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Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences (Advancing Faculty Diversity)

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor

Application Window

Open date: May 5th, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 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: Thursday, May 5, 2022 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 Division of Biological Sciences at the University of California, San Diego (www.biology.ucsd.edu) is seeking applications from outstanding research faculty at the assistant rank. UC San Diego is forging a new paradigm for engagement and collaboration between STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences and the Social Sciences/Arts & Humanities (https://af-amstudies.ucsd.edu/faculty-recruitment/index.html). This faculty line is one of 13 ladder-rank faculty positions that unites STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences departments and African American and the Black Diaspora Studies through innovative research, coordinated teaching, and targeted service. Faculty will have multiple opportunities to engage with scholars across UCSD disciplines to address issues of race and racism, access and equity, and social and political influences focused on STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences, while also working within their home departments and professional communities.

Faculty holding these positions will be expected to design and teach undergraduate courses that align with the African American Studies Minor (AASM). They may also demonstrate the equivalent through service to the AASM and by mentoring undergraduate students. We seek candidates whose research, teaching, and service advance anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and justice in STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences. We welcome candidates whose experiences have facilitated their understandings of traditionally underrepresented racial minority communities. Faculty are expected to have an inclusive stance on mentoring and advising that incorporates working with women and underrepresented racial minority undergraduate and graduate students.

The Division of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego is a renowned center of scientific discovery, innovation, and collaboration. Our large research base spans many areas of biology and has one of the most vibrant graduate programs in the country. We are committed to both academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

The Four Sections in the Division of Biological Sciences include:

Cell & Developmental Biology: Areas of study include mechanistic analysis at multiple levels of: cell structure and function, the developmental biology of multicellular organisms, cutting-edge investigations into plant biology, and pathogenesis.
Ecology, Behavior, & Evolution: Areas of study are focused on investigating ecological and evolutionary processes operating at the level of individuals, populations, species, and communities.
Molecular Biology: Areas of study include the mechanisms of gene expression and function at the cellular and organismal levels, the study of normal and pathogenic microbes, and the study of immunology.
Neurobiology: Areas of interest include multi-level analysis of brain circuits, neural networks, sensory receptors, neurotransmitter regulation, and computational models of behavior.

Basic qualifications:
-PhD (or equivalent degree) in Biology or related field;

-Demonstrated pursuit of innovative research in areas aligned with one of the four Sections within the Division of Biological Sciences (see position description);

-Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels;

-Demonstrated creation of or contribution to programs that aim to increase access and success of underrepresented students or faculty in the sciences, or have detailed plans to accomplish such goals;

-Strong candidates will have a research agenda easily related to factors of race/ethnicity, as well as previous experiences teaching, mentoring, and supporting the advancement of underrepresented racial minority students, and a record of service activities that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion;

-Strong candidates will also have experience with or the desire to engage in interdisciplinary conversations and scholarship across UCSD disciplines.

Review of applications will commence on June 30, 2021 and will continue until positions are filled. Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego’s Academic Personnel RECRUIT System at https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/JPF02702.

For applicants with interest in spousal/partner employment, please see https://aps.ucsd.edu/recruitment/pop/index.html for the UC San Diego Partner Opportunities Program.

UC San Diego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity (http://diversity.ucsd.edu/). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Job location

San Diego, CA