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Sep 15 2023

Faculty Assistant Professor in Microbial Biology

University of California, Davis Davis, California, United States

The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, in the College of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis, invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Microbial Biology. The search will be broad and open to elicit applications from a diverse pool of applicants. We aim to recruit an individual with research interests that complement and augment existing areas of excellence in the department, who has deep interest in academic teaching and mentoring and will contribute to diversity and equity in higher education through their teaching, research, and service, and who will create a climate that attracts students of all races, nationalities, and genders.

Appointment will be as an academic year (9-month) tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (College of Biological Sciences). Applicants must have earned a PhD or equivalent with significant post-doctoral experience in Microbial Biology. Participation in department, college, and university service as a member of UC Davis Division of the Academic Senate is an expectation under our faculty shared governance model.

Minimum qualifications
Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent with significant post-doctoral experience in Microbial Biology.

Additional qualifications

  • Excellence in research that complements or extends existing research strengths in the Department and has the prospect of strong extramural funding.
  • Evidence of commitment or strong potential for commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities, and how this commitment integrates with teaching, research, and service.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching. Must demonstrate potential or evidence of ability to perform well at both graduate and undergraduate levels and to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses or seminars.

Application Requirements
Applicants should submit materials online at: Please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae summarizing experience and achievements (max. 8 pages), statement of research accomplishments and plans (3-5 pages), statement of teaching experience and philosophy (1-2 pages), and statement of potential to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (1-2 pages). Awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues, as well as past contributions and future plans concerning DEI activities that are documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit and for guidelines about writing a DEI statement and why one is requested. Applicants should also arrange to have three referees submit supporting letters online at the above website. Applicants may choose to ask an optional, fourth referee to submit a letter; note that applications containing fewer than 3 letters of recommendation will not be reviewed. In addition, applicants may submit 1-3 publications that best represent their scholarship (preprints or manuscripts under review are acceptable). For full consideration, applications must be completed by October 17, 2023; however, the position will remain open until filled through September 4, 2024. Feel free to contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Scott Dawson at with any questions about the search or position. The administrative contact is Olivia Gilbertson, For more information on the position, the department and UC Davis in general, please visit the following website:

Our Commitment
We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

The University
UC Davis is one the largest life science-oriented campuses in the nation with many highly ranked programs in biology and medicine. The university has over $1B in extramural funding and is successfully concluding a $2B fundraising campaign. The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.
Please review the Full Job Posting to learn more about the notable rankings we have received regarding environmental sustainability, work- life balance, and more.

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