Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering

University of California Davis

Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering



Position overview

Salary range: “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, qualifications, and experience. A reasonable estimated salary range for this position is $121,600 to $131,300, inclusive of the salary scale and off-scale salary components.

Application Window

Open date: August 15, 2023

Next review date: Wednesday, Nov 1, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, May 1, 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 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) in the College of Engineering (CoE) of the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is seeking a Assistant Professor of Teaching (formal title Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment) position in Computer Engineering.

The Assistant Professor of Teaching series emphasizes excellence in teaching and student-centered efforts and complements the research-focused Professor series at the University of California. Appointment conveys membership in the Academic Senate and, contingent upon promotion, security of employment which is analogous to tenure. Professors of Teaching are expected to be outstanding teachers, engage in professional and/or scholarly achievement and activities, and provide service to the department, university, and public.

Attractive candidates will be outstanding educators who have a strong and demonstrable interest in teaching, and sound ideas to enhance the computer engineering undergraduate curricula and improve student learning and engagement at UC Davis. A successful applicant will be able to 1) teach core undergraduate computer engineering courses in areas of computer architecture, digital circuits and systems, embedded systems, and computer programming, 2) apply curricular revisions to enhance students’ learning in the core courses with an emphasis on promoting hands-on education, and 3) demonstrate their ability to introduce new courses in other essential/emerging fields in computer engineering. Examples of such fields include (but are not limited to) parallel computing or operating systems or robotics or hardware-software codesign, etc.

In addition to demonstrating excellence in teaching, professors of teaching are expected to engage in professional and/or scholarly activities. Examples of such activities include (but are not limited to) scholarship in pedagogy and/or scholarship in their underlying research area and/or development and assessment of new educational initiatives and/or applying for grants related to education and/or initiating new learning centers and teaching programs, etc.

The successful candidate will also participate in the department’s community outreach activities and assists with the program accreditation efforts in addition to serving in the ECE department, the CoE and Academic Senate committees.

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. Applicant’s record of engagement and activities related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment.

The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the college and department in which he/she/they is/are housed for recommending tenure and promotion.

UC Davis is a tier-one research university and has a strong history of engaging in teaching, research, and service for the greater public good as a land grant institution. The College of Engineering has an exciting Next Level Strategic Research Vision with major pillars for research, education, and community. Our vision can be found here [].

Appointment will be as an academic year (9-month) assistant professor of teaching. The position will be hired between assistant professor of teaching steps 1 through 3 in the UC Davis step-plus system based on experience. The resulting hire will be at the assistant rank step 3 or below, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications. Because the hiring step is determined after the candidate has gone through the appropriate appointment process, all applicants for these faculty positions are required to adhere to the following instructions of providing Reference contact information only- 3 required; 3 optional (6 total).

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through 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 first choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law 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. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant 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 Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. degree or advancement to candidacy in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or in related disciplines.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or in related disciplines by date of hire.

Preferred qualifications

• Excellence in teaching including the potential or evidence of the ability to develop and teach
undergraduate and graduate computer engineering courses or seminars.
• 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 plans.
• A commitment to excellence in scholarly and professional activities that complements or extends
existing strengths in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching - This statement must describe your teaching
    experience and include evidence of effective teaching (including student evaluation data is encouraged). Detail teaching innovations and/or evidence-based approaches to teaching.

  • Statement of Scholarly Activities - A statement of scholarly activities describing research and/or other
    scholarly activities. This statement may describe scholarship in engineering pedagogy and/or engineering disciplines and should also include a description of plans for future scholarship at UC Davis.

  • 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 for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will only be completed if you are selected as the first-choice candidate. Download, complete, sign and upload the form:

Reference requirements
  • 3-6 required (contact information only)

Because the hiring step is determined after the candidate has gone through the appropriate appointment process, all applicants for these faculty positions are required to adhere to the following instructions.

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The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC 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 members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our 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. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

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Job location

Davis, CA


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