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Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology: Asst Prof in Environmental Health Science (Open Until Filled; Initial Review 11/30/18)

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 1st, 2018
Next review date: November 30th, 2018
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: June 30th, 2019
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.


The Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an assistant professor (tenure track) level position in the area of environmental health, emphasizing a mechanistic understanding of how organisms are affected by environmentally-derived stressors, including chemical or biological agents. Possible broader areas of research might include, but are not limited to, exposome/exposure biology, mechanisms of contaminant action and defense, gene-environment interactions, or microbiome-contaminant interactions that influence host susceptibility. Candidates should have evidence of a well-developed research trajectory, and experience and/or demonstrated potential for teaching and mentoring at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The successful applicant will be expected to develop a robust extramurally-funded research program, advise and mentor Ph.D. and M.S. degree students, and teach graduate and undergraduate courses within the areas of environmental and organismal health. This position carries academic and service responsibilities for the department and university. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a high proportion of first-in-family undergraduate students.

We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented 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.

Assistant Professor (tenure-track)

Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).

Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in an area related to environmental health sciences, toxicology, molecular biology or other biomolecular sciences field; at least one year of postdoctoral experience at time of application; and a demonstrated research record.

July 1, 2019, with the academic year beginning in September 2019.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

Please refer to Position # JPF00654-19 in all correspondence.


  • Cover Letter (summary of interest and qualifications for this position) (required)
  • Curriculum vitae with publication list (required)
  • Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service (required) Guidelines on diversity statements can be viewed at
  • Research Statement that summarizes in approximately 2000 words: (i) most significant research accomplishments, (ii) ongoing research, and (iii) planned research program (required)
  • Statement of Teaching (approximately 500 words) that summarizes teaching interests, as well as any prior teaching and mentoring experience (required)
  • One to three of your most significant publications (required)

Reference Requirement
Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of three 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

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by November 30, 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

UC Santa Cruz faculty make significant contributions to the body of research that has earned the University of California the ranking as the foremost public higher education institution in the world. In the process, our faculty demonstrate that cutting-edge research, excellent teaching and outstanding service are mutually supportive.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see More information is available at the APO website (see or call (831) 459-4300.

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Academic Personnel Office at (831) 459-4300.


Job location

Santa Cruz, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Summary of interest and qualifications for this position

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

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

  • Research Statement - Summarize in approx. 2000 words; (i) most significant research accomplishments (ii) ongoing research, and (iii) planned research program

  • Statement of Teaching - Summarize in approx. 500 words teaching interests, as well as any prior teaching and mentoring experience.

  • Publication - 1 of 3 of your most significant publications

  • Publication - 2 of 3 of your most significant publications

  • Publication - 3 of 3 of your most significant publications

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

How to apply

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  2. Provide required information and documents
  3. If any, provide required reference information
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