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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

University of California Davis

Davis, California 95616
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The University of California at Davis has a tenure-track position available in the area of Prosthetics. The appointment is at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. However, the research program of a successful candidate is expected to integrate campus strengths in engineering, neurosciences, and medicine. Candidates interested in helping lead efforts to integrate these disciplines on the UC Davis campus, possibly as part of a new Initiative for Neuroengineering & Medicine, are encouraged to apply. The current position is part of a cluster of hires that will also include associated positions in neurobiology/motor control and brain-computer interfaces. Interdisciplinary collaborations with other departments within the College of Engineering, School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine, College of Biological Sciences and College of Letters and Science are highly desirable and encouraged through a strong campus Graduate Group system.

We encourage candidates from all specialties within the discipline of Prosthetics. In Prosthetics, possible areas include artificial limbs, human-machine interfaces, exoskeletons, cochlear and retinal implants, and any other devices that assist or treat people with disability, or enhance human capabilities. Outstanding candidates in other areas of Prosthetics will also be considered.

UC Davis is one of few universities in the nation that houses a College of Engineering, School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, Neuroscience programs (including the Neuroscience Graduate Program, the Center for Neuroscience, the Center for Mind & Brain, and the M.I.N.D. Institute), as well as a National Primate Research Center (one of only seven centers supported by NIH nationwide). In 2016, UC Davis ranked 10th among public research universities nationwide and 44th among public and private research universities according to U.S. News and World Report. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC Davis is a large and thriving department, that currently comprises 32 full-time faculty, seven core administrative/technical staff, over 700 undergraduate students, 150 graduate students, and numerous post-doctoral fellows, research engineers, and visiting scholars. The department has existing strengths in micro/nano systems, controls, design, robotics, manufacturing, biosensors, vehicles, and aerospace sciences, among other disciplines. Additional information about the Department may be found at http://mae.ucdavis.edu.

Davis is a pleasant, family-oriented community in a college-town setting with excellent public schools, a mild climate, and agricultural surroundings. The town is ideally located for many professional, cultural and recreational activities. Davis is only 15 miles from California’s capital city of Sacramento and is within easy driving distance of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Sierra Nevada mountains, Napa and Sonoma Valleys, and the Pacific Coast areas.

UC Davis supports Family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany a 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. http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/programs/worklife/index.html

At UC Davis, a Work Life program has been in place since January 2003. A group of Faculty Advisors for Work Life was established in 2007 to help publicize and inform the faculty about the programs, policies, and resources associated with work life/life changes. This group of advisors represents various academic units (colleges, schools, divisions) on the campus. The following summarizes the programs and updated UC policy. http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/programs/work-life/index.html

The UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) is a service designed to support departments and deans offices in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. Eligibility is limited to full-time Academic Senate Ladder Rank faculty, Cooperative Extension Specialists, and in a few instances, members of the Senior ManagementGroup. http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/programs/partneropp/index.html

For questions regarding how these policies/programs affect academic appointees, contact: Matilda Aidam, Director Faculty Relations and Development, (530) 752-7643.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. UC Davis welcomes all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 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 (ecigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.


To be considered, applicants must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent (including M.D./Ph.D.) in any field of engineering. Also, applicants must possess an excellent record of accomplishment in research, and demonstrated potential to obtain extramural research support. Applicants must be able to teach and develop undergraduate and graduate courses in engineering related to their disciplines.

Required materials include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief statements of research and teaching plans, and contact information for 3 references. In addition, applicants must submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity that highlights past efforts to encourage diversity (http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/diversity/equity_inclusion/index.html).

Please submit materials at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01413 . Review of applications will begin March 15, 2017 but the position will be open until filled. Inquiries should be directed to:

Prof. Sanjay S. Joshi
Search Committee Chair, Prosthetics
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

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