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Assistant Professor in Mammalian Virology

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The Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at the University of California, Riverside invites applications for an Assistant Professor in the area of Mammalian Virology. Research topics could include the molecular biology of replication and gene expression of RNA viruses, virus-host interactions, virus-vector interactions, innate and adaptive immunity, and viral pathogenesis. Candidates working on state-of-the-art mammalian model systems are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates who incorporate systems biology approaches, large-scale genomics, high-throughput sequencing, bioinformatics and/or visual microscopy to their research programs are preferred.

The successful candidate will join an expanding group of Mammalian Virologists in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology and other units on campus. They will become members of the multidisciplinary Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB) that connects theoretical and experimental researchers from different departments in Life, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and various campus-based Centers. The IIGB is organized around large suite of Instrumentation Facilities that serve as a centralized, shared-use resource for faculty, staff and students, offering advanced tools in bioinformatics, microscopy and imaging, proteomics, metabolomics, and genomics. Collaborations are also expected with colleagues in the new School of Medicine, which has a growing faculty with expertise in infectious disease, immunology and inflammation. Finally, a modern vivarium and BSL3 facility are also located close to the candidate’s laboratory.

The successful candidate will be a catalyst to strengthen multidisciplinary collaborations addressing fundamental biological questions in mammalian virology. The investigator will be expected to establish and maintain a vigorous, innovative, well-funded, and state-of-the-art research program, teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and participate in departmental and interdepartmental graduate programs.

Applicants must have a Ph.D., specializing in Mammalian Virology or related disciplines with a minimum of two years of Postdoctoral experience. A strong record of research productivity and experience in Mammalian Virology is required.

Evaluation of applications will begin on December 1, 2017 , but the position will remain open until filled. Applicants should submit the following materials online at (1) cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of research and teaching interests, (4) a statement of contribution to diversity, and (5) three letters of recommendation (requested directly through our online application system). For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Ayala Rao, Chair of Search Committee, Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants 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.

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 the mission is a preferred qualification.

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

Job location

Riverside, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching, research, professional activity, and/or service.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required