-seek-diversity-statements-applicants

For questions regarding this process, please contact Lifeng Lai and Carole Bustamante.

COVID-19: Please be aware that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, campus in-person operations have been restricted to essential personnel only. All academic and scholarly activities are being conducted remotely for the time being. As a result, interviews, seminars, and additional consultations may occur via remote platforms, including zoom, to which we will provide access.

Our Commitment
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California, Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by faculty who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our recently developed Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our new strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. The Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan. The University has taken many steps to uphold these goals and visions, which are outlined through this timeline: https://diversity.ucdavis.edu/timeline.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see this website: https://www.ucdavis.edu/statement-nondiscrimination/. If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Search Committee Chair.

The University
Since 1908, UC Davis has been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100- plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society. Additional information about UC Davis, it’s history, rankings, dedication to student success, environmental sustainability, and academic excellence is available here: https://www.ucdavis.edu/about/. Information regarding the diversity of our student body is located here: https://www.ucdavis.edu/sites/default/files/upload/files/uc-davis-student-profile.pdf

UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all finalists for tenured or security of employment positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant/associate/full professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for positions with tenure or security of employment will be subject to reference checks.

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. The campus sponsors extensive programs in support of faculty relocation and Work-Life balance, including the UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) and Capital Resource Network (CRN), services designed to support new faculty as they transition to our campus.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) are strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis -- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check.

Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching - The teaching statement should include a list of courses that the candidate is interested in and qualified to teach.
  • Three (3) Sample Publications
  • References - Names and contact information for six references at the Associate Professor rank, or three references at the Assistant Professor rank.
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will only be completed on the final candidate. Please complete and upload the form located at: https://aadocs.ucdavis.edu/your-resources/forms-and-checklists/forms/authorization-release-form.pdf
Reference requirements
  • 3-6 required (contact information only)

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