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Assistant professor
at University of California Berkeley

University of California Berkeley is seeking an assistant professor in structural design and building technology to join its department of architecture in Berkeley, USA.

Position overview

The current base salary range for this position is $74,600-97,200. The posted UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the table(s) linked for the current salary scale(s) for this position. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, which would yield compensation that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

Anticipated start: 1 July 2024

Open date: 31 August 2023

Next review date: Wednesday 25 Oct 2023 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time; apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday 25 Oct 2023 at 11:59 pm 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 Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor with concentration in structural design and building technology beginning Fall 2024.

Creating safe, resilient, sustainable and structurally innovative buildings is an essential part of architectural education and practice. Incorporating these principles into the design and engineering of structures and/or facades will play an even more important role in the future as our built environment is increasingly transformed by social, economic and environmental impacts. To continue our long tradition of excellence in the area of building science, technology and sustainability (BSTS), the department of architecture seeks exceptional candidates whose creative work, professional experience, research and teaching focus on structural design and innovation, with an aim towards addressing important environmental and social issues of concern such as minimising waste and embodied or operational carbon emissions, optimising material use, enhancing durability and adaptability, exploring new construction typologies, improving life cycle performance and enriching the environmental quality and experience for inhabitants. Research may focus on any phase of the building life cycle, from overall building design, structural concept, material selection, construction processes, occupancy and performance monitoring, maintenance and reuse to deconstruction and recycling. The department is seeking applicants with experience in or strong potential for developing funded research collaborations. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate outstanding scholarship, teaching and communication skills, and have an ability to integrate technical knowledge into architectural design. Responsibilities of the position include teaching an introductory lecture course on structural design at the undergraduate level and advanced graduate-level seminars related to the applicant’s specific area of expertise. The ability and desire to consult on structural and other technical aspects as part of the integrated design studio is also highly desirable. Additional responsibilities may include advising undergraduate, M.Arch, M.S and PhD students as well as providing services to the department, college and university.

The Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley is housed within the College of Environmental Design (CED), along with the departments of landscape architecture and environmental planning, and city and regional planning. Founded in 1959, the CED has long been at the forefront of environmental design education. As the first institution to combine architecture, planning and landscape architecture into a single college, we offer a vigorous cross-disciplinary environment where collaboration and experimentation flourishes. Within this context, the department of architecture’s evolution has been nourished by social, cultural, technological and environmental values, and our geographical setting. Situated on the Pacific Rim at the border with Latin America and facing Asia, California is an urban laboratory that has long been recognised as an area for design research and experimentation. These values are reflected in our innovative teaching, scholarly research, critical design inquiry and discursive practices. Our award-winning faculty bring both broad and deep intellectual diversity to our educational community.

The department of architecture offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, and provides thoughtful and rigorous instruction to 400 undergraduates and 200 graduate students in the M.Arch, M.AAD, M.S and PhD programmes. The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in architecture offers both a liberal arts-oriented and pre-professional education. The Master of Architecture is a professional degree requiring two or three years, depending on the student’s incoming background. The Master of Advanced Architectural Design is a one-year post-professional degree intended for those with a professional degree who wish to continue exploring design issues in an experimental studio setting. The Master of Science and a PhD in architecture are research-based degrees in one of the following areas of study: history, theory and society (HTS) and building science, technology and sustainability (BSTS). For more information on our department and academic programs, please visit our website.

The department is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit here.


  • Basic qualifications required at time of application
  • Masters of architecture, Master of science in engineering or enrolled in Masters or equivalent international degree-granting programme at the time of application

Preferred qualifications:

  • PhD in architecture or engineering or enrolled in PhD or equivalent international degree-granting programme at the time of application

Application requirements

Document requirements:

  • your most recently updated CV
  • statement of interest – a two-to-three-page statement of interest specifying the relevance of the applicant’s experience to the department with a description of research, creative work and teaching
  • statement on contributions to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley; for additional information, please view this link
  • supplementary/teaching portfolio – a digital portfolio (max 50 MB) of teaching material, student work and any other supplementary information
  • work samples including one publication or other scholarly output

Optional documents:

  • portfolio (max 50 MB) of creative work and professional experience in the field of structural design, building technology and sustainability, depending on the background of the applicant; if the portfolio includes collaborative work, include a description of your contribution
  • additional space: portfolio, in case files need to be split; the file must be 50 MB or smaller in size
  • additional space: supplementary/teaching portfolio, in case files need to be split; the file must be 50 MB or smaller in size

Reference requirements:

  • a list of three to five people who can speak to your experience, character and potential; only contact information is required for the initial phase of this search

A help contact is available here.

Campus information

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position,eg. teaching, research and service, as applicable.

The University of California, Berkeley is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see here.

In searches when letters of reference are required, all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (eg. dossier service or career center), to this policy prior to submitting their letter.

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.

To apply, visit this link.

Salary: $74,600 - $97,200
  • Applications have closed.