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Assistant Professor

College of Engineering

The Civil Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for two full-time tenure-track positions in the area of Geotechnical Engineering and Structural Engineering at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2018. The new hires will complement existing departmental strengths in geotechnical and structural engineering. The successful candidate will contribute to the Department's undergraduate and graduate programs. The CE Department currently has 25 full-time faculty members who serve approximately about 1500 undergraduate and graduate students.

The Position

Geotechnical Engineering: We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated strengths in the broad areas of analytical and numerical modeling and/or geotechnical earthquake engineering, with interest in seismic hazard analysis, earthquake induced ground motions and the dynamic and seismic properties of soils. The successful candidate should be also capable of leading teaching and research in one or more of the following areas: advanced soil mechanics, sensing and instrumentation technology, novel foundation systems, geo-environmental engineering, tunnel engineering, multi-scale, multi-physics and computational modeling of geotechnical systems.


Structural Engineering: We are seeking a candidate who demonstrates a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching and research and possesses core strength in seismic hazard and risk analysis, performance assessment of civil structures, and/or computational modeling and testing of structural components and materials. The successful candidate is expected to develop research or applied research projects and to contribute to teaching in the broad areas of structural engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.   

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Geotechnical or Structural Engineering, or a closely aligned field from an accredited university by June 2018
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching and research
  • A minimum of one year of post-baccalaureate professional civil engineering work experience
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse students and community populations

Preferred/Desired Qualifications

  • Teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • Demonstrated ability to develop lecture and laboratory curriculum
  • Demonstrated ability to develop research projects and/or in developing industry contacts
  • Experience with contracts and grants for applied research projects
  • Demonstrated ability to be responsive to the educational equity goals of the university and its increasing ethnic diversity and international character
  • Licensed as a Professional Engineer in the United States

Application Procedure

A completed application will consist of:

  • A cover letter that describes the candidate’s teaching and research experience and interests, and addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description;
  • A statement of teaching philosophy;
  • A statement of student success philosophy;
  • A curriculum vitae comprised of elements specified on the application form, including the names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five individuals who can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in this position;
  • A list of courses the candidate is prepared to teach, courses they can teach with some additional preparation, and courses they would like to develop;
  • A completed application form (available at A transcript showing the highest degree earned (an official transcript will be required of finalists); and
  • Three recent letters of reference (required for finalists). 

Each applicant should apply for a specific position out of the two positions. Full consideration will be given to applications received by January 15, 2018. Applications received after that date may be considered until positions are filled. It is anticipated that the appointment will begin Fall 2018.

Please address all nominations, inquiries, requests for application forms, and application materials to:


Faculty Search Committee

Civil Engineering Department c/o Dr. Lisa Wang

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

3801 W. Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768,

Phone: (909) 869-2488,

FAX (909) 869-4342.

About the University

Cal Poly Pomona, one of two polytechnic universities in California, is a member of the 23-campus California State University system. Our student population of approximately 23,000 enrolls in 51 baccalaureate, 30 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership, presented by 1,200 faculty. We recruit successful and career-focused students from throughout California and beyond. We are proud of our status as a Hispanic Serving Institution. We have a strong commitment to supporting scholarship, research, and student achievement. Our scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg, is located about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Southern California is one of the most dynamic economic and cultural environments in the country, and the campus is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains, and desert. The university is committed to diversifying its faculty and staff and has made educational equity one of its highest priorities. The mission of the university is to advance learning and knowledge by linking theory and practice in all disciplines, and to prepare students for lifelong learning, leadership, and careers in a changing, multicultural world.  

About the College

As one of only eight polytechnic universities in the US, the College of Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona is committed to a top-notch engineering education, with the university’s “learn-by-doing philosophy,” The College of Engineering is the 17th largest engineering school in the nation, and is ranked as one of the best public undergraduate engineering colleges in the nation. The College has had over fifty-five years of success in producing over 25,000 workforce ready engineers and engineering technologists. Our graduates are working throughout California and the nation to meet increasingly complex technical and socio-economic challenges posed by the ever-growing global economy.

About the Department

The Civil Engineering Department strives to be a leader in polytechnic education, where hands-on learning is the foundation of a broad-based educational experience. The Civil Engineering undergraduate program, one of the largest undergraduate programs in the nation in terms of student enrollment, currently has approximately 1300 students and 200 graduate students. The success of our undergraduate and graduate programs results from the solid curriculum that incorporates theory and practice in a learning-centered environment. Students are provided with opportunities to apply their knowledge in hands-on projects, collaborate with faculty members on research, and participate in valuable internships and service-learning programs.

Equal Opportunity Employer

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.  Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status.  The University hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the Unites States.  As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university’s annual security report is available a person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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