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Assistant Teaching Professor of Bioengineering

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Teaching Professor of Bioengineering
Salary range: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California salary scales.

Application Window

Open date: December 20th, 2021

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Feb 2, 2022 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: Wednesday, Nov 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.

Position description

The Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego invites applications from outstanding candidates for an Assistant Teaching Professor (also termed Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment). This appointment confers membership in the Academic Senate, and, contingent upon promotion, security of employment. For more details see The Department of Bioengineering within the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

All candidates must be committed to excellence in undergraduate education and demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education. As a vibrant center of scientific discovery, innovation, education, and collaboration, we are especially interested in candidates who have created or contributed to programs that aim to increase access and success of underrepresented students in the sciences, and/or have detailed plans to accomplish such goals.

The Department’s graduate program is ranked third in the country, the undergraduate program is ranked eighth in the country, and the cross-department Bioinformatics undergraduate program is ranked first in the nation for 2021-22. To help maintain the Department’s strong academics, the incumbent’s primary responsibility will be to contribute substantially to our course offerings in at least one or more of our four undergraduate majors: Bioengineering, with its emphasis on biomechanics; Biotechnology, with its emphasis on topics from biochemical/molecular to systems biology to tissue engineering; Biosystems, with its emphasis on computational systems and quantitative analysis; and Bioinformatics, with its emphasis on genomics, proteomics and related data and computational technologies.

The candidate is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses and laboratory offerings, especially in biotechnology areas. The candidate is expected to organize and guide undergraduate project designs.
In addition to teaching, the incumbent will also advance science education through service at UCSD and beyond through professional activities such as conducting and disseminating pedagogical research in science teaching methodologies, enrichment programs, or other related activities. Candidates are strongly advised to consult our undergraduate curricula for further information.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Candidates must have a Ph.D in Bioengineering or a related field.

Preferred qualifications

Preferred candidates will demonstrate;
• College-level teaching experience, with demonstrated success teaching undergraduates. Candidates should demonstrate knowledge of and experience employing instructional strategies tied to contemporary research on the science of learning (i.e., evidence-based teaching);
• Knowledge of and/or experience in professional activities that advance science education beyond a single institution, such as the development of a research program investigating the science of learning and teaching related to the applicant’s area of expertise;
• Demonstrated leadership and/or a commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education. Demonstrated ability to address the educational and academic needs of a diverse student population, including developing effective teaching strategies for the educational advancement of students from groups who are underrepresented in higher education;
• Potential to serve as an effective leader in the educational program of the Department of Bioengineering
• Contribution to instruction-related activities (e.g., conducting TA training, curriculum development, creation of instructional materials including online instruction, employment of new technologies).

The preferred candidate will have strong demonstrated accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC San Diego's commitment to achieving excellence and diversity.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - A complete CV including your educational background, research and training experiences (including names and institution of PhD and postdoctoral advisors and/or name of supervisor if position were not academic), instructional activities you have engaged in, funding successes, and any previous faculty or industry positions you may have held.

  • Cover Letter - A brief introduction of yourself, very briefly highlighting your research accomplishments, and stating your specific area of expertise for the position to which you are applying.

  • Statement of Research - A statement detailing your scholarly accomplishments, their relevance to your discipline, and your plans for future research.

  • Statement of Teaching - Please provide a statement of your teaching experience and your teaching philosophy. In this statement, you should discuss:

    Summary of teaching responsibilities, if you have taught previously
    Brief discussion of teaching philosophy
    Any key teaching methods, strategies, objectives you have utilized or would plan to utilize
    Brief discussion of teaching goals
    Prior teaching evaluations
    Summary of your experience and training in the specific subject area of the search

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

    Examples of contributions to diversity include, but are not limited to, developing strategies for the educational or professional advancement of students from underrepresented groups; efforts to advance equitable access and diversity in education; and activities such as recruitment, retention, and mentoring or advising of underrepresented students or new faculty. For additional information regarding contributions to diversity and how they are weighted by the hiring committee, please visit

  • Statement of Science Professional Activities in Science Education - Current or proposed professional activities advancing science education beyond UCSD (e.g. science education research), 1 page maximum

  • 3-5 Publications - The software has a size limit of 10 MB for each document.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required
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Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

La Jolla, CA