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Assistant Professor Position in Operations and Decision Technologies at the University of California, Irvine

  • 1.  Assistant Professor Position in Operations and Decision Technologies at the University of California, Irvine

    Posted 12 days ago

    The UCI Paul Merage School of Business is seeking candidates to fill one tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Operations and Decision Technologies area to begin as early as July 1, 2023.


    We are seeking individuals with a commitment to excellence in research and teaching in Operations and Decision Technologies (ODT) and in service to the University and profession. A Ph.D. in Operations Management, Operations Research, Management Science, Industrial Engineering, or other relevant discipline is required (Ph.D. must be completed by Summer 2023). While we invite applications in all operations areas, we are particularly interested in candidates with a research interest in sustainable operations broadly defined as "operational strategies and innovations to meet the needs of the present without compromising the environmental, economic and social benefits of future generations". Example research areas include but are not restricted to quantitative modeling, empirical methods, and data-driven operations research applied to environmental management, climate change, circular economies, sustainable technologies, social responsibility, poverty alleviation, and equity and inclusion. Research methods can range across math programming, game theory, stochastic modeling, decision analysis, behavioral or field experiments, data analytics, machine learning, and related methods.

    New hires will be expected to teach across all programs (undergraduate, masters and doctoral), some of which may occur at night and/or on weekends, including summers. You may be asked to develop online or hybrid courses consistent with the School's objectives and teaching needs. ODT area faculty teach core classes covering topics in operations management, management science, and statistics, as well as electives that align with one's research program.

    The UCI Paul Merage School of Business is especially interested in attracting applications from individuals who embody two core strategic interests. First, the goal of the Merage School is to be a world-class institution in the development of leaders who employ their understanding of business, entrepreneurship and technology to enhance the economic and social well-being of their communities. This goal is summarized in our tagline "Leadership for a Digitally Driven World". Second, the Merage School is guided by UCI's focus on inclusive excellence which emphasizes the removal of economic and social barriers to receiving a world-class education. Thus, our aim at the Merage School is to transform the business landscape by enhancing the representation of all communities in business and entrepreneurial activities. We are looking for candidates who share an interest in these two domains and are driven to conduct research, teaching and external engagement to ensure their execution.

    New hires will join a dynamic business school located in the heart of Orange County's thriving business community. The Merage School faculty has been globally recognized for their research contributions and teaching innovations. The ODT faculty members use and develop advanced analytic methodologies to address decision situations across the functional areas of business. Application domains range across advertising and social media, healthcare, environmental sustainability and regulation, online platforms, developing economies, and global supply chain management.

    Merage School faculty are actively involved in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts, supporting the new Black Management Association and the School's Latinx Initiative. The Financial Times ranks the Merage School #1 in number of female faculty. Our programs also strive to fully represent our professional community, continually searching for applicants with different backgrounds to enrich the educational experience. The School also houses seven faculty-led Centers of Excellence which serve as a bridge between the Merage School and the local business community: the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Center for Digital Transformation, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Health Care Management and Policy, the Center for Investment and Wealth Management, the Center for Real Estate, and the UCI Long US-China Institute. For information about the University of California, Irvine and The Paul Merage School of Business, learn more at


    To apply, visit UC Irvine's RECRUIT at
    Applicants must complete an online application profile and upload the following application materials electronically to be considered for the position:
    (1) Curriculum Vitae
    (2) Cover Letter
    (3) Statement of Research
    (4) Statement of Teaching
    (5) Statement of Service (optional)
    (6) Statement of DEI that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service
    (7) Three Letters of Recommendation
    (8) Teaching Evaluations
    (9) Publications, working papers, and dissertation proposal (if others are co-authored)

    DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, although first consideration will be given to completed applications received by Oct 1 2022.

    The search committee will interview a subset of applicants at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Indianapolis on Oct 16-19, 2022.
    Applicants who are interested in an INFORMS interview are encouraged to apply by Oct 1 2022. Invited campus visits will be held from December 2022 – February 2023.

    If you have any questions about the application process, please contact:

    Academic Personnel Analyst
    The Paul Merage School of Business
    University of California, Irvine
    Irvine, CA 92697-3125

    The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

    The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UC Irvine conducts institutional reference checks for candidates finalists to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer of appointment into Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full). The institutional reference checks involve contacting the administration of the applicant's previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University's Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Irvine requires all candidates of Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full) to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled "Authorization to Release Information" into AP RECRUIT as part of their application. If the candidate does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full) positions will be subject to institutional reference checks.

    Luyi Gui
    Associate Professor
    The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine
    Irvine CA