CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Faculty Position at the Department of Electronic Engineering,

Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Campus San Joaquín, Santiago, Chile

This call is aimed at filling 1 (one) full-time faculty position for the Department of Electronic Engineering at Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM) in the field of Telematics (Code 18-04-50). Telematics Engineering at UTFSM is a professional career that has been implemented since 2003 to provide the knowledge needed to conceive, design, implement and operate all kinds of telecommunication networks, as well as knowledge of network security mechanisms, data transmission, protocols, services, and applications.

The successful candidate is expected to be a competent and highly motivated academic who will contribute to teaching in undergraduate and graduate (Master and Doctorate) programs, to do research, and to participate in innovation activities. The willingness of the candidate to perform theoretical and experimental teaching and experience in projects of multidisciplinary basic and applied research is particularly encouraged.

Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria (UTFSM)was the first Latin American university to offer a doctoral program in Engineering (since 1962) and has a strong emphasis on research and on scientific as well as technological higher education. It is currently ranked top in Latin America in terms of citations at the Latin American Times Higher Education (THE) ranking. In fact, according to THE, UTFSM has consistently ranked among the top three engineering schools of the country, achieving first place nationally in years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, second place in Latin America in 2014, 3rd in Latin America in 2015 and 2016. Also, UTFSMhas been number 1 in Latin America in research impact factor by SIR Iberoamerica, Scimago ranking in several opportunities.

In Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UTFSMwas ranked number one in Latin America at the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities for years 2016 and 2017, and in the range 101 to 150 worldwide (http://www.shanghairanking.com/Shanghairanking-Subject-Rankings/electrical-electronic-engineering.html). Also, in the 2017 QS World University indicator in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, USM ranked 2nd place in Chile.

Benefits: UTFSM offers an attractive starting salary, between 47,000 and 61,000 USD per year, depending on initial academic evaluation1. Additional benefits include free lunch, supplemental health insurance and incentives for publications in Web of Science indexed journals. Additional economic incentives are possible, if the candidate has been granted a research project funded by the national scientific research agency CONICYT.

Responsibilities:The successful candidate is expected to contribute to teaching in undergraduate and graduate (Master and Doctorate) programs and to exhibit research and innovation capabilities. Aperformance agreementwill be established for an interim period of two years, establishingteaching and researchgoalsto be achieved in that period.If necessary, the interim agreement will also provide a Spanish language-training program, to achieve language proficiency for teaching purposes. Fulfilling the agreement goals will enable the candidate to participate as a tenure track.

Candidates with specialization in one of the following areas are highly desirable: analysis of performance and design of Telecommunication Systems, both cordless and wireless (layers ISO/OSI 3-7); administration of platforms and network services; security of information; development of services and applications in the information and communication technologies; however, other Information Technology and Telecommunications occupational areas will also be considered.

The successful candidate will be working in the implementation of Telematics Engineering in the San Joaquín Campus of UTFSM in Santiago, starting 2019. This Campus can be reached easily by the Public Transportation System, that is Metro train and Buses. He must show a willingness to travel to the Valparaiso Campus, to interact with colleagues and students from this location and teach at least one course per semester at this location in the first year. He will be joined by a staff consisting of an increasing number of professors from the main Campus and new hires in the years to come.

Application requirements

Candidates may be Chilean or foreign nationals, in possession of a doctoral degree. They must also meet the following additional requirements:

  1. The trajectory and expertise of the candidate must be consistent with the teaching and research duties in the fields advertised.
  2. To have teaching abilities and to be willing to teach at undergraduate level (theoretical and experimental).
  3. To be willing to participate in training programs aimed at the use of modern educational methodologies and also in the planning of the engineering education curriculum.
  4. Exhibit demonstrable results in the creation of knowledge, through publications in ISI indexed journals, international conferences or patents.
  5. Writing and speaking proficiency in English, and basic Spanish. Applicants not fluent in Spanish should show willingness to acquire within two-year sufficient proficiency to be able to teach and interact with students.

Documentation that must be included in the application

  1. Curriculum Vitae.
  2. Formulation of a personal proposal for academic development in research and teaching.
  3. Undergraduate and graduate grade transcripts.
  4. Certificates of diplomas and degrees.
  5. Contact information (postal and email) of two senior academics who are willing to provide academic and personal references. One of the referees should be the Ph.D. thesis advisor. These references will be requested directly by the Head of the Department of Electronic Engineering,

Selection Procedure

The Department of Electronic Engineering will select candidates for a shortlist of each available position, who will be interviewed by a Selection Committee. All those in the shortlists should present a public lecture on a topic chosen in agreement between the applicant and the Department (via video-conference if a visit to UTFSM cannot be arranged). The Selection Committee will then rank these candidates, for the University authority to make the final decision.

Submission of Applications and Important Dates

Applications should be sent in electronic format to: concursos.elo@usm.cl, sendinga copy to: postulaciones.rrhh@usm.cl. The subject of the message should include the position code 18-04-50.

Application Deadline: November 30th, 2018

Preliminary Selection (shortlist) will be informed by: December 15th, 2018

The selected candidate could fill the position starting as soon as possible, according to his availability, preferablybefore January 1st, 2019.

Additional information

The Electronic Engineering Department of UTFSM is located at theMain Campus of the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, inValparaíso, Chile. Valparaisois a major city, seaport and university center as well as an important touristic attraction, being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Chile's cultural capital. It is located at a 120 km distance from Santiago, the capital of Chile. In fact, Santiago, after becoming Chile’s leading tourist destination in 2016, has recently experienced admiration and love by the international media. The Chilean capital has captured the spotlight thanks to its beautiful landscapes, broad range of tourist-friendly activities and fantastic business centers even ranking above such regional icons as Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro in 20162.According to the United Nations Development Programme, Chileis one of South America's most stable and prosperous nations, leading Latin American nations in human development3, competitiveness, income per capita, globalization and economic freedom. Since July 2013, Chile is considered by the World Bank as a "high-income economy", and hence as a developed country4.

Activities of the Department of Electronic Engineering are described at the websites: www.elo.utfsm.cland www.telematica.utfsm.cl. General information on the University and on the city of Valparaiso and surroundings can be found in http://www.oai.utfsm.cl/en/usm. Further questions are welcome and can be formulated to: concursos.elo@usm.cl.