Assistant Professor Positions in STEM

University of San Diego in California

Date Posted December 2, 2013
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

The University of San Diego (USD) invites applications for a cluster of new Assistant Professor positions in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and/or Social Sciences associated with a funded National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant initiative ( The positions will begin in September 2014 and may be housed in one or more of the following departments:
Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Marine Science and Environmental Studies, Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics, Sociology or the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.

It is anticipated that these faculty members will work as an interdisciplinary cluster to build opportunities for faculty/student collaborations and promote interdisciplinary strength within the undergraduate core curriculum. We endeavor to build a cohort of teacher-scholars who will offer a strong contribution to the diversity and excellence of USD through teaching, scholarship, service and collaboration.

The Mathematics and Computer Science Department invites candidates with a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, statistics, or mathematics with experience in applications, who can help us build connections with other disciplines and with industry. We also are interested in candidates with a Ph.D. in computer science or related field, who can help us build similar connections.

The Physics Department encourages applications from candidates with expertise in Biophysics, as well as those with experimental expertise in Condensed Matter, Quantum Information and Quantum Computing, or related fields.

The Marine Science and Environmental Studies Department is seeking faculty with expertise primarily in the Physical Sciences with particular emphasis in one of the following disciplines: Geology, environmental geochemistry, GIS, physical oceanography, coastal processes, water resources, water quality, coastal geomorphology, or coastal ecology. Faculty are expected to teach lower division courses in preparation for the majors and specialty upper division courses balanced by active research incorporating undergraduate and Master’s students.

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department applicants are expected to have earned a doctorate in chemistry or a related field, and candidates with interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research are encouraged to apply. Whereas the research specialization is open to all chemistry related disciplines, applicants with interests in chemical education, computational chemistry or materials would contribute synergistically to existing department expertise. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate education; will teach undergraduate level lecture and laboratory courses (both introductory and advanced) and specialized courses in the field of expertise; and is expected to establish a vigorous externally funded undergraduate research program.

The Biology Department is seeking a Cell Biologist who has interdisciplinary connections with other STEM or social science disciplines, and who could offer courses in his or her specialty as well as non-majors courses in neurobiology or human biology.

The Sociology Department encourages applications from candidates in interdisciplinary areas that dovetail with STEM, specifically public health and sociology of science/technology. We are also interested in individuals who can teach undergraduate courses in quantitative methods.

The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering encourages applications from candidates with expertise in electrical, mechanical, or industrial & systems engineering and/or engineering education.

The successful candidates will:
Hold a Ph.D. in a STEM or social science discipline, and Have demonstrated a commitment to teaching and research, mentoring undergraduates, and fostering a climate of inclusion and diversity.

To apply, go to and click on job IRC12388. Register as an applicant. Please upload by January 15th to this web site:

Your curriculum vitae.
Statement of teaching philosophy.
Your research statement/plans.
A statement addressing the following:
How do you envision yourself working as part of an interdisciplinary cohort?
How will you promote interdisciplinary collaborations in the undergraduate curriculum?
Explain your approach to, and experience with, mentoring female students and students from under-represented backgrounds.
Have four recommenders submit letters of recommendation to by the deadline. At least one of the recommendation letters should specifically address teaching and one should specifically address your track record in terms of mentoring female students and students from under-represented backgrounds.

USD is an AA/EOE employer and is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment.

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