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Assistant Professor (Ladder, In-Residence, Clin X) Empathy and Compassion Endowed Chair

Application Window

Open date: October 27th, 2020

Last review date: Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021 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: Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021 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

The Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences ( is committed to academic, scientific, and clinical excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

The T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion at UC San Diego invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. Candidates with non-tenured appointments will also be considered for appointment as a T. Denny Sanford Endowed Chair in Empathy and Compassion Research.

The Sanford Institute seeks candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence, diversity, and inclusion in higher education. Candidates are expected to establish a rigorous program of high-quality research and to pursue research and teaching activities aligned with the mission of the Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion. An interest in contributing to empathy and compassion mentoring programs at UC San Diego is also expected.

Candidates must have a PhD in health sciences or related fields and/or MD degree or equivalent. Candidates with an MD must have or be eligible for a California medical license or equivalent certification/permit as determined by the Medical Board of California and have be board eligible or certified in their related field.

Preference will be given to outstanding scholars who: (a) conduct basic or applied research relevant to the understanding of empathy and/or compassion, (b) have made contributions relevant to the field of social psychology/neuroscience, and (c) demonstrate the potential for future contributions to this field of study.

Successful applicants will hold a primary appointment in a UC San Diego department, with the department determined by mutual interest of candidate and department.

The appropriate series and appointment will be at the Assistant Professor Rank based on candidate's experience and qualifications. Series will include Ladder Rank, In-Residence with secured extramural funding and Clinical X.

A link to full descriptions of the series is provided for your review:

Ladder Rank Professor - see:
In-Residence Professor - see:
Clinical X Professor - see:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. Appointments may require candidates to be self-funded. As a member of the Health Sciences Compensation Plan, the appointee should be aware that there are limitations on outside professional activities and clinical moonlighting is expressly prohibited. Additional information can be found here:

Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego's Academic Personnel RECRUIT system 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, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Candidates should specify one or more departments of interest in the cover letter. Candidate should also speak to an interest in participating in Sanford Institute activities as part of the growing and vibrant Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion Community of Scholars.

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)