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Combustion in Urban and Wildland Fires Assistant Professor

Position overview

Salary range: “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. A reasonable estimated salary range for this position is $121,600- $131,300, inclusive of the salary scale and off-scale salary components.

Application Window

Open date: August 27, 2023

Next review date: Wednesday, Nov 15, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Jan 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 Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering seeks candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position with expertise in research related to Combustion in Urban and Wildland Fires, e.g., fire prevention, fire extinguishment, material flammability, fire propagation, pollutant formation and transport, and modeling of phenomena such as fire whirls and effects of turbulence on fires. This search is a part of UC Davis’ commitment to hiring leading research faculty with a strong commitment to teaching, research, and service that addresses the needs of our increasingly diverse state, industry, faculty, and student populations.

The Department already has strong faculty members in combustion who have made contributions in several areas including turbulent combustion, low gravity combustion, low gravity fire safety, liquid fuel combustion, fuel synthesis, and combustion synthesis. There is also significant expertise outside the Department related to fires, e.g., wildfire mitigation for built environment and infrastructure. Due to the increasing incidence and scale of fire in urban and wildland settings, the College of Engineering has developed one position at the Assistant Professor level. The existing cohort of faculty within the Department, and also in other departments on campus, will provide opportunities for the successful candidate to collaborate and build synergies to shape the future of addressing the challenges of urban and wildland fires in California and beyond.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent, or have advanced to candidacy for the PhD degree or equivalent, in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field. Applications are encouraged from candidates with a strong background in any current or emerging area that is relevant to combustion in urban and wildland fires. We are particularly interested in candidates who use their creativity, engineering skills, and leadership to collaboratively discover solutions to difficult challenges in combustion in urban and wildland fires and who can foster innovation in this field.

The current teaching expectation in the Department is three courses per academic year. These courses will include material in the successful candidate’s area of expertise for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as core and elective undergraduate and graduate courses, and the development of new courses, as necessary. The new Diane Bryant Engineering Student Design Center offers outstanding opportunities for fabrication of specialized research apparatus. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to promote the professional development of graduate students in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs through high-quality mentoring that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education. Applicant’s record of engagement and activities related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• PhD or equivalent degree, or advanced to candidacy, in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or related fields is required and must be conferred prior to the earliest date of hire (July 1, 2024).

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Applicant must have earned a PhD or equivalent in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field by date of hire.

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

• Evidence of excellence or strong potential for excellence in research that complements or extends existing research strengths in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the potential to attract extramural funding.
• A record of technical excellence in one or more sub-topics of Combustion in Urban and Wildland Fires, as evidenced by published research, teaching experience, and participation in funded collaboration with the U.S. or international industry and/or government agencies.
• Commitment to excellence in teaching. The candidate must demonstrate evidence of ability or potential to perform well at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and to develop and teach new undergraduate and graduate courses or seminars.
• Evidence of commitment to or strong potential for commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities.

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