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Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering

Application Window

Open date: December 20th, 2021

Next review date: Tuesday, Feb 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, May 1, 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 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO, Department of Structural Engineering ( is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff and student body and invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Advanced Manufacturing of Aerospace Structures. Candidates with demonstrated excellence in advanced manufacturing of aerospace or other high-performance structures, including but not limited to additive manufacturing, automated tow placement, advanced composite manufacturing, digital manufacturing, rapid/low-cost manufacturing, green manufacturing, high-rate processing, online process monitoring, and other novel manufacturing methods. This scope entails an experimental focus coordinated with the use of multi-physics/multi-scale experimental-analytical approaches for process modeling to predict the properties of materials in the manufactured structure, flaw/defect states and residual stress or warping, and to understand their effects on structural performance and design. Other key aspects include optimization of material systems, processes and structural geometries, embedded systems/sensors and electronics, uncertainty and variability, data analytics and machine learning methods for process control, and initial as-manufactured state definition supporting the digital twin. Research in this area is critical to addressing ongoing challenges faced by various industrial sectors in the increasing adoption of advanced and additive manufacturing methods for the creation of innovative, high performance, sustainable and potentially low-cost structures. Other areas of interest are aeroelastic behavior of aerospace structures, passive and active control of large flexible structures, unmanned/autonomous vehicles, adaptive and smart structures, certification of rapidly developed (low-cost) aircraft structures, launch vehicle and space mission structures, design optimization, composite damage and failure analysis, and integrated computational materials engineering (ICME).

In addition to the highest standards of scholarship, teaching, and professional activity, the successful candidate for this position will have potential or demonstrated contributions to a climate that supports equity, inclusion, and diversity. A well-articulated plan building on past experiences creating or contributing to programs that aim to increase access and success of underrepresented students and faculty in engineering is highly desired. At UC San Diego, the candidate must teach undergraduate and graduate courses, maintain an active and well-funded research program, and form synergistic connections with other areas in the department and university. Please contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Prof. Hyonny Kim (, for inquiries specific to the Department of Structural Engineering and this position.

The Department of Structural Engineering houses experimental facilities supporting research in composites and advanced materials fabrication, mechanical and physical characterization, and evaluation via non-destructive evaluation/structural health monitoring (NDE/SHM) laboratories. Additionally, the department has unparalleled large-scale testing facilities allowing research into full-scale aerospace structures. These include a high-bay structural systems laboratory, a structural components laboratory, a large Caltrans 6-DOF table system for testing structural response modification devices (SRMD), the NHERI@UCSD Large High-Performance Outdoor Shake Table, and a blast simulation facility.

UCSD is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity (, and the Department of Structural Engineering within the Jacobs School of Engineering is committed to building an academically excellent, diverse, and inclusive faculty, staff, and student body ( Candidates with experience with or willingness to engage in activities that contribute to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

For applicants interested in spousal/partner employment, please visit the UCSD Partner Opportunities Program website (

Salary: Level of appointment commensurate with qualifications; salary based on UC pay scales (

Closing Date: Applications received by February 1, 2022 will be given full consideration; however, the position is open until filled.

To Apply: The application (curriculum vitae, including a complete publication list, a list of four professional references with contact information, a cover letter which identifies the Department of Structural Engineering as the department to be considered for, a statement of research and teaching interests, and a separate statement describing past experience and activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions), should be submitted electronically to the Jacobs School of Engineering. For further information about contributions to diversity statements and how they are considered by the committee , see: and


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

An earned doctoral degree in civil engineering, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, or a closely-related field is required at the time of appointment.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

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

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 4-6 required (contact information only)
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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. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

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Job location

San Diego, CA