Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

University of California Davis

United States

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

Job #JPF05898

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 18, 2023

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

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 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 Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis, invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position in water resources engineering at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of Fall 2024. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a significant independent research program to advance systems engineering methods for water resources planning and management. The candidate will also contribute to collaborative efforts of the faculty and seek opportunities to support science-based policy in the water area. Research themes of special interest include, but are not limited to: integrated surface and groundwater management, water transfers and markets, optimization and risk, remote sensing of water resources, ecosystem restoration, and water infrastructure resilience and sustainability in a changing climate.

This position supports the College of Engineering Next Level Strategic Vision to strengthen climate resilience through intelligent systems providing sustainable allocation of water resources. Applicants should demonstrate interest and ability in contributing to the teaching and mentoring missions of the department at the undergraduate and graduate level. The successful candidate will also demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of historically underrepresented groups in higher education, as well as intent to support diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and service.

UC Davis is the 9th-ranked Civil Engineering program in the U.S. and has a strong history of impactful research in the water resources area. The CEE department includes 38 faculty and 180 graduate students and obtained $16.7M in research funding in 2022 The water resources program within the department is a dynamic and innovative group with established strengths in hydrology, hydraulics, contaminant and sediment transport, land-water-atmosphere interactions, aquatic chemistry, and reservoir control. The program integrates numerical, laboratory, and field experiments to advance research that spans fundamental science and application. These capabilities are complemented by water-related research centers across campus. In particular, the Center for Watershed Sciences is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of critical water challenges, combining quantitative analysis from biologists, geologists, engineers, economists, legal scholars and others to help understand and solve California's complex water problems. Additional affiliated research centers include the Jaime Amorocho Hydraulics Laboratory (JAHL) and the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC).

UC Davis is a tier-one research university and has a strong history of engaging in teaching, research, and service for the greater public good as a land grant institution. The College of Engineering has an exciting Next Level Strategic Research Vision with major pillars for research, education, and community that can be found here.

Appointment will be as an academic year (9-month) Assistant Professor, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications. Details of the ladder rank system can be found here. “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.

Basic Qualifications required at the time of application include: PhD in Civil Engineering or a closely related field, or have advanced to candidacy in a PhD program in Civil Engineering or a closely related field.

Applicants must have earned a PhD in Civil Engineering or a closely related field by the time of hire. Participation in department, college, and university service as a member of the UC Davis Division of the Academic Senate is an expectation under the faculty shared governance model.

Application Requirements:

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2023, but applications may be accepted until the position is filled. E-mail inquiries may be addressed to

Applications must include: Curriculum Vitae; Cover Letter (1 page); Statement of Research; Statement of Teaching; Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; 3 selected publications; and the contact information of 3 references who may be contacted to provide a letter upon submission of the application.

Guidance to candidates on how to prepare DEI statements is available here. Guidance on preparing research statements is here and on teaching statements here.

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 first-choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor, Steps 4, 5, or 6 through Professor, Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6 through Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment, and Acting Professor of Law through Professor of Law 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 these faculty positions 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 these faculty positions will be subject to reference checks.

Applicants should submit materials online at:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • PhD in Civil Engineering or a closely related field, or have advanced to candidacy in a PhD program in Civil Engineering or a closely related field
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering or a closely related field
  • Excellence in research, demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications, that complements or extends existing strengths in the department and the university as a whole
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Evidence or strong potential for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and service
  • Applicants must have earned a PhD or equivalent in Civil Engineering or a closely related field by date of hire
Preferred qualifications
  • Strong evidence of ability to develop and manage extramural research funding
  • Demonstrated excellence in student mentoring, advising, and teaching of water resources engineering.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and eagerness to collaborate in a collegial team atmosphere
  • Interest in building relationships with federal, state, and local agencies to support science-based policy

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - The cover letter should be no more than one page.

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • 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.

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

  • Publication #1

  • Publication #2

  • Publication #3

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Contact information of 3 individuals may be contacted to provide a letter upon submission of the application.

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We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at:

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Davis, CA

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