Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology: Assistant Professor (Initial Review 11/01/21)

Santa Cruz
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September 02 2021
Life Sciences, Biology
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Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology: Assistant Professor (Initial Review 11/01/21)

Position overview
Position title: Assistant Professor [tenure track]
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis)

Anticipated start: July 1, 2022, with the academic year beginning in September 2022

Application Window

Open date: August 24th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Nov 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 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 an Assistant Professor position working on the roles of neural stem cells in development and/or diseases. We encourage applicants who use endogenous neural stem cells in animal models, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), and other stem cell models. We are particularly interested in applicants who use state-of-the-art experimental approaches ranging from molecular to system levels, have an outstanding record of research accomplishments, and complement the department's existing strengths in neuroscience and stem cell biology.

Successful candidates will be offered a competitive start-up package, will join a vibrant community of neuroscience and stem cell researchers with access to the state-of-the-art facilities, and will be mentored by more established faculty members. 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, mentor students in their research lab, and provide service to the campus and their profession.

UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution 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 underrepresented 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.)



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)


  • A Ph.D. and/or M.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in fields relevant to the biomedical sciences and a minimum of 1 year of postdoctoral experience at the time of the application.



Application Requirements

Document requirements


  • Cover Letter - Cover letter that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.
  • Curriculum Vitae - Curriculum vitae (include published papers and manuscripts accepted for publication
  • 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 teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.**
  • Introductory Statement (Research) - Introductory statement 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 (750 words max).**

    ** Initial screening of candidates will be based on statements of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion and research statements
  • Statement of Research - Research statement (1500 words max; figures encouraged).**
  • Statement of Teaching - Teaching statement (500 words max).
  • Preprint of accepted (still unpublished) manuscripts may be submitted (1 of 2) (Optional)
  • Preprint of accepted (still unpublished) manuscripts may be submitted (2 of 2) (Optional)


Reference requirements



  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 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 UCSCs confidentiality statement at
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Campus Information

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 Universitys 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 The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see

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If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at (831) 459-4602.

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