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Computer Science and Engineering: Assistant and Associate Professor, Storage and Databases

University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Closing date
Feb 4, 2024

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The Department of Computer Science and Engineering ( and-engineering) at the University of California, Santa Cruz invites applications for positions at the ranks of Assistant and Associate Professor. We seek to hire up to two candidates with a background in computer science and engineering, with a particular focus on storage systems and/or databases. We are especially interested in candidates who can collaborate within the department and across the university.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) is part of the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. UC Santa Cruz is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an association of the top research universities in the US. Baskin Engineering is home to six departments contributing to the richness of its research in materials; devices and instruments; engineering mathematics; computing; and health engineering. The CSE Department has nationally and internationally known researchers in theoretical computer science, programming languages, security, distributed systems, storage systems, computer architectures, machine learning, natural language processing, vision, VLSI, and networking. Nestled in a redwood forest above the city of Santa Cruz and close to Silicon Valley, our beautiful residential campus has a rich history of embracing groundbreaking interdisciplinary work and building deep research ties with the local high-tech industry. Our proximity to Silicon Valley, including a second campus in Santa Clara, affords unique and exciting opportunities for collaboration with industry researchers, as well as with faculty and students at other San Francisco Bay Area universities.

The successful candidates are expected to develop a research program, advise graduate students in their research area, obtain external funding, develop and teach courses within the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, perform university, public and professional service, and interact broadly with the large number of researchers in Silicon Valley industrial research and advanced development labs.

UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and is committed to hiring faculty who will work to promote these values. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the forefront of our path to excellence in Baskin Engineering. The successful candidates must be able to work with students, faculty, and staff from various social and cultural backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientations.

A minority-serving institution (MSI) with a high proportion of first-in-family students, UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), a member of the Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Research Universities (HRSU), a member of the Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions (CAHSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and a member of several leading affinity professional societies, including the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). To be considered, candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the barriers facing women, people of color, and other groups historically underrepresented in engineering, as well as describe their experience and future plans to promote equity and inclusion in teaching, mentoring, and research, and in broadening participation in engineering. Application packages will be considered with a view toward potential as well as achievement. DEI statements will be read and scored as part of a holistic assessment throughout the review process. Efforts supporting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important during the merit review and promotion process. The selected candidates will receive a start-up package that includes funding in support of furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)

Department of Computer Science and Engineering:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Computer Science or a relevant field; a demonstrated record of research. For the Assistant Professor rank, it is expected that the degree requirements will be completed by June 30, 2025.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

• Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position

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

• Selected Publication (1 of 2 required)

• Selected Publication (2 of 2 required)

• Selected Publication (1 optional) (Optional)

• Research Statement

• Teaching Statement

• Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing historically underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.

Reference requirements

• 3-5 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted). Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

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About UC Santa Cruz

The University of California 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. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

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 UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at (831) 459-4602.

UCSC is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website at to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution.

The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit

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.

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