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Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology: Assistant Professor of Biomedical Science (initial review Dec. 8, 2023)

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor of Biomedical Science
Salary range: The proposed academic-year (9-month) salary range for this position is $98,300 - $110,600. A salary within this range will be offered to the successful candidate, commensurate with qualifications and experience. The appointee will be able to receive additional compensation during summer months using research funds, subject to campus policies. A 9-month salary higher than $110,600 can only be offered subject to exceptional approval by the Campus Provost / Executive Vice-Chancellor, and only in cases where a candidate has a competing offer in hand for a (9-month) salary that exceeds $110,600. A generous start-up package will be provided; we encourage negotiations on the start-up package during the offer process.
Percent time: Full-time, 100%
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024, with the academic year beginning in September 2024.

Application Window

Open date: October 9, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Dec 20, 2023 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: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 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 Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of biomedical science, who will serve the research and teaching needs of the new interdisciplinary Global and Community Health (GCH) Program. The successful candidate will complement our existing strengths in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology (, including Molecular and RNA Biology, Neuroscience, Immunology and Infectious Disease, and Cell and Developmental Biology. As participants in the GCH Program, we are particularly interested in applicants whose work can expand our understanding of human health and disease. Our collaborative environment extends to colleagues in the Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Physics, Biomolecular Engineering in Baskin Engineering, Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology, the Genomics Institute, and the Social Sciences. We are especially interested in applicants who have a record of successful extramural grant proposals, and who use state-of-the art experimental approaches.

Our department is committed to diversity and inclusivity and we encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. We offer a supportive and collaborative environment with active mentoring, and access to state-of-the-art technology. Successful candidates will be offered a competitive start-up package, modern lab space, and will be mentored by more established faculty members. Candidates will be expected to establish an innovative, externally-funded research program with high impact, contribute to the intellectual vitality of the UCSC scientific community, mentor students in their research lab, and provide service to the campus and their profession. Teaching responsibilities may include courses at the lower division, upper division, and graduate levels in the MCD and GCH curriculum.

UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) with a high proportion of first-in-family students. UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who will work to support these values. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and individuals who are under-represented in the classroom and in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)

Global and Community Health (GCH) Program:

Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Ph.D. and/or M.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in fields relevant to the biomedical sciences
  • A minimum of one year of postdoctoral research experience in molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, or a related field, expected to be completed by June 30, 2024.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

  • Cover Letter - Cover letter that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. should include published papers, manuscripts accepted for publication, preprints, proposals submitted and awarded, classes taught, students mentored, awards, and other relevant signs of preparation and recognition.

  • Research Statement** - This statement should appeal to a broad audience of molecular, cellular and developmental biologists while describing: 1) your most significant scientific accomplishments as a graduate student, 2) your most significant scientific accomplishments as a postdoc, 3) your overall goals and vision for a research program at UC Santa Cruz, and 4) the experience and qualifications that make you particularly well-suited to achieve those goals. Figures are encouraged. 2-4 pages.

  • Teaching and Mentoring Statement - This should focus on 1) your previous formal (classroom, laboratory) teaching contributions and future teaching goals, 2) your previous mentoring contributions and future mentoring goals, 3) your approach to using inclusive and effective practices in teaching and mentoring, and (4) your plans to serve the teaching needs of UCSC's GCH program. 1-2 pages.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion** - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or public or professional service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on diversity statements (see before preparing their application. 1-2 pages.

    ** Initial applicant screens will focus only on the Research Statement and Statement addressing contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please review UCSC’s guidelines on the elements of good contributions to diversity statements here for your reference. The committee will use these rubrics:

  • Representative publication(s) - Preprints or accepted (but still unpublished) may be submitted. If submitting multiple publications, please merge into a single pdf. A maximum of 3 will be accepted.


Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of five will be accepted). Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

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