The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the level of Assistant Professor. For each position, we seek an early career faculty member in communication systems, digital signal processing, and wireless networking, ideally starting in Spring semester 2024. Fall 2024 start will also be considered. Tenure-track faculty members are expected to engage in teaching, research, and service activities.
Who We Are:
The ECE Department at UCCS is relatively small in size; thus, all the tenure-track faculty in the department are expected to teach undergraduate and graduate classes, while simultaneously developing an individual program of research. The College of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) at UCCS offers degrees at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels. The Microelectronics Research Laboratory (MRL) of the ECE Department has a well-equipped 4000 sq. ft. class-100 clean room, with device processing and characterization facilities. The Microwave Measurements Laboratory is able to test EMI from high-power circuits. The High-Capacity Battery Research Laboratory has facilities to test and characterize cells, modules, and battery packs for hybrid and electric vehicles. The undergraduate communications laboratory has recently been upgraded with new 6.5 GHz FieldFox spectrum/network analyzers and waveform generators to augment the wideband digital oscilloscopes.
The ECE department currently has 12 full-time faculty. Visit https://www.uccs.edu/ece/ for more information.
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 9,000 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. UCCS offers 53 undergraduate degree programs, 24 graduate degree programs, and 8 doctoral programs. UCCS is also home to the world’s only Bachelor of InnovationTM program, which allows our graduates to master multi-disciplinary skills and graduate ready to create real change in the world. UCCS was recently classified as a “High Research Activity” university by the Carnegie Foundation and takes pride in being the only higher education institution in southern Colorado that explicitly includes research as part of its mission. We have a strong focus in fueling student success by creating, using, and maintaining a multitude of offices – First Year Experience, Excel Centers, Academic Advising, and the Career Center just to name a few. Overall, UCCS is constantly focused on preparing our students to have success in the future, and we understand that every single employee on our campus has a significant effect on that focus.
The city, which was recently ranked as the number two Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report in 2022, known as Olympic City USA, rests at the base of Pikes Peak, the inspiration for the song “America the Beautiful” and a must-see for residents and visitors alike. The 14,115 foot summit is just one of dozens of area attractions, including scenic trains, museums, parks, a zoo and more. With a mild climate and 247 days of sunshine each year, the Springs boasts some of the state’s best recreation opportunities.
These faculty positions will cover graduate and undergraduate courses in the area of circuits and systems, signal processing, and communication systems. Specific courses include ECE2610: Signals and Systems, ECE 2205/3205: Circuits and Systems I and II, ECE 3610: Engineering Probability and Statistics, ECE 4670: Communication Systems Laboratory, ECE 4625(5625)/4630(5630) Communication Systems I and II, ECE 4650/5650 Modern Digital Signal Processing (DSP), and ECE5685 Wireless Networking and Space communications. In addition, new courses may be developed. Both the positions will introduce new courses depending on curriculum requirements and hands on laboratory development. Both the positions will also be expected to run hands-on communication systems and DSP teaching labs.
These faculty positions will be expected to pursue and attract external funding for their research, maintain a strong and regular publication record, as well as interface their research with the department’s existing strengths in microelectronic circuits, VLSI design, computers, communications/signal processing, and controls.
All tenure track faculty are expected to engage in service activities to support the University, city, state, region, nation and/or professional associations.
The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Work Location: Primarily on-site
Remote work will be available for emergency events. This will be offered based on the emergency and allowance will come from leadership and the guidelines provided at the time of the emergency.
This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
What We Offer:
Salary Range: Generally starting at $92,000 - $96,500 per academic year
The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers excellent benefits, some of which include:
Medical insurance, with the lowest cost option being $0 to the employee
Dental, Vision, Life and Disability insurance
Mandatory retirement plans. Employees contribute 5% of their annual compensation. CU doubles that and contributes 10%
Tuition Assistant Benefit available to you or a dependent
Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of employment
Faculty Housing Assistance Program
Tentative Search Timeline:
Priority will be given to applications submitted by August 31, 2023. However, this posting will remain open until filled.
The potential dates for interviews with the search committee will be the week of September 18, 2023.
The potential dates for interviews with the supervisor and appointing authority will be the week of October 30, 2023.
The potential employee start date is January 8, 2024 or August 19, 2024.
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.
Please note that while the position details both required qualifications as well as preferred qualifications below, we want applicants to be aware that they do not need to have all of the desired skills and experience to be considered for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, have passion for the work, along with experience in a related field, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.
1) A Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering or a closely related field; conferred by date of appointment
2) Specific expertise in communication systems, wireless networks, and digital signal processing obtained through, the area of research (PhD dissertation), educational history (courses taken), or teaching records (courses taught) in all three areas.
3) At least 4 months of teaching experience in an academic setting as a teaching assistant, instructor of record, or the equivalent, teaching students from freshman through senior/graduate technical elective levels in signals and systems, communications theory and practice, digital signal processing, wireless networking related course work, or closely related engineering topics.
4) Experience in designing and/or teaching at least one hands-on lab in any one of these areas, as a teaching assistant, instructor of record, or the equivalent.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and walk. Employee is occasionally required to have long periods of sitting, moderate bending, moderate energy requirements, and fine motor skills.The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.
Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.
Special Instructions to Applicants: · Applications submitted by 8/31/2023 will receive full consideration. · Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. Please apply at cu.edu/cu-careers (job #: 26988). · Official transcripts will be required upon hire