Faculty Position at UC Davis in Quantitative Biosciences w/ major emphasis on contributions to diversity

The College of Biological Sciences at UC Davis is searching for an Assistant Professor in Quantitative Biological Sciences (which we view broadly to include areas such as computational biology, bioinformatics, modeling, biostatistics or related disciplines). In addition, this search has a strong emphasis on “Contributions to Diversity”. See below for more details.


Deadline: 28 Feb 2019.

As part of a campus-wide initiative to hire leading research faculty with a strong commitment to teaching, research and service that will promote the success of underrepresented minority students (African-American, Latino (a)/Chicano (a)/Hispanic, and Native American) and address the needs of our increasingly diverse state, UC Davis announces an Assistant Professor faculty position in the College of Biological Sciences. Applications are encouraged from candidates with a strong disciplinary background in computational biology, bioinformatics, modeling, bioinformatics, modeling, biostatistics or related discipline that will fit within one of the College’s departments.

In addition to a strong record of research and teaching excellence, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of underrepresented minorities in higher education. The successful candidate also will have an accomplished track record (calibrated to career stage) of teaching, research or service activities addressing the needs of underrepresented minorities, and a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will continue to contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population. Applicants’ track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. or equivalent degree awarded by time of hire, where the topic of the work is in or related to computational biology, bioinformatics, modeling, biostatistics, or in biological sciences with demonstrated expertise in at least one of these topics.

Additional Qualifications

We desire applicants who have identified strengths and experiences in the following areas:

  • Excellence in research that complements or extends existing research strengths in the college and the potential to attract extramural funding.
  • Evidence of commitment to or strong potential for commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for underrepresented minority students and groups (African-American, Latino (a)/Chicano (a)/Hispanic, and Native American), 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.

We encourage applications from candidates with strong disciplinary background in any current or emerging area that will fit within one of the following departments and/or centers:

  • Department of Evolution & Ecology
  • Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
  • Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior
  • Department of Plant Biology
  • Genome Center
  • Center for Neuroscience
  • Center for Population Biology

Please explore these departments at https://biology.ucdavis.edu/research/departments and these centers at https://biology.ucdavis.edu/research/centers

Appointment will be as an academic year (9-month) tenure-track Assistant Professor. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent degree awarded by time of hire, where the topic of the work is in or related to computational biology, bioinformatics, modeling, biostatistics, or in biological sciences with demonstrated expertise in at least one of these topics. Participation in department, college, and university service is an expectation under our faculty shared governance model.

Application Requirements

We strongly recommend that all candidates visit our website dedicated to this search for additional information about how their application materials, including their Statement of Contributions to Diversity, will be used by the Search Committee in our screening and review process. The link is https://academicaffairs.sf.ucdavis.edu/advancing-faculty-diversity-pilot-project.

For full consideration applications must be completed by February 28, 2019; the position will remain open until filled through April 30, 2019. Application packages should be submitted online through https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF02600 and should include the following documents: current Curriculum Vitae, cover letter, Research Statement, Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Statement of Teaching Accomplishments and Philosophy, and 3-6 letters of recommendation.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California, Davis. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by faculty who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our recently developed Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our new strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement.