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Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, Smart City Initiative

University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida
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Nov 13, 2022

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As a next-generation public research institution, we are an inclusive community of thinkers, doers, creators, innovators, healers, and leaders striving to shape the future and solve the world’s most challenging problems. No matter what your role is, when you join Knight Nation, you become an integral part of our mission to become a university for the future. You’ll be met with opportunities to connect and collaborate with uniquely talented faculty, staff, and students across 13 colleges and multiple campuses and regional locations. That means greater challenges to tackle, more meaningful opportunities to grow, and rewarding experiences that go beyond a paycheck.


The Opportunity

The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) is dedicated to increasing the prominence of its Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering (CECE) department. Applications are invited for two full-time, 9-month, tenure-track assistant professor positions under the FUTURe CITy initiative – Fostering Smart Urban Transformation and Ubiquitous Resilience with Connected Infrastructure and Technology – a Smart City initiative housed within CECE. The FUTURE CITy initiative’s goal is to attract faculty who have a vision to synergistically explore wide-ranging technological advances towards better serving urban residents. For more details visit The position is expected to commence in August 2023.

The department is seeking exceptional candidates for these positions with a focus in either geotechnical, transportation or construction engineering fields. We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in Smart City research domains including, but not limited to:

1)  Real-time sensing, communications, and data analytics for operation of infrastructure systems such as underground structures and slopes, high-rise buildings, bridges, and safety-critical facilities; 
2)  Approaches to or drawing on emerging technologies/methods such as sensor fusion, artificial intelligence, and data analytics in the areas of transportation planning, operations, and safety;
3)  Sensing for interconnected infrastructure (including transportation and geostructural systems), and computer vision applications; 
4)  Interdisciplinary applications of artificial intelligence, data analytics and mixed reality (augmented reality and virtual reality) for geotechnical, transportation and construction engineering fields.

The UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science is among the nation's largest producers of engineering and technology workforce talent, and we are the No. 1 provider of graduates to the defense and aerospace industries. We have more than 40 degree and certificate programs within the college and are continuing to grow. Our students, faculty and alumni address society's greatest challenges and aspirations in aerospace, computing, energy, the environment, healthcare, transportation and more. Our education and research efforts are supported by a strong neighboring industry presence such as L3Harris Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Duke Energy, Siemens, Walt Disney World, and NASA, to name a few. 

The CECE department houses active research laboratories, institutes, and university transportation centers, including large-scale structural testing, health monitoring, soil testing, and pavement materials laboratories. A unique opportunity exists for multidisciplinary researchers to work collaboratively with other well-renowned programs on campus including the Institute for Simulation and Training, the Center for Research in Computer Vision, and the College of Medicine. Located in the Orlando Metropolitan area, UCF enrolls over 67,000 students, offering excellent professional and personal opportunities. UCF offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering. The undergraduate degree is ABET accredited. We encourage you to learn more about UCF at and our department at

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. from an accredited institution by the time of appointment in a Smart City related field such as Civil, Construction, Mechanical, Computer or Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or other related fields.


Preferred Qualifications:

Successful applicants will have either demonstrated, or shown a clear potential for, creative and independent research that would lead to strong extramurally funded research and national/international recognition.  Minority and women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website,  In addition to the online application, interested candidates must also submit a signed cover letter, a complete curriculum vitae, a maximum two-page statement outlining research vision and teaching interests, and a list of at least four professional references complete with address, phone number, and email address.

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.

Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding this search may be directed 


Job Close Date:

Open until filled.


Note to applicants: Please keep in mind that a job posted as ‘Open until filled’ may close at any time without notice. As such, we encourage you to submit your application and all required documentation as quickly as possible to ensure consideration for the posted position.


Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks!  In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings options.
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.
  • Education assistance.
  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website (


Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region’s talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete, online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.


The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.



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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at  http//


As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.


The Civil Engineering Program Faculty strives to create a high quality learning experience for our students. The principal goals include: Provide a broad engineering education to our graduates that will prepare them for both current and future professional challenges. Promote a commitment to continued scholarship and service among our graduates. Foster a spirit of innovation, so that our graduates are positioned to take advantage of new technology in our profession. Promote an environment that is inclusive and diverse. To attain prominence in key areas of Civil Engineering graduate education and research.

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