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Marine Natural Products and Chemical Biology - Assistant Professor (SIO)

Position overview

Salary range: Salary will be based on University of California pay scales.

Application Window

Open date: November 7, 2022

Next review date: Monday, Dec 19, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 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


Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at UC San Diego ( invites applications for an Assistant Professor position. We seek a motivated, broad-thinking scientist/educator to establish a vigorous research program and provide intellectual leadership in their field while complementing existing expertise at SIO and other UC San Diego departments. SIO is a world-renowned institution for Earth and ocean science research with approximately 200 principal investigators. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. The department is interested in candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to inclusion by providing leadership in teaching, mentoring, research, and service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels, develop new courses that promote student knowledge of marine natural products and chemical biology, and train the next generation of researchers.

Candidates should have a history of innovative research activities at the intersection of marine natural products and human health. We will consider applicants with a marine focus from a broad range of fields including, but not limited to: natural products chemistry, biocatalysis, synthetic biology, pharmacology, and chemical ecology. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong extramurally supported research program that integrates with and aids the growth of existing marine natural products research at SIO and UC San Diego, and, in particular, at the Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine (CMBB,

Applications will be evaluated for research productivity, plans for the future, alignment with priorities, vision for teaching, mentoring, and service, and promotion of equity, diversity and inclusiveness.

We intend to fill one position, at either the Assistant (tenure track) or Associate/Full (tenured) level, although there is a preference for those at early career stages. Institutional procedures require separate applications for untenured and tenured levels. Candidates who are unsure of their appropriate level are encouraged to apply at both levels. The Associate/Full position is found at:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD or equivalent degree in biological, chemical, physical or ocean sciences, or a relevant field, is required at the time of application.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • 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.

  • Optional Covid-19 pandemic statement - We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a substantial impact on academic productivity. In our academic hiring processes, we will be keeping this in mind as we consider achievement relative to opportunity. We encourage you to reflect on constraints on opportunity in your field that were caused by the events of the pandemic and where applicable, to discuss your achievements in this light.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required
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