Assistant Professor (tenure track), Environmental Health Science

Santa Cruz, California
Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (9-month) basis
October 12 2017
Refer to Position #JPF00487-18
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Assistant Professor (tenure track),

Environmental Health Science


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 how organisms are affected by environmentally-derived stressors, such as chemical, biological, or microbial agents. We are particularly interested in candidates pursuing mechanistically-driven research that mines the interface of organism-contaminant-microbe interactions. Possible broader areas of research might include exposome/exposure biology, contaminant mechanisms of action, microbiome-organism or microbiome-contaminant interactions, mechanisms of host defense against environmental stressors, and use of bioinformatic or other computational approaches to address problems in environmental health. 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. 

RANK: Assistant Professor 

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

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

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Interest in and demonstrated record of teaching/mentoring students at the graduate and/or undergraduate levels, including students from diverse backgrounds; experience in interdisciplinary research. 

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2018, with academic year beginning September 2018. 

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include: Cover Letter (summary of interest and qualifications for this position); curriculum vitae with publication list; Research Statement that summarizes in approximately 2000 words: (i) most significant research accomplishments, (ii) ongoing research, and (iii) planned research program; one to three of your most significant publications; Statement of Teaching (approximately 500 words) that summarizes teaching interests, as well as any prior teaching and mentoring experience; three confidential reference letters*; statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. 

Apply at Refer to Position #JPF00487-18 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 December 1, 2017. 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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