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Assistant Professor in Management of Complex Systems

Recruitment Period

Open October 5th, 2018 through Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public - private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced has also built the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

UC Merced invites applications for one tenure track faculty position in the Department of Management of Complex Systems. We seek scholars who can contribute to the cross-functional research environment at UC Merced. We are particularly interested in individuals with interests and expertise in sustainability, natural resource management or lands management, and with applications for profit and non-profit enterprises and/or public entities. Exceptional candidates in areas such as wildfire science and management, urban sustainability, city planning, green infrastructure, natural hazards, institutions, life cycle analysis, disaster response, human dimensions of natural resource management, adaptation, resilience, wildland-urban interface, impact assessment, protected areas, the water-carbon-energy nexus, data analytics and complexity, and other innovative and relevant application areas are also encouraged to apply. Competitive candidates will have an interest in creating new programs, particularly interdisciplinary programs in management-related areas. Demonstrated or strong potential for excellence in scholarship and teaching, and Postdoctoral or teaching experience is preferred. We encourage applications from candidates who have cross-functional or multi-disciplinary research interests.

Requirements: a Ph.D. in one of the academic fields of management, environmental science, ecology, climatology, geography, fire science, computer science, cognitive science, organizational theory, or another relevant field, and evidence of or potential for high-quality teaching and research are necessary.

We are particularly interested in attracting academically and culturally diverse candidates, especially those who can contribute to the growing diversity and excellence of the community through their teaching, scholarship, and service.

Salary is negotiable based on the University of California salary scales.

Positions are open until filled; consideration of applications will begin on December 1, 2018. Anticipated start date for the position is July 1, 2019.

Interested applicants must include (1) a cover letter stating area of interest, (2) curriculum vitae (3) research statement, (4) teaching statement, (5) diversity statement, and (5) five letters of reference submitted online. After an application is submitted, the letters of reference should be electronically uploaded by the letter writers (instructions will be provided by the application system)..

Guidance on what to include in a diversity statement may be found here.

The University of California, Merced is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, students and staff. The University is supportive of dual career couples. Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC academic salary scales.

Job location

Merced, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 5 required (contact information only)

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