CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Faculty Positions at the Department of Electronic Engineering

17 · abril · 2015

Faculty Positions at the Department of Electronic Engineering at   Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM), Valparaíso, Chile

This call is aimed at filling 4 (four) full-time faculty positions for the Department of Electronic Engineering at UTFSM in the field of Computer Engineering (Code 15-01-20), Automatic Control (Code 15-01-21), Electronics (Code 15-01-22) and Telematics (Code 15-01-23).

The successful candidate is expected to be a competent and highly motivated academic who will contribute to the strengthening of teaching in undergraduate and graduate (Master and Doctorate) programs, to do research, and to participate in innovation activities.

The University

Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria (USM) has a strong emphasis on research and on scientific and technological education. USM is consistently ranked among the top three engineering schools of the country, it is ranked first place nationally, second in South America and 275 worldwide in the Times Higher Education Ranking 2014 (1). In the QS World University ranking in Engineering, it is ranked in 3rd place within Chile (2). According to América Economía, it is ranked in 6th place in 2011, 2012 (3), 2013 and 7th in 2014 (4).

Valparaiso is 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. According to the United Nations Development Programme, Chile is one of South America's most stable and prosperous nations, leading Latin American nations in human development, competitiveness, income per capita, globalization, economic freedom, and perception of low corruption (5). Since July 2013, Chile is considered by the World Bank as a "high-income economy", and hence as a developed country (6).




UTFSM offers an attractive starting salary, free lunch, supplemental health insurance, motivating additional payment for each publication in ISI indexed journals, among other benefits. Furthermore, having a research project founded by the national scientific research agency Fondecyt generates an additional monthly payment during the entire period of the research project (2 or 3 years).


The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the strengthening of teaching in undergraduate and graduate (Master and Doctorate) programs and to exhibit research and innovation capabilities. He will sign a performance agreement for a trial period of two years, which will specify a language training program to enable applicants not fluent in Spanish language to reach proficiency to be able to teach. The agreement will also establish teaching and research goals to be achieved in that time frame. Fulfilling the agreement goals will enable the candidate to participate on tenure track.

The preferred specialization areas are differentiated according to the application field

Computer Engineering, 1 academic position, (Code 15-01-20),

The candidate should demonstrate skills in digital system design, digital integrated circuit design, computer and microprocessor architectures, embedded systems, or real-time systems. The candidate must be willing and able to perform theoretical and experimental teaching in the above subjects.

Automatic Control, 1 academic position, (Code 15-01-21),

Candidates with expertise in modeling and process control, advanced control system design, nonlinear control, system identification, and control over networks or other related areas with potential for application in industry will be considered. The willingness of the candidate to perform theoretical and experimental teaching and experience in projects of multidisciplinary basic and applied research is particularly encouraged.

Electronics, 1 academic position, (Code 15-01-22)

Applicants must demonstrate expertise preferably in any of the following areas: power electronics, renewable energy, instrumentation applications in mining, industry and/or grid electronic applications. However, other profiles related to the use of electronics in multidisciplinary contexts will also be considered. The candidate must be willing and able to perform theoretical and experimental teaching in basic electronics (including analog and digital electronics fundamentals), power electronics and electrical machines.

Telematics, 1 academic position, (Code 15-01-23).

The successful candidates are expected to contribute to the strengthening of teaching in undergraduate and graduate (Master and Doctorate) programs and to exhibit research and innovation capabilities. Specialization in one of the following areas is highly desirable: wireless communications applications (layers ISO/OSI 2-7), web technology, or network administration, however, other Information Technology and Telecommunications occupational areas will also be considered.

Application requirements

Candidates may be Chilean or foreign nationals, in possession of a doctoral degree or in the final stages of receiving it. 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 and patents.
  5. Writing and speaking proficiency in English and Spanish. Applicants not fluent in Spanish should show willingness to acquire within one 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 data (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.

Submission of Applications and Important Dates

Applications should be sent in electronic format to:,  copy to: The subject of the message should include the position code.

Application Deadline: June 15th, 2015

Preliminary Selection (shortlist) will be informed by: July 15th, 2015

The selected candidate could fill the position starting March 1st, 2016.

Selection Procedure

The Electronic Engineering Department will select three candidates for a shortlist for each available position, from the set of all applicants satisfying the advertised requirements. Those in the shortlists will be interviewed by a Selection Committee. All those in the shortlists should offer 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 prioritize the shortlist, to be submitted to the University authority for the final decision.

Additional information

Activities of the Department of Electronic Engineering are described in  and General information on the University and on the city of Valparaiso and surroundings can be found in Further questions are welcome and can be formulated to:

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