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Professor of Practice (Faculty Director, Systems Engineering Program)

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 26th, 2019
Last review date: Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 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.


Faculty Director (Professor of Practice)

Systems Engineering Program

The Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego seeks a leading industry professional and educator who will serve as the curriculum architect and Faculty Director for the Systems Engineering Program within the Jacobs School of Engineering.

This position will also have a concurrent appointment as a Professor of Practice. Appointees in the Professor of Practice series are distinguished professionals with specific expertise in their fields and are able to provide students and faculty additional opportunities to interact with and to benefit from the presence of experienced professionals who have distinguished practical accomplishments in their fields. They do not, however, have traditional academic backgrounds. (For a full description of this title see

The appointment will be in one of our six departments:

  • Bioengineering,
  • Computer Science and Engineering,
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering,
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,
  • Nanoengineering,
  • Structural Engineering.

The Systems Engineering Program is being created to introduce undergraduate and M.S. engineering students to the discipline of Systems Engineering. In addition, the importance of systems engineering is recognized by industry, and therefore graduating students who understand this discipline well has become an important priority within the Jacobs School of Engineering. The development of such a program will help strengthen the Jacobs School’s position as a premiere recruiting destination for top engineering firms.

The Systems Engineering Program Faculty Director will be responsible for building the Systems Engineering Program from the ground up and for oversight of all aspects of the Program, including the identification and coordination of resources to be used in building and maintaining the Program and its objectives. Teaching undergraduate and graduate students a deeper understanding of the practical applications of the field of systems engineering is required for this position. The position also requires individuals to maintain professional competence and activity, to conduct research and/or participate in creative activity related to our research mission, and to engage in service.


  • This position requires a PhD in bioengineering, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering physics, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, nanoengineering, structural engineering, systems engineering or a related area.
  • Demonstrated evidence of past educational activities which may include (but is not limited to): curriculum development, curriculum oversight, classroom teaching, and/or graduate mentorship.

Preferred candidates will have:

  • Over 10 years of industry experience as it relates to systems engineering and/or curriculum development;
  • Experience with or willingness to engage in activities that contribute to diversity and inclusion. The Jacobs School of Engineering is committed to building an excellent, diverse and inclusive faculty, staff and student body

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications in conformance with University of California policies.

About the Jacobs School of Engineering
The Jacobs School of Engineering ranks 11th among the nation's top engineering schools, and 6th in the nation among public universities according to the U.S. News ranking of graduate schools. With $188 million in federal, state and industry research support in FY18, the Jacobs School of Engineering ranks 13th overall, and third among all public engineering schools, for research expenditures per faculty member, reflecting UC San Diego's leadership as a research university. (U.S. News, published March 2019.) With more than 260 faculty and nearly 9000 students in six departments, the Jacobs School is the largest engineering school in California.

All applications must be submitted via our AP On-Line Recruit submission website at:

For applicants with interest in spousal/partner employment, please see for the UC San Diego Partner Opportunities Program.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Job location

La Jolla, CA

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