Assistant Professor of Materials Science

University of California Berkeley

United States

Assistant Professor of Materials Science

Job #JPF04116
  • Materials Science & Engineering / College of Engineering / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Salary range: The posted UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position: The current base salary range for this position is $99,100–$124,300. "Off-scale salaries" and other components of pay, which would yield compensation that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Anticipated start: 7/1/2024

Application Window

Open date: September 24, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Dec 4, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Dec 4, 2023 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

University of California at Berkeley
Department of Material Science and Engineering
Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position, in the area of Disruptive Structural Materials, with an expected start date of July 1, 2024. Outstanding candidates should demonstrate the potential to build a world-class research program in materials science and engineering with a focus on structural materials that could impact fields such as energy conversion, sustainable production and recycling, transportation (including terrestrial, aeronautic and astronautic), and infrastructure. Candidates should demonstrate how emerging methods of research that take advantage of data-science approaches to design, characterize, and utilize new classes of materials have the potential to be disruptive in the technological applications listed above, provided the science base can be established to advance our understanding of the mechanisms underlying their mechanical behavior and environmental stability. Successful candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to education and mentorship of students, to equity and inclusion, and to service to the campus and the materials science and engineering profession worldwide.

The University of California, Berkeley and the Materials Science and Engineering department are committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit:

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A PhD (or equivalent international degree) or being enrolled in PhD (or equivalent international degree) granting program at the time of application is required.

Preferred qualifications

The candidate will demonstrate the potential for collaborative, interdisciplinary research within the broad material science and engineering community at UC Berkeley and will contribute to advancing the education mission of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering through teaching and student mentorship. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of (i) potential to build a world-class research program in materials science and engineering with a focus on disruptive structural materials, (ii) commitment to education and mentorship of students, (iii) commitment to equity and inclusion, and (iv) commitment to service to the campus and the materials science and engineering profession worldwide. To learn more about our department please visit

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - 3 page limit

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Interests

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley. More Information and guidelines.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

When submitting the required documentation, please note that we are requesting the contact details for 3
references (Letters of reference will be solicited by the department chair for candidates selected for
serious consideration during initial screening. We will notify you before doing so).

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Campus Information

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

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

Berkeley, CA

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