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[Opening]Full-time faculty joint position in the area of Digital Transformation

 The School of Engineering at thePontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, one of the leading engineering academic institutions in Latin America and ranked among the top four emerging leaders for engineering education worldwide, invites outstanding candidates for a full-time faculty joint position in the area of Digital Transformation between the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Department of Computer Science.

Digital Transformation is the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business, changing fundamentally how organizations operate and deliver value to their customers. Digital Transformation goes beyond incorporating technology into an organization, focusing on how this technology is assimilated by organizational members and applied to implement new business models and new productive processes. A successful Digital Transformation researcher must have a twofold profile: a strong background in Management (e.g., Organizational Behavior, Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and/or Sociology), as well as in Computing and Information Systems.


High quality teaching (at undergraduate and graduate levels), and conducting independent research. In teaching, we expect the applicant to be able to teach courses in both the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (e.g., Technology Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Competitive Intelligence) and the Department of Computer Science (e.g., Information Systems, Digital Transformation and Information Technology, Information Technology Management, IT Strategy). In research, the applicant should conduct research in any of the topics included in Digital Transformation. Additional duties include knowledge transfer, outreach, and university administrative tasks.


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (or be currently pursuing studies towards the degree) preferably in Management (i.e., Strategy, Organization, Entrepreneurship, or related disciplines) and undergraduate or advanced studies in Computer Science, or in Computer Science or Information Systems and undergraduate or advanced studies in Industrial Engineering or Business.

Applicants must be researchers whose research area is related to the digital transformation of organizations, both private and public. This research area is defined as the study of information technologies that transform organizational functions, radically improving the functioning of organizations and/or society. Research might focus on operational improvements, on the creation of new innovative value for users/customers, on strategies to implement cultural changes, and/or on strategies to compete with new business models. Moreover, this research area might seek to study the technological assimilation of private and public organizations, to reduce the growing technological inequality between more and less developed societies.

Digital transformation requires a multidisciplinary effort. Therefore, it is expected that the selected applicant can collaborate with researchers who are currently conducting research at the School of Engineering, in related areas such as Industrial Engineering and Information Technology. Applicants must have a high potential for scientific productivity and the ability to work in teams. Applicants are expected to have the ability to publish in high impact journals in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, strategy or information systems, where digital transformation is addressed in a multidisciplinary manner.

It is important to note that the research conducted by the selected applicant should have a direct or indirect impact on the development of the country, and on the initiatives promoted by the Chilean State within the framework of the Presidential Instruction for Digital Transformation (, in Spanish), or similar future projects. Therefore, the selected applicant is expected to be able to build bridges between the School of Engineering and other academic units, such as the School of Government.

Candidates do not need to be fluent in Spanish at the time of application, but should be prepared to learn the language well enough to teach in this language in the short term (two years maximum). Fluency in English is a requirement.

Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to all aspects of academic life and common goals of the institution. They must be highly motivated to continuously improve their teaching skills, have a genuine interest in getting involved with our graduate programs (specially the doctoral program) and be able to develop and maintain an active research agenda leading to high quality publications, securing research grants, generating and participating in interdisciplinary projects, leading scientific and industry-liaison initiatives, strengthening and creating national and international academic networks, etc. The candidate will also be expected to create new undergraduate and graduate courses and teach traditional courses in related areas.

Application instructions

Applicants should submit the following documents to (in the email subject line, please indicate: Faculty position in Digital Transformation; seenote A) by September 15th, 2020 (late applications will be considered until the position is filled).

  1. A research statement (in English) indicating the immediate and long-term goals of the applicant’s research plan and detailing potential collaboration networks with other researchers and plans for interactions with scientists in Chile and other countries.

  2. A teaching statement of purpose (in English) indicating why the applicant should be considered for the position and the plans for teaching. The applicant should be as specific as possible by providing examples of the plan to transfer knowledge to undergraduate and graduate students.

  3. An updated curriculum vitae (in English, seenote B).

  4. If available, copies of five recent Web of Science publications that are relevant to the context of the application (seenote C).

  5. At least, three letters of recommendation, which must be e-mailed directly by the signatories to

Note A:

The applicant will get a response from this email address confirming that the documents have been received.

Note B:

The CV must be organized as follows:i. Personal information: name, address, contact telephone number (with country and city codes), email address, web page (if any).

ii. Education: all academic and professional degrees, indicating the granting institutions and dates. If the applicant is currently enrolled in a doctoral program, please indicate the expected date for the degree.

iii. Educational experience (university or institution, courses taught and years).

iv. Professional experience (employer, duties, years).

v. Research:

a. List of Web of Science journal publications (seenote C).

b. List of other publications such as reports, books or book chapters, conferences attended, research projects participated in, patents, etc.

vi. Other: awards, computer skills, languages, and any other relevant background information.

Note C:

Please avoid padding the list with other publications, such as those published in journals not indexed in the Web of Science database, conference presentations and alike.

Once the complete set of application materials has been received, the applicant will be contacted within two months and informed whether the application has been accepted for further consideration. If this initial screening is successful, the candidate will be asked to continue the process following the steps described in Appendix 1.

Further information

Additional information can be obtained by emailing the Department Chair of Industrial and Systems Engineering Chairman, Professor Juan Carlos Ferrer ( and the Department Chair of Computer Science Chairman, Professor Miguel Nussbaum (

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Appendix 1. Application steps

  • Interviews/Seminar:

    1. Interview with the Dean of the School of Engineering

    2. Interview with faculty members and the heads of the departments of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Computer Science.

    3. Interview with the Search Committee

    4. Psychological Interview

    5. Seminar open to faculty members and graduate students of the School of Engineering.

These interviews and seminar are generally carried out within a week.

  • Selection of the final candidate by the Departments and the Search Committee

  • Approval of the candidate by the School Council

  • The selected candidate is informed (offer letter)

The time that elapses from step 1) to 4) is around two months.

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