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Assistant Professor in Fungal Biology

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor of Fungal Biology
Salary range: $74,600 - $97,200
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024

Application Window

Open date: November 3, 2023

Most recent review date: Saturday, Jan 6, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Jul 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Assistant Professor in Fungal Biology

The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at the University of California Riverside invites applicants for a full-time Assistant Professor position in Fungal Biology. We invite candidates with broad expertise in mycology including but not limited to host-pathogen interactions, symbiosis biology, metabolism and biotechnology, development/morphology, ecology/climate change, and evolution. The final candidate will utilize systems biology, genomics, genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, next generation sequencing, advanced statistical modeling, and/or metabolomics approaches in their research, examining fungal species or complexes of fungi with hosts or other microbes (microbiomes).

The position is an academic year (9-month) appointment in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences housed on UCR campus and available to start as early as July 1, 2024. The candidate is expected to establish an internationally recognized, externally funded research program, to work in an integrative multidisciplinary environment, to communicate their work effectively to a broader public, to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and to participate in departmental and campus service.

The UC salary consists of a base pay of $74,600 - $97,200 for Assistant Professors and additional off-scale to be commensurate with market value, qualifications and experiences. The off-scale portion of the salary will be maintained as long as satisfactory academic progress is made. Additionally, the off-scale will be maintained subject to market adjustments to the UC salary scale. Appointment level and salary are commensurate with experience.

Required qualifications for this position that must be met by the date of application include: a Ph.D. in Fungal Biology, Mycology, Microbiology, Pathology or a closely-related discipline; a record of strong research productivity and scholarship; the ability to teach mycology, microbiology, genetics, or other related classes; and excellent communication skills.

Preferred qualifications for this position include: Postdoctoral experience and experience of teaching undergraduate and graduate classes are highly desired.
Advancement through the Assistant Professor 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.

To apply: submit a Cover Letter describing background and interests, Curriculum Vitae, Statement of Research/Scholarly Activities with solid evidence of a Future Research Plan (3 page maximum), Statement of Teaching Philosophy (2 page maximum), Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2 page maximum), and 3-5 letters of recommendation (due by January 6, 2024) to https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF01824. Review of applications will commence on January 6, 2024 and proceed until position is filled. For full consideration, applicants should submit their complete applications prior to the above date.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Hailing Jin, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Microbiology & Plant Pathology, at hailingj@ucr.edu. For questions on application procedures and requirements, please contact Melissa Resendez, Academic Personnel, at melissa.resendez@ucr.edu.

University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy: As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

a Ph.D. in Fungal Biology, Mycology, Microbiology, Pathology or a closely-related discipline; a record of strong research productivity and scholarship; and the ability to teach mycology, microbiology, genetics, or other related classes; and excellent communication skills.

Preferred qualifications

Preferred qualifications for this position include: Postdoctoral experience and experience of teaching undergraduate and graduate classes are highly desired.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research/Scholarly Activities with solid evidence of a Future Research Plan

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy

  • 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
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

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

Apply link: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/JPF01824

Help contact: mresende@ucr.edu

About UC Riverside

The University of California, Riverside is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. UCR is a member institution of the American Association of Universities (AAU) as well as the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities (HSRU). 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 or protected veteran status.

For the University of California’s Affirmative Action Policy please visit: https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-035.pdf.

For the University of California’s Anti-Discrimination Policy, please visit: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/1001004/Anti-Discrimination.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, State, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Riverside, CA