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Assistant Professor Position in Experimental Materials Research

Position overview

Salary range: The salary range for this position is $99,100--$124,300. The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table []. “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.

Application Window

Open date: January 23, 2024

Most recent review date: Thursday, Mar 21, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

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

Assistant Professor Position in Experimental Materials Research at University of California, Irvine

Job Description
The University of California, Irvine (UCI), seeks to fill a faculty position at assistant professor rank in experimental materials science research. The ideal candidate would lead dynamic research in the field of functional materials synthesis and thin film growth with atomic scale control, using techniques such as molecular beam epitaxy, pulsed laser deposition, chemical vapor deposition, sputtering, etc. This position will be located in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

UCI has a vibrant and collaborative research environment in materials science, anchored by the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC,, which is supported by the National Science Foundation. Within this academic milieu, prospective candidates will find plentiful opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration and professional growth.

Over the past decade, UCI has made substantial investments to establish a diverse array of cutting-edge, open-access user facilities, including the world-class Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEMs). These facilities provide state-of-the-art tools and capabilities for characterizing the structure, composition, and functional properties of materials with sub-angstrom spatial resolution. These resources, hosted within the Irvine Materials Research Institute (IMRI,, form a robust and essential foundation for the exploration, comprehension, and application of a wide range of material systems.

The University of California is one of the premier public university systems in the world. UC Irvine is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), is ranked as a top ten public university by U.S. News and World Report, and was identified by the New York Times as No. 1 among U.S. universities that do the most for low-income students. UCI is a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). These federal designations align with UCI’s aspiration to be a national leader and global model of inclusive excellence. We seek faculty who are committed to inclusive excellence as well as diverse faculty who will be role models for our students. UCI is located in Orange County, 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 45 miles south of Los Angeles. Irvine offers a very pleasant year-round climate, numerous recreational and cultural opportunities, and one of the highest-ranked public-school systems in the nation.

Successful candidates should have 1) a doctoral degree in Materials Science and Engineering or related fields 2) a strong and consistent track record of research achievements in functional materials and thin film growth, and 3) demonstrated potential or ability to secure external funding for research endeavors. Candidates should also have the capability and passion to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses and are enthusiastic about mentoring students who pursue advanced academic degrees. Furthermore, candidates are expected to either lead or actively participate in collaborations and outreach initiatives of the MRSEC, their department and the institution.

Application Instructions
Interested candidates are invited to submit, 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statements on research, teaching, and inclusive excellence activities, 4) contact information for three references, 5) three representative research publications.

Please submit your application online at by 2/29/2024. The review of applications will commence immediately after the deadline and will continue until the position is successfully filled.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates should have a doctoral degree in Materials Science and Engineering or related fields

Application Requirements

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Reference requirements
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About UC Irvine

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC anti-discrimination policy.

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

Irvine, CA