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Assistant Professor of Nematology

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor
Anticipated start: 07/01/2023

Application Window

Open October 21, 2022 through Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The University of California, Riverside, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Plant Nematology to begin July 1, 2023. The position is a 9-month appointment in the Department of Nematology in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Appointment level and salary are commensurate with experience. The successful candidate is expected to establish an internationally recognized, externally funded research program. The focus will be on investigations of microbial interactions with plant-parasitic nematodes that suppress plant diseases and crop damage (e.g., nematode-suppressive soils; hyperparasites of endoparasitic nematodes). The ideal applicant should be familiar with field and laboratory-based experimental approaches that utilize methodologies such as genetics, functional genomics, metabolomics, and novel microscopy. The appointee is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and participate in campus service and outreach relevant to the California Agricultural Experiment Station

The Department of Nematology:
The Department of Nematology is committed to a broad-based mission in nematology research, teaching, and outreach, including strengths in ecology, agriculture, pest and disease science, parasitology, and health science. Faculty and their graduate students are highly collaborative with campus programs, including Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Entomology, Ecology & Organismal Biology, Genetics, Genomics, & Bioinformatics, Plant Biology, Evolution, and Biomedical Sciences.

A Ph.D. or an equivalent research doctorate in plant pathology, nematology, mycology, microbiology, entomology, or a closely related field is required at the time of application. Postdoctoral training and proven scholarly productivity are preferred. Expertise in biological control of plant-parasitic nematodes is desirable.

Candidates must apply through and include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and separate research and teaching interest statements. A statement addressing the candidate’s past and potential future contributions to promoting academic diversity must be included. In addition, applicants should request that three letters of recommendation be submitted through this site. For full consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by December 31, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled. As part of the process, the committee might decide to hold a brief, ~30-minute zoom interview with candidates before making final decisions about the interview list.

Additional information about the Department of Nematology is available at: For questions about this position, please get in touch with Dr. Ole Becker, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Nematology, at For questions on application procedure and requirements, please contact Kendall Dunmore, Academic Personnel, at

Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A Ph.D. or equivalent research doctorate in plant pathology, nematology, mycology, microbiology, entomology, or a closely related field is required.

Preferred qualifications

Postdoctoral training and proven scholarly productivity. Expertise in biological control of plant-parasitic nematodes is desirable.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence - In a “Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence”, we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

Please provide the contact information for a minimum of three references. You will need to request the letter writers to submit their confidential reference letters via AP Recruit as part of your application.

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Campus Information

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy ( All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Riverside, CA