Associate and Full Professors of Pavement Engineering Research

University of California Davis Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Associate and Full Professors of Pavement Engineering Research

Job #JPF03840
  • ENGINEERING - CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGR

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 29th, 2020

Next review date: Friday, Dec 18, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Mar 31, 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.

Description

As part of UC Davis’ commitment to hire leading research faculty with a clear commitment to teaching, research, and service that will promote the success of diverse student communities, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering invites applications for a tenure track Associate or Full professor faculty position in the area of pavement engineering. Requirements include a doctoral degree in engineering or a related field and demonstrated success in research, engagement with external partners, and teaching along with a commitment to fostering a culture of inclusion within the engineering community and academia.

As one of the country’s leading R1 institutions, UC Davis seeks candidates with an exceptional record of research, teaching, engagement in implementation, and inclusive excellence. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a significant independent research program in pavement engineering related to the resiliency, durability, and sustainability of transportation infrastructure. Areas of special interest include, but are not limited to, improving the structural, functional, economic and environmental performance of pavement structures and materials in projects, and when considered as networks of pavement assets. Example research can include development and evaluation of novel pavement materials and structures; pavement material reuse and recycling; development of guidelines and specifications to support pavement innovations, new technologies and adaptions to climate change; and methods and applications of life-cycle cost and environmental analysis of pavement systems at different scales. Candidates should have a strong background in fundamental pavement mechanics with strengths in physical, numerical, or systems modeling and a strong track record of engagement with external partners.

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 will have an accomplished track record of socially conscious teaching, research, or service activities and 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 and the needs of the state. The applicants’ track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be an important part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment.

The faculty hire for this position will have a home in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and is expected to have a leadership role in the University of California Pavement Research Center (UCPRC). Hiring is expected to be at the Associate or Full Professor level. Applications should be submitted by December 13, 2020 to assure full consideration, although the position will remain open until filled.

To learn more about the campus, college, department, and position, we invite interested parties to explore the University’s most recent annual report , Diversity Equity and Inclusion resources , the College of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and University of California Pavement Research Center. Please contact Prof. Alissa Kendall (amkendall@ucdavis.edu) for further questions and include the position number in the subject line of your email.

As one of the country’s leading research universities, UC Davis seeks candidates with exceptional potential for, or an exceptional 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. 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.

Qualifications are as follows:

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Civil Engineering or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated experience, productivity, and creativity in research in pavement engineering research Commitment to excellence in the teaching of pavement engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Strong commitment to teaching the next generation and engaging them in creation of solutions to challenges in pavement engineering.
  • Demonstrated willingness to engage with and build relationships with state, primarily Caltrans, federal, and local agencies, and industry
  • Ability and desire to take a leadership role in the UCPRC.
  • Evidence of understanding and dedication to enhancing social justice in engineering and a 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.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an eagerness to work with others in a collegial team atmosphere.

Additional Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with, recruit, and manage a diverse team of researchers.
  • Strong evidence of ability to develop and manage extramural research funding.
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically identify future critical research needs and collaborate with key stakeholders, particularly with Caltrans but also with industry and other agencies at the state and federal levels, to address them across a broad range of pavement technical areas, including the interaction of pavements with other systems
  • Practical experience in road design and/or construction and/or management

Appointment will be as an academic year (9-month) associate or full Professor. Applicants must have earned a PhD in Civil Engineering or a closely related field by time of hire. 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.

Application Requirements

For fullest consideration applications must be completed by December 13, 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled through January 31, 2021. Application packages should be submitted online through https:// recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03840 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 Statement of Strategic Issues, and the contact information of 5-7 individuals who will be contacted to provide a letter of reference on your behalf.

We strongly recommend that all candidates visit our website dedicated to this search for additional information about how their application materials, including their Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, will be assessed carefully by the Search Committee in the screening and review process. For questions regarding this process, please contact Alissa Kendall and the college of engineering.

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. In 2019, over 40% of undergraduate students were first generation, with roughly 30% of students coming from underrepresented minority groups across California (discover more statistics here). 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 strategic plan at the UC Davis Health System (UCDHS) through Our Path Forward, 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.

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, its history, rankings, dedication to student success, environmental sustainability, and academic excellence is available here. Information regarding the diversity of our student body is located here.

UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments. 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.

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. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a nationally recognized Work-Life Program for Academics that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community. In addition, the campus sponsors extensive programs in support of faculty relocation including the 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 effective January 1, 2014. 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.

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. The complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy can be found at this website.

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

Apply Here: [https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03840]

Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Strategic Issues - A statement of the candidate’s understanding of strategic issues in the areas of pavement engineering beyond their primary areas of expertise
  • 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.
  • Cover Letter
  • Authorization to Release Information - A reference check will only be completed if you are the selected candidate. Please complete and upload the form located here: https://aadocs.ucdavis.edu/your-resources/forms-and-checklists/forms/authorization-release-form.pdf
Reference requirements
  • 5-7 required (contact information only)