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Assistant Professor Chemistry and Biochemistry

University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Closing date
Sep 22, 2022

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Life Sciences, Biochemistry, Physical Sciences, Chemistry
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University of California, Santa Cruz

Assistant Professor Chemistry and Biochemistry

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

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)



The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Assistant Professor as part of the campus initiative in Global and Community Health. We are seeking candidates with research interests that complement department strengths in biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, structural biology, and chemical biology. In addition to these specific areas, we will consider all candidates who can make exceptional contributions to leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion and whose research interests fit within the broader subject areas encompassed by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Candidates will be expected to lead a vigorous externally funded research program, contribute to the intellectual vitality of the UC Santa Cruz scientific community, teach and mentor diverse students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and provide service and leadership to the campus and the international scientific community. Faculty will be expected to contribute to a growing research and curricular focus in global and community health, a new interdisciplinary program at UC Santa Cruz (

UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who support these values. 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-generation students. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing historically oppressed groups in higher education (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background) and who can clearly articulate participation in equity and diversity advancement efforts with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, and service towards building an equitable and scholarly environment. Activities promoting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important university service during the faculty promotion process. More information can be found:

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. in a field related to chemistry or biochemistry and at least one year of postdoctoral research experience.



Document requirements

• Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position

• Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. including a full list of publications.

• Additional materials demonstrating scholarship in science or another academic pursuit - If submitting multiple documents, please combine into one PDF


• Statement of Teaching - Teaching statement describing teaching interests, teaching philosophy, and professional achievements and activities. (required)

• Statement of Research** - The proposal should strive to appeal to both chemistry and biology audiences.

• 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.


**Initial applicant screens will focus only on these elements: Research Proposal and Statement of Contributions to Diversity. Please review the guidelines on the elements of a good diversity statement and the search committee’s rubric for assessing diversity statements. See UCSC guidelines for statements


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 UCSC’s confidentiality statement at


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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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