Professor and Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)

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Position overview

Position title: Associate Professor or Full Professor
Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at
appointment. See Table 1 for the salary range. A reasonable estimate for this position is $ 120,000-$500,000. “Offscale salaries”, i.e. a salary that is higher than the published system-wide minimum salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024

Application Window

Open date: January 18, 2024

Next review date: Sunday, Mar 31, 2024 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 University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) invites applications for the position of Professor and Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2024.

The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) is an integrated research and discovery facility with locations at UC Santa Barbara and UCLA. As one of four California Institutes for Science and Innovation (Cal-ISI), the CNSI builds on a visionary investment by the State of California in future education, research, and technological innovation. The mission of the Institute is to create an inclusive, collaborative, closely integrated, and strongly interactive environment that will foster innovation in nanosystems research, educate the next generation of diverse leaders in science and engineering, and bring scientific and technological innovation into the economy and society. The CNSI is housed in the picturesque Elings Hall and boasts 61,000 sq ft. of laboratory, administrative, and classroom space.

The successful candidate is expected to advance the research enterprise at CNSI across a broad front of activities while continuing their own internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program, mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, participating in ongoing teaching programs, and participating in other university service and professional activities. Candidates with research backgrounds in experimental science in fields such as condensed matter physics, material science, chemistry, quantum information science, electrical and computer engineering, and related fields are encouraged to apply. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.

As the CNSI Director, the candidate is expected to foster innovation in nanosystems research, promote collaboration between academia and industry, oversee resource allocation, and ensure compliance with institutional policies. The CNSI Director has primary responsibility for the overall management, performance, and impact of the institute including budgets, academic and industry programs at all campuses participating in the institute. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a world-class team of scientists and drive scientific and technological innovation for the benefit of the University and the State of California. The Director will have a permanently tenured faculty position in an appropriate academic department(s) at UCSB.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent) in a science or engineering field at the time of application

Preferred qualifications

Extensive experience in leading and managing large-scale research institutes or comparable organizations with the ability to align institute activities with broader university initiatives and objectives.

Applicants with an exceptional record of research and professional activity with a tenured appointment.

Demonstrated teaching and mentoring experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Please submit a complete CV including full publication, funding, and mentorship records

  • Statement of Research - Describe your key research accomplishments and your vision for a research program at UC Santa Barbara (3 page limit)

  • Statement of Teaching and Mentorship - Describe your pedagogical values and teaching methods as well as your record of mentorship (2 page limit)

  • Statement of Administrative Experience and Vision for Innovation in Nanosystems Research - Describe your key prior administrative accomplishments and your vision for the future of the California Nanosystems Institute (3 page limit)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service (2 page limit)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Applicants should provide the names and contact information for 3 references. Applicants who advance to the shortlist will have their references contacted by the committee.

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About UC Santa Barbara

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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA

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