NEWS Announcement: Assistant Professor position available in Development Engineering with an expected start date of July 1, 2020

Take a look at an excit­ing Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor posi­tion that is avail­able at UC Berke­ley rel­e­vant to much of the work tak­ing place in RAEL:  click here.

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Open Octo­ber 7th, 2019 through Fri­day, Dec 13, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing and the Blum Cen­ter for Devel­op­ing Economies at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley seek appli­ca­tions for a tenure-​​track fac­ulty posi­tion, at the Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor level in Devel­op­ment Engi­neer­ing with an expected start date of July 1, 2020.

Devel­op­ment Engi­neer­ing is a grow­ing mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary field that inte­grates engi­neer­ing, eco­nom­ics, busi­ness, nat­ural resources, pub­lic health and social sci­ences in order to cre­ate, imple­ment, eval­u­ate and scale new tech­nolo­gies to ben­e­fit peo­ple liv­ing in poverty in devel­op­ing regions and low-​​income areas in the U.S. The goal is to solve big soci­etal prob­lems both glob­ally and locally.

Exam­ple focus areas include, but are not lim­ited to: engi­neer­ing bet­ter health, the nexus of food, energy and water sys­tems, acces­si­ble low-​​cost energy tech­nolo­gies, the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion of soci­etal sys­tems, cli­mate change mit­i­ga­tion, and sus­tain­able design and com­mu­ni­ties. Research in any one of these areas will enable cross-​​campus multi-​​disciplinary col­lab­o­ra­tions for inno­va­tion of scal­able and sus­tain­able tech­no­log­i­cal solu­tions to improve the human con­di­tion and lift peo­ple out of poverty, par­tic­u­larly in devel­op­ing economies.

Appli­cants will be hired into a home depart­ment within the Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing: Bio­engi­neer­ing; Civil & Envi­ron­men­tal Engi­neer­ing; Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing & Com­puter Sci­ences; Indus­trial Engi­neer­ing & Oper­a­tions Research; Mate­ri­als Sci­ence & Engi­neer­ing; Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing; or Nuclear Engi­neer­ing. More infor­ma­tion on the Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing, and a link to each depart­ment, is avail­able at http://​engi​neer​ing​.berke​ley​.edu/

The suc­cess­ful can­di­date will be expected to con­tribute mean­ing­fully to both their home depart­ment and to the activ­i­ties of the Devel­op­ment Engi­neer­ing Grad­u­ate Group, housed in the Blum Cen­ter for Devel­op­ing Economies. They will be expected to teach courses in both their home depart­ment and the Devel­op­ment Engi­neer­ing Grad­u­ate Group, and have a strong com­mit­ment to excel­lence in research, teach­ing, ser­vice, and con­tri­bu­tions to diver­sity, equity and inclu­sion. The Grad­u­ate Group in Devel­op­ment Engi­neer­ing is get­ting ready to offer a new Pro­fes­sional Mas­ters in Devel­op­ment Engi­neer­ing. It is expected that the new fac­ulty mem­ber selected will par­tic­i­pate in the ped­a­gogy asso­ci­ated with the new Masters.

The Blum Cen­ter for Devel­op­ing Economies lever­ages the tal­ent, enthu­si­asm, and energy of the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia com­mu­nity to address global poverty. The Blum Center’s inter­dis­ci­pli­nary problem-​​solving approach draws on stu­dents and fac­ulty ded­i­cated to fac­ing this chal­lenge through inno­v­a­tive tech­nolo­gies, ser­vices, and edu­ca­tion. It cat­alyzes the efforts of the uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity, in part­ner­ship with for-​​profit, non­profit, and gov­ern­ment enti­ties, to develop scal­able and sus­tain­able solu­tions. These mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary approaches are built around new tech­nolo­gies with great poten­tial for low-​​income regions. The Blum Cen­ter invests in promis­ing efforts and shep­herd them to the next stage, engag­ing part­ners out­side the uni­ver­sity inter­ested in bring­ing these inno­va­tions to mil­lions. In addi­tion to host­ing the Devel­op­ment Engi­neer­ing Grad­u­ate Group, the Blum Cen­ter also offers an under­grad­u­ate minor in Global Poverty & Prac­tice and man­ages the Big Ideas con­test that pro­vides fund­ing, sup­port, and encour­age­ment to stu­dents who have “big ideas” for social and entre­pre­neur­ial impact. More infor­ma­tion about the Blum Cen­ter is at: http://​blum​cen​ter​.berke​ley​.edu.

Basic Qual­i­fi­ca­tions: Appli­cants must, at a min­i­mum, be in the process of com­plet­ing a doc­toral dis­ser­ta­tion or an equiv­a­lent inter­na­tional degree at the time of application.

Addi­tional Qual­i­fi­ca­tions: The can­di­date should have expe­ri­ence in teach­ing, out­reach and research in devel­op­ment glob­ally or in low-​​income areas of the U.S.

Pre­ferred Qual­i­fi­ca­tions: Hold­ing a doc­tor­ate or equiv­a­lent degree by the start of the posi­tion. The can­di­date should include evi­dence of out­stand­ing schol­ar­ship, the abil­ity to estab­lish and pur­sue a pro­gram of high-​​quality research within a rel­e­vant dis­ci­pline, evi­dence of teach­ing capa­bil­i­ties, and a com­mit­ment to cre­at­ing an inclu­sive environment.

Diver­sity, equity, and inclu­sion are core val­ues in the Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing and the Blum Cen­ter. Our excel­lence can only be fully real­ized by fac­ulty, stu­dents and staff who share our com­mit­ment to these val­ues. Suc­cess­ful can­di­dates for our fac­ulty posi­tions will demon­strate evi­dence of a com­mit­ment to equity and inclu­sion. 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 pro­gram­ming at the Col­lege are avail­able at: engi​neer​ing​.berke​ley​.edu/​d​i​v​e​r​s​ity.

Appli­cants should pro­vide three names and con­tact infor­ma­tion for use in obtain­ing pro­fes­sional let­ters of ref­er­ence. Rec­om­menders pro­vid­ing let­ters of ref­er­ence should sub­mit them as early as pos­si­ble, prefer­ably by Decem­ber 13, 2019. Can­di­dates are respon­si­ble for ask­ing their ref­er­ences to upload the let­ters as part of the online appli­ca­tion process. All rec­om­men­da­tion let­ters will be treated as con­fi­den­tial per Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia pol­icy and Cal­i­for­nia state law. Please refer poten­tial letter-​​writers, includ­ing those who may pro­vide let­ters via third party (i.e., dossier ser­vice or career cen­ter), to the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley state­ment of con­fi­den­tial­ity http://​apo​.berke​ley​.edu/​e​v​a​l​l​t​r​.​h​tml) prior to sub­mit­ting their letters.

The dead­line for appli­ca­tions is Decem­ber 13, 2019 and appli­ca­tions received after the dead­line will not be con­sid­ered. Can­di­dates will be reviewed on an ongo­ing basis, and early appli­ca­tion is rec­om­mended. Please direct ques­tions to the Chair of the Search Com­mit­tee at blum-​search@​berkeley.​edu. Appli­ca­tions should be sub­mit­ted elec­tron­i­cally at: https://​apre​cruit​.berke​ley​.edu/​a​p​p​l​y​/​J​P​F​0​2​360.

The Col­lege is also com­mit­ted to address­ing the fam­ily needs of fac­ulty, includ­ing dual career cou­ples and sin­gle par­ents. For more infor­ma­tion please visit: https://​ofew​.berke​ley​.edu/​n​e​w​-​f​a​c​u​lty.

The Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia 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:
http://​pol​icy​.ucop​.edu/​d​o​c​/​4​0​0​0​3​7​6​/​N​o​n​d​i​s​c​r​i​m​A​f​f​i​r​m​Act (link is external).

For admin­is­tra­tive ques­tions regard­ing the posi­tion, please con­tact: Julie Allen (COE Aca­d­e­mic Per­son­nel Ana­lyst) at: jallen@​berkeley.​edu, 510–642-2612.


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