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Position title: Assistant Professor, tenure-track

Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).

Anticipated start: July 1, 2022, with the academic year beginning in September 2022. Degree requirements must be met by June 30, 2023 for employment effective July 1, 2023 and beyond.


Open date: October 25th, 2021

Next review date: Friday, Jan 14, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 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.


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Digital Hardware Electronics. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UC Santa Cruz aims to achieve engineering discoveries that benefit humankind through a combination of curiosity, open-mindedness, and inclusiveness. We aim to provide undergraduate and graduate students with inspiration and quality education, believing that rigor, creativity, and excitement should be part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum. Our Electrical Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The appointed faculty member is expected to excel in research in digital hardware electronics and highly impacting interdisciplinary areas; obtain external funding from federal government agencies and digital hardware industry; serve as an inspirational teacher for both graduate and undergraduate courses in digital hardware electronics and other core ECE courses; perform as an exemplary adviser of graduate students; mentor both undergraduate and graduate students; perform university, public and professional service; and interact broadly with the large number of researchers in Silicon Valley industrial research and advanced development labs. The position requires that the appointed faculty member work successfully with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientations.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is part of the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. Our school has nationally and internationally known researchers in many areas. UC Santa Cruz is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an association of the top research universities in the U.S. and is home to many centers and research institutes including the UCSC Genomics Institute, the W.M. Keck Center for Nanoscale Optofluidics, the Center for Molecular Biology of RNA, and the Cyber-Physical Systems Research Center. Of the ten UC campuses, our campus is the nearest to Silicon Valley and has close research ties with the local computer industry. Nestled in a redwood forest above the city of Santa Cruz, our beautiful campus has a long history of embracing groundbreaking interdisciplinary work. Our proximity to Silicon Valley, and our satellite campus there, afford opportunities and avenues for collaboration with researchers working in the many research and development labs in Silicon Valley, as well as with the other San Francisco Bay Area universities.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering department strives to support a creative and forward-looking research program with faculty members collaborating in many areas of electrical and computer engineering and beyond. The department houses B.S. (ABET accredited), M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as a B.S. degree program in Robotics Engineering. Our faculty includes eight IEEE fellows, two AAAS fellows, two OSA fellows, one ACM fellow, and one fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Candidates who meet the basic degree requirement at the time of application and have significant industry or equivalent research and design experience in fields relevant to the advertised position would be preferred, although such experience is not required.

We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community through their research, teaching, and service. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minoritized groups who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity, inclusion and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable, inclusive and diverse scholarly environment.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in electrical engineering, computer engineering, electrical and computer engineering, computer science, computer science and engineering or closely related field. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed no later than June 30, 2023.

Research and teaching experience in digital hardware electronic systems, including digital or mixed-signal VLSI circuits and systems using advanced CAD tools for design, verification and testing, and implementation of a significant digital hardware using FPGAs and specific VLSI chips .


Document requirements

*Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.

*Initial screening of applicants will be based on the statement on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position .

Statement of Research

Statement of Teaching

Reference requirements

3 letters of reference required

Applications must include three confidential letters of recommendation**. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

**All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC's confidentiality statement at

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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. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

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 UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see

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If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at (831) 459-4602.

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The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)



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