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Assistant Professor in Urban Studies and Planning

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor
Salary range: A reasonable salary range estimate for this position is $109,600-$132,200.​ The posted UC Academic salary scales set the minimum pay as determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the salary scale(s) for this position: The base salary range, from the salary table(s), for this position is $74,600-$97,200. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience. ​ ​Additional UCSD salary information can be found here:

Application Window

Open date: September 14, 2023

Most recent review date: Saturday, Oct 14, 2023 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: Sunday, Mar 31, 2024 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 Urban Studies and Planning at UC San Diego invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor working in the area of urban studies and planning, anticipated to begin July 1, 2024.

USP is a rapidly-growing department with strategic emphases on social and spatial justice; climate justice; and multinational planning. The selected candidate will be expected to contribute to our mission by building and maintaining a record of high-quality scholarship in transportation planning and/or spatial analytics; developing curriculum to meet department needs; mentoring and teaching graduate and undergraduate students, including teaching courses in quantitative methods; and engaging in university and public service to help build an equitable and diverse environment.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning or a closely related field, or one who is in the all-but-dissertation stage of earning the PhD.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Must hold a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning or related field by start date of appointment as Assistant Professor.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - No more than 4 pages, describing accomplishments and future plans in teaching and research

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

  • Writing Sample - Up to three academic publications or other writing sample(s). Combine samples into one PDF for upload.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Reference letters will be requested upon making the shortlist

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Job location

La Jolla, CA