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Assistant Professor (Ladder Rank) UCSD FIRST Program Search for Excellence Hires

Application Window

Open date: October 18, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Dec 5, 2022 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 18, 2023 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 invites applications for clinicians and researchers.

This position represents a NIH funded Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) program faculty hire to UC San Diego. Through the FIRST program, we seek to recruit a cohort of diverse faculty who have a demonstrated strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusive excellence in health related fields of cancer, cardiovascular sciences, immunology, infectious diseases and neurosciences.

Through these hires, UC San Diego and UC San Diego Health Sciences aim to enhance our academic and research missions and establish inclusive environments to help new hires succeed. Candidates will present any previous experience having served as a role model in mentoring others. In addition to the highest standards of scholarship, teaching, and professional activity, successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to promoting inclusive excellence and help shape and expand the University’s diversity initiatives (

The selected candidate(s) will receive competitive startup packages to support salary and research start-up costs. Candidates may not have held a prior assistant professor position.

The appointment will be at the Assistant Professor rank. Series will include Ladder Rank.

A link to full descriptions of the series is provided for your review:
Ladder Rank Professor - see:

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

Candidates selected for a Health Sciences appointment: 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:


Basic qualifications (Required at Time of Application)

Candidates must have an MD or equivalent, DO, MD/PhD, PhD, PharmD, DrPH or other doctoral degrees in health related, bioengineering, biological sciences, cancer, cardiovascular sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, immunology, infectious diseases, marine sciences, neurosciences, or social science/cognitive sciences.

Candidates with an MD or equivalent and DO must be board certified/board eligible in their area of specialty. 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.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - No more than 2 pages

  • Statement of Teaching - No more than 2 pages

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - no more than 2 pages - A personal diversity and leadership statement should summarize a candidate’s engagement and contributions to inclusion of underrepresented voices in higher education, healthcare or society and underline any leadership activities undertaken inside or outside the university. Contribution to diversity statements could include an attention to diverse learning needs, engaging learning fields of diverse communities, pedagogical methods that address learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds, an awareness of inequities in education, research, or clinical environment. A track record of specific activities that address and mitigate inequities, follow-up of positive impact on under-represented students, and a specific plan of activities and follow-up at UCSD.

    Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

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

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination 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. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

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