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Associate Director, California Lighting Technology Center, Assistant or Associate Professor, Department of Design U.C. Davis

Application Window

Open date: December 23rd, 2020

Last review date: Wednesday, Apr 14, 2021 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: Friday, Dec 31, 2021 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

Position Description: The University of California, Davis, seeks an accomplished designer with experience in energy-efficient lighting, daylighting or a related area of product, systems or environmental design to join the leadership of the UC Davis California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC), teach lighting design classes, and pursue related research. The Associate Director will be appointed as an Assistant or tenured Associate Professor within the Department of Design, College of Letters and Science.

The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) is a specialized research center within the Department of Design, College of Letters and Science, that directs applied design research in lighting through stakeholder engagement, innovation, education and outreach. For more than fifteen years, the CLTC has been deeply involved in the development, deployment and policy evolution in California of sustainable lighting technology and design. The CLTC is a not-for-profit research, development and demonstration facility dedicated to accelerating the development and commercialization of next-generation lighting and daylighting technologies, best practice design and high-impact policy initiatives. More information about the CLTC can be found at

To complement and support the growing research focus of the Center, the ideal candidate would have interest and expertise in lighting design in one or more areas related to human factors research, circadian design, data-driven design, environmental justice, mediated environments, and health, wellness and quality in the built environment. The Associate Director will be expected to lead the development of new research proposals focused on lighting design, technology and policy that advance the CLTC’s research and education goals working in concert with CLTC senior staff, allied institutions, industry organizations, government agencies, nonprofit entities and others for broad, long-term Center funding and support. This development by the Associate Director can be in close consultation with the current CLTC Director, with an expectation of their becoming director within three years. At that point a successful candidate with appropriate research interests may be considered for the Arthur H. Rosenfeld Chair in Energy Efficiency, the endowment for which may contribute to successful candidate’s research, teaching, and outreach. The Associate Director will also be expected to teach lighting classes in their specialty at the undergraduate level and actively participate in advancing graduate level research in lighting, industrial, exhibition or interior design, supporting the educational mission of the Department of Design and the university.

As Associate Director, the successful candidate will provide strategic vision for and operational leadership of the CLTC in the following ways:

• Pursue a development program to grow the CLTC’s profile and resources.
• Represent the CLTC’s contributions to local, state, national and international communities.
• Engage government leaders in CLTC programs to ensure a strong link with government decision-making at state, federal and international levels, to spur the development and adoption of energy-efficient lighting solutions.
• Continue successful partnerships with campus operations and administrative units to demonstrate and deploy sustainable best practices for energy-efficient lighting in campus building retrofits and new construction, and support the UC Davis Smart Lighting Initiative, the Million-Lamp Challenge for all California institutions, and the proposed Circadian Lighting Design Specification for UC campuses and medical centers.

As a faculty member in the Department of Design, the individual will:

• Engage in research, teaching and other scholarly activities that advance the field of quality, sustainable lighting design.
• Engage in teaching within the Department of Design, which considers lighting within its broader contexts.
• Participate in the merit and promotion process within the Department of Design.
• Participate in the community life and service of the Department of Design.
• Resume a normal departmental teaching load, should they cease being the CLTC faculty Director.
• Support the development of a dynamic graduate and undergraduate curriculum to educate a new generation of lighting design professionals and leaders, and promote the education of existing professionals.
• Support the Department’s commitments to Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.


To be considered, applicants should have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent terminal degree (Masters) in a relevant field such as Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Environmental Design or Lighting Design. Candidates will have significant record of professional practice and/or academic accomplishment in one or more of the following fields: lighting/daylighting design, interior/architectural design, product/industrial design, sustainability/energy efficiency, systems design. Candidates will have experience in a teaching/training environment. Candidates will have demonstrated leadership and administrative experience in a group research, professional design, or innovation environment. The applicant will have exceptional interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to work effectively with individuals representing a diversity of backgrounds, interests, and positions both within and outside the University of California.

Application Process

Submit required materials on-line at the RECRUIT system, Required materials include: a cover letter; curriculum vitae including publication list and creative projects/professional practice; a statement of teaching and research interests, relevant to the discipline of Design; a statement describing vision for the CLTC and leadership experience, including fundraising; the names and addresses (including e-mail and telephone numbers) of five references; an authorization to release form (; and a Statement of Contributions to Diversity that highlights past efforts to encourage diversity (, which may include description of previous activities mentoring women, minorities, students with disabilities, or other under-represented groups, and proven past commitment to improving access to higher education for disadvantaged students.

Initial deadline for review of applications begins April 14, 2021, and the search continues until the position is filled; start date of March 1, 2022.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all finalists for tenured positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant/associate/full professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for positions with tenure or security of employment will be subject to reference checks.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

About UC Davis:

Fostering a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and is centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 5-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal in 2018, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation’s best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs. UC Davis is a global leader in solving problems related to energy and energy efficiency, transportation, water and land use, air and water quality, agricultural practices, endangered and invasive plants and animals, climate change, resource economics, information technology, and human society and culture.

UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments and Work-Life Program.

Inquiries prior to application due date should be directed to:

Professor Simon Sadler,
Chair, Department of Design
University of California at Davis
Davis, CA 95616

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. including publication list and creative projects/professional practice

  • Statement of Research and Teaching interests relevant to the discipline of Design

  • Statement describing vision for the CLTC and leadership experience, including fundraising

  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are selected as the final candidate. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form:

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Miscellaneous materials (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 5 required (contact information only)

Job location

Davis, CA