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Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology: Assistant Professor in Molecular Biology (Open Until Filled; Initial Review 11/23/16)

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The Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology Department at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for 1-2 tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level in Molecular Biology. Applicants should be addressing fundamental questions in molecular biology using state-of-the-art experimental approaches and have an outstanding record of research accomplishments. We particularly encourage applicants who complement the department's existing strengths in studying RNA, chromatin, cell division, macromolecular structure, and neuroscience and use quantitative methods. Candidates will be expected to establish a vigorous externally funded research program, contribute to the intellectual vitality of the UCSC scientific community, teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the classroom and through mentorship, and provide service to the campus and their profession. The successful candidate will be able to work with students, faculty, and staff from a range of social and cultural backgrounds, and we especially welcome applicants who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the UCSC academic community through research, teaching, and/or service.

RANK: Assistant Professor

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, academic year (9-month) basis

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent foreign degree in biology or a related field and postdoctoral research experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2017, with academic year beginning September 2017.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system and must include: 1) Cover letter; 2) Curriculum vitae including a list of published manuscripts and pre-prints (no "in preparation"); 3) Introductory statement describing: a. your most significant scientific accomplishments as a graduate student, b. your most significant scientific accomplishments as a postdoc, c. your overall goals and vision for a research program at UCSC, and d. the experience and qualifications that make you particularly well-suited to achieve those goals (750 words max); 4) Research statement (1500 words max; figures encouraged); 5) Teaching statement (500 words max); and 6) Three letters of reference.* Applicants are invited to submit an optional statement addressing their past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

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Refer to Position #JPF00393-17 in all correspondence.

*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

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on November 23, 2016. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than 6/30/2018.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, CA

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Document requirements
  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. including a list of published manuscripts and pre-prints, no "in preparation"

  • Introductory Statement - Please see position description for elements to include in your statement

  • Research Statement - 1500 words max; figures encouraged

  • Teaching Statement - 500 words max

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required