Current Opportunities at UC Davis ECE

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Postdoc Positions

University of California Davis ASEEC laboratory ( and National Science Foundation Center for Hardware Security (NSF CHEST) ( is recruiting up to two talented postdoctoral researchers to support the growth of the program and expand its research activities in the area of applied machine learning and hardware security. In particular, we are looking for two experts with strong scientific background, good communication skills, and solid experience in one of the following areas:

1. Computer System Security

The successful candidate will perform research in the area of hardware security, computer architecture security, IoT security, and system cybersecurity.

2. Applied Machine Learning

The successful candidate will perform research in the area of applied machine learning. Some of the topics of interests are graph analytics, graph neural network, adversarial machine learning, and machine learning privacy, deep learning, reinforcement learning, and machine learning computational complexity.

Candidates should have completed a doctoral degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or Electrical Engineering at the time of hire. Candidates with strong multidisciplinary skills covering more than one of the areas listed above are particularly encouraged to apply. Extremely well-qualified candidates with slightly different qualifications and/or research focus might be also considered under special circumstances.

Other essential qualifications include an excellent track of scientific publications; excellent English-language writing skills; ability to meet deadlines, work well with minimal direction and with a team, and produce high-quality research outputs; good time management and recordkeeping. Desirable qualifications include solid presentation skills and experience with fundraising and maintaining rapport with funding agencies.

The selected candidates will join a growing team working on research on future computer security and machine learning at University of California, Davis. They will work with Dr. Houman Homayoun and other researchers in the program at projects related to address the challenges in this important filed. Other duties commensurate with the researcher’s qualifications will also be assigned. There is also expected to be considerable scope for the researchers to conduct independent work, including advanced analyses of other data and preparation of papers for publication in scholarly journals, as well as to be involved in other research activities directed by Dr. Homayoun and other UC Davis colleagues.

Screening of applications will begin immediately, and recruitment will continue until the position is filled. The deadline to submit application is May 25. Interviews with applicants will be scheduled via phone or videoconference.

We offer a competitive salary and generous benefits, including health insurance, retirement plan, vacation and sick leave, and support to a successful career in scientific research. The successful candidates will be encouraged to submit the output of their work to scientific conferences and professional meetings. Pending acceptance of the work, and funding availability, they will receive support for the attendance of these meetings.

The University of California, Davis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and applications from women and under-represented minorities are encouraged.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, and names/contact information of three references in a single PDF file to:

Please format the file name as {last name, initials}_3RFM_postdoc2019.pdf and include “Postdoc Search” in the subject line of the e-mail.

3. National Science Foundation CHEST Center (

Center Mission

The mission of the CHEST Center is to address the research challenges that industry faces in the design, protection, and resilience of hardware from the security vulnerabilities associated with electronic hardware and embedded systems and develop the much needed workforce for government and industry.

Center Overview

The CHEST Center is funded by a combination of National Science Foundation grants and memberships by industry and non-profit institutions, and CHEST coordinates university-based research with partner needs to advance knowledge of security, assurance, and trust for electronic hardware and embedded systems.

CHEST areas of interest include identification, detection, monitoring, mitigation, and elimination of vulnerabilities that affect hardware and embedded systems. More specifically, CHEST covers all levels of hardware and embedded systems design: system, architectural, board, microprocessor, embedded system, application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), field programmable gate array (FPGA), and other circuits. Threats to hardware and embedded devices cover a broad range of attack vectors with the integration of design, manufacturing, supply chains, operations, and complex assemblies of hardware, software, and firmware. Vulnerabilities can be introduced at any hardware design level and any stage of the product lifecycle. The NSF CHEST Center addresses security, assurance, and trust across all levels and stages. The Center is inventing and disseminating technologies, practices, and guidelines to stakeholders and educating a next generation of experts.

Areas of research include: hardware assurance, counterfeit detection, integrated circuit authentication, anti-reverse engineering and anti-tampering, secure communication protocols, formal verification, secure processor architectures, vulnerability analysis, infrastructure safety and resilience, and secure systems engineering.


Open Project Scientist Position

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis invites applications from qualified candidates for one or more Project Scientist positions. We aim to recruit an outstanding individual with the appropriate background and/or experience capable of interacting with our many collaborators and working without supervision. Candidates should have a PhD in engineering, the physical sciences, or related field. A broad range of skills in plasma physics, microwave vacuum electronics, and millimeter wave techniques/instrumentation, good interpersonal and organization skills, and strong communication (oral and written) skills are required. Candidates should have 1-3 years of post-PhD experience.

The position is funded by multiple extramural grants addressing topics related to fusion plasma physics, millimeter wave and near-THz vacuum electron beam sources, passive radiometric and active radar reflectometric millimetric imaging, and millimeter wave instrument development It is anticipated that approximately 70-90% of the time will be spent designing and implementing original research experiments, assisting in the creation of new grant applications, and writing original manuscripts. The remaining 10-30% of the time will be devoted to the organization and management of the lab, which will include participation in the daily activities of the lab including maintenance of equipment, and training of other researchers (e.g., graduate students) in the scientific method as well as millimeter wave instrumentation  techniques (e.g., network analysis). Renewal of the contract will be contingent upon the availability of adequate funding and performance.

Required materials include a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact information for 3-5 letters ofreference. Interested candidates should submit all materials via the web-based online submission system (

The deadline for full consideration is July 15, 2019; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The UC Davis College of Engineering is committed to building a diverse faculty, staff, and student body as it responds to the changing population and educational needs of California and the nation. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Postdoctoral Scholar Position

The UC Davis TETRAPODS Institute of Data Science (UCD4IDS) funded by the NSF HDR-TRIPODS grant, is soliciting applications for a full-time UCD4IDS research postdoc position starting July 1, 2020 for joint appointment in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and Department of Computer Science (CS). UCD4IDS seek applicants who demonstrate promise and the capability of developing cutting edge computational, mathematical, and/or statistical methodology pertaining to modern areas of data science that involve large and complex data, as well as effective teaching skills. In particular, those candidates whose research interests are in the following three broad themes of the Institute are strongly encouraged to apply:

1) Fundamentals of machine learning directed toward biological and medical applications;

2) Optimization theory and algorithms for machine learning including numerical solvers for large-scale nontrivial learning problems; and

3) High-dimensional data analysis on graphs and networks.

Applicants are required to have completed their Ph.D. in Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, or related fields, by the time of their appointment, but no earlier than July 1, 2018. The starting annual salary is $50,760 and may be adjusted according to experience level and estimated salary increase for 2020. Supplemental salary is available through teaching positions in either ECE or CS departments, and the exact amount depends on the teaching load. Appointment is renewable for a total of up to two years, upon demonstration of satisfactory performance in research.   HOW TO APPLY:
Please send cover letter, CV, research statement, and contact information for three references to: 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applications received by January 31, 2020. The University of California, Davis, is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff.

Unit 18 Lecturer in Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach courses in our department should an opening arise. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies from quarter to quarter, depending on the needs of the department.

The department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) in the College of Engineering. The department educates students in the fundamental science and engineering principles relevant to electrical and computer skills needed to solve the complex technological problems of modern society. The program trains students in the experimental and computational skills for a professional career, graduate study and advanced research in ECE. The duties will include (but are not limited to) teaching or co-teaching a course including: lecturing, holding office hours, grading and administering exams and coursework, managing and mentoring graders and teaching assistants, course preparation, holding discussion or lab sections and additional duties as needed.

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must minimally have a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in in electrical or computer science and engineering or a closely related field at time of application. Additional qualifications: A PhD or equivalent in electrical & computer science and engineering or a closely related field is required by the start of service.

Preferred Qualifications: Prior teaching experience at the college or university level is preferred. Starting salary will be commensurate with degrees currently held, past teaching experience and equity within the department.

Positions are typically part-time. Instructors teaching a course with three hours of lecture per week will normally be appointed at 33% time during the quarter; exact percentages depend on contact hours and other assigned duties. Lecturers hired to teach during the Fall quarter are employed from October through December, Winter quarter are employed from January through March and Spring quarter from April through June. This pool will remain open through December 31, 2020 to accommodate department needs. Appointments for Fall quarter are usually reviewed in August/September, Winter quarter in November/December and spring quarter in February/March.

Please note: The use of a lecturer pool does not guarantee that an open position exists. See the review date specified in AP Recruit to learn whether the department is currently reviewing applications for a specific position. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Please apply at: