Faculty Position at the Department of Electronic Engineering, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María.

Faculty Position at the Department of Electronic Engineering, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María.

  • Santiago, Chile
Faculty Position at the Department of Electronic Engineering, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María.
Job description

This call is aimed at filling two (2) full-time faculty positions for the Department of Electronic Engineering at Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM or USM, for short) in the field of Telematics (Code 23-04-04). 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 information and communication technologies (ICT), as well as knowledge of network security mechanisms, data transmission, protocols, services, and applications.

Candidates may be Chilean or foreign nationals, in possession of a doctoral degree, or in the final stages of receiving it, with specialization in one of the following areas: networks and telecommunication systems planning and performance analysis (layers ISO/OSI 3-7); and integration of ICT systems and Internet of Things (IoT).

The selected candidates are expected to be competent and highly motivated academics 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 candidates to perform theoretical and experimental teaching and experience in projects of multidisciplinary basic and applied research is particularly encouraged.


UTFSM offers an attractive starting salary, depending on initial academic evaluation. 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 ANID.

Job Responsibilities:

The successful candidates are expected to contribute to teaching in undergraduate and graduate (Master and Doctorate) programs and to exhibit research and innovation capabilities. A performance agreement will be established for an interim period of one, two, or three years depending on the candidate’s academic experience, establishing teaching and research goals to be achieved in that time frame. 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 on tenure track.

The successful candidates will be working in the implementation of Telematics Engineering in the San Joaquín Campus of UTFSM in Santiago. This Campus can be reached easily by the Public Transportation System, that is Metro train and Buses. They 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. They 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.

Desired skills and experience:

Candidates 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 and graduate levels (theoretical and experimental).
  3. To have enabling academic training to teach some of the following subjects: computer networks planning, optical networks, wireless/mobile networks, sensors networks, network simulation and digital data transmission.
  4. 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.
  5. The candidate must demonstrable ability for application and granted of competitive funds.
  6. Exhibit demonstrable results in the creation of knowledge, through publications in WoS indexed journals, international conferences or patents.
  7. 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.
  8. Willingness to carry out innovation, technology transfer, and industrial consulting projects.

Documentation required to apply:

  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, UTFSM.

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: postulaciones.ddrrhhad@usm.cl, sending a copy to: concursos.elo@usm.cl. The subject of the message should include the position code: 23-04-04.

Application Deadline: March 31st, 2023.
Preliminary Selection (shortlist) will be informed by May 8th, 2023
The selected candidate could fill the position starting August 1st, 2023, or earlier   depending on availability.

About the employer

Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria (www.usm.cl) was the first Latin American university to offer a doctoral program in Engineering (since 1962). UTFSM is one of the oldest and traditional universities in Chile, with more than 90 years of history. Since its   foundation, the University has been focused on the development of Science, Engineering and Technology. Our University has a strong emphasis on research and on scientific and technological education. UTFSM is consistently ranked among the top three engineering schools of the country; it is ranked first place nationally in Engineering and Technology (US News Education – Best Global Universities 2020: Engineering, Times Higher Education (THE) WUR 2019: Engineering and Technology), 9th place in Latin America (US News Education – Best Global Universities Latin America 2020). In the THE Impact Ranking 2020, it is ranked in 34th worldwide. In QS World University Ranking 2020-2022 by Subject: Engineering and Technology, it is ranked in 3rd place nationally.

In Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UTFSM was ranked number one in Latin America at the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities for the years 2017 to 2021, and in the range 101 to 150 worldwide. In the same ranking in 2017, UTFSM is also considered number one in Latin America in the subjects of Instruments Science and Technology (47 in the World), and Automation and Control (76 to 100 Worldwide). In the 2020 QS World University indicator in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UTFSM ranked in the position 201-250 worldwide and 3rd place in Chile. Also, in the 2021-2022 QS World University indicator in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UTFSM ranked 3rd place in Chile.

The Electronic Engineering Department of UTFSM is located at the main Campuses of the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, namely the Valparaíso and Santiago Campuses. Valparaíso 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. It is located at a 120 km distance from Santiago, the capital of Chile where the San Joaquín Campus is located. 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 and economic freedom. Since July 2013, Chile is considered by the World Bank as a "high-income economy", and hence as a developed country.

Activities of the Department of Electronic Engineering are described at the websites: www.elo.usm.cl and www.telematica.usm.cl. General information on the University can be found in http://www.oai.usm.cl/en/usm.

Further questions are welcome and can be formulated to: concursos.elo@usm.cl.

Areas of Research
  • Networks & Internet Technologies
  • Mobile & Cloud Computing
  • Internet of Things