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Assistant Professor - Electrical Engineering - AY 23/24

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Engineering

Assistant Professor - Electrical Engineering


The Electrical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo invites applications for three academic year, tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level in Electrical Engineering. The positions will start in Fall 2023.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: (a) teaching undergraduate classes and laboratories in electrical engineering in general as well as graduate courses in an area of specialization. The ability to teach courses in more than one sub-specialty is preferred; (b) supervising undergraduate and graduate-level research; (c) developing and maintaining externally-funded research programs; (d) collaborating with other faculty on curricular, research and professional development interests; (e) engaging in activities related to service in the form of student club advising, curriculum development, and shared governance.

Candidates with demonstrated experience in any the following technical areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Modern Wireless/Digital Communications
  • Digital, Analog, and Mixed-Signal Electronics
  • VLSI and Digital Electronics
  • Cyber-Physical Systems including Control Systems and Robotics

Salary commensurate with education and experience of the individual selected. Anticipated hiring range: $96,408 – $107,000 per year

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees, and our community.  Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences, and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.  Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention.  California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

The Cal Poly College of Engineering strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), especially in the classroom and among its areas of study. This position is part of a college-wide cluster of searches designed to promote inclusive and equity-minded teaching strategies as well as increase curricular coverage of the intersection of engineering and computing with societal challenges, particularly around DEI issues. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the college’s goals in these areas.

The cluster hire searches are for positions in the following disciplines:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science/ Software Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

In addition to the standard new faculty support, candidates selected through this DEI cluster hire will be given additional start-up funds to support their work in DEI. Once hired, candidates will collaborate with their dean and others to develop a plan for utilizing these funds.


Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or closely related field by the time of appointment and are expected to demonstrate a commitment to, or potential for, teaching excellence and scholarly activity at the university level.

Candidates must have expertise in one of the desired fields and demonstrate this through peer reviewed publications in journals and/or conferences. Cal Poly is committed to the teacher-scholar model. As teachers, all faculty members are expected to exhibit strong pedagogic skills and to remain proficient and current in their disciplines. As scholars, faculty members are expected to maintain competency in their field and enhance the vitality of our programs through undergraduate and master’s level research. As colleagues, it is expected that every faculty member performs service activities at all levels of the University.

An ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with students, faculty, staff, and administration from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds is essential.

The ideal candidate will show evidence of attention to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion across their teaching, scholarship, and service.

Applicants must submit a diversity statement which focuses on evidence of the applicant’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a description of how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly. Potential topics may include but are not limited to: implementing inclusive classroom environments, the intersection of DEI in your research/scholarship, mentoring students with diverse backgrounds, outreach to under-represented student populations, implementing bias mitigation and previous professional development in diversity and inclusion topics.



1. Preference will be given to candidates with: Demonstrated excellence in university level teaching and research, experience with laboratory-based instruction, and willingness to teach in multiple areas of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. The candidate is expected to be driven with a passion for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as be engaged in scholarship. Prior engineering industry experience and professional licensure is preferable, but not required.

2. Significant experience in working with underrepresented students in research, teaching, service, advising, mentoring or community engagement.

Cal Poly’s College of Engineering is committed to creating and sustaining an equitable, diverse and inclusive community. Applicants must submit a diversity statement which focuses on evidence of the applicant’s ability to support a diverse and inclusive environment including topics such as implementing inclusive classroom environments, mentoring students with diverse backgrounds, outreach to under-represented student populations, implementing bias mitigation and previous professional development in diversity and inclusion topics.

Preference will be given to those who can show evidence of working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment.


The 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.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. NOTE: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

Faculty employees who wish to apply for permanent residency will be responsible for retaining an immigration attorney. All filing and attorney's fees will be incurred by the faculty member.

For health and wellbeing, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community. 

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and questions may be sent to

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU related work outside of California.


As a premier comprehensive polytechnic university, Cal Poly is ranked as the best public master's university in the western U.S., while its Electrical Engineering program is also ranked as one of the best public master's level programs in the United States.  The program has a strong focus on undergraduate and master's level education through a laboratory intensive, hands-on curriculum. Our tenured, tenure-track, and lecturer/adjunct faculty are dedicated engineers with a passion for teaching, innovative applied research, interacting with students, and advising student club activities.

For more information about the department, please visit

Cal Poly offers generous benefits for our faculty which can be found here:

Cal Poly is family friendly, offering parental leave, dependent care FSAs and an on-campus children’s center (


Interested applicants should complete the required online faculty application at and submit to Job #519108

Candidates must submit (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement on teaching, (4) a statement on research, (5) a statement on diversity as described in the preferred qualifications section above, (6) evidence of successful teaching and (7) copies of unofficial transcripts (official required before start of appointment). Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application.

Review of applications will begin January 10th, 2023. Applications received after this date may be considered.

For questions, please contact Dr. Dale Dolan at

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