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Assistant Professor in Animal Behavior

Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior
Davis, California
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Nov 6, 2022

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Life Sciences, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Zoology
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Tenure Track Faculty Position
Assistant Professor in Animal Behavior


The Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, in the College of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis, invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Animal Behavior, broadly defined. Candidates whose research focuses on the behavior of non-human animals at the organismal level, investigated through laboratory and/or field studies, are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research incorporates biomechanical, neuromuscular, sensory, and/or hormonal aspects of behavior, and that investigates behavioral adaptations to environmental conditions. We seek candidates who will contribute to diversity and equity in higher education through their teaching, research, and service, and who will create a climate that attracts students of all races, nationalities, and genders.

Minimum qualifications
Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent with significant post-doctoral experience in Animal Behavior or related fields.

Additional qualifications
• Excellence in research that complements or extends existing research strengths in the Department and has the potential to attract extramural funding.
• Evidence of commitment to or strong potential for commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities, and how this commitment integrates with teaching, research, and service.
• Commitment to excellence in teaching. Must demonstrate potential or evidence of ability to perform well at both graduate and undergraduate levels and to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses or seminars.

Application Requirements
Applicants should submit materials online at: Please include a cover letter, brief Curriculum Vitae summarizing experience and achievements (8 pages maximum), statement of research accomplishments and plans (2-3 pages), statement of teaching experience and philosophy (1-2 pages), and statement of potential to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (1-2 pages). Awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues, as well as past contributions and future plans concerning DEI activities that are documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit and for guidelines about writing a DEI statement and why one is requested.
Applicants should also arrange to have three referees submit supporting letters online at the above website. Applicants may choose to ask an optional, fourth referee to submit a letter; note that applications containing fewer than 3 letters of recommendation will not be reviewed. In addition, applicants may submit 1-3 publications that best represent their scholarship (preprints or manuscripts under review are acceptable). For full consideration, applications must be completed by November 1, 2022; however, the position will remain open until filled through July 1, 2023. Feel free to contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Stacey Combes, at with any questions about the search or position. The administrative contact is Cynthia Roberts, For more information on the position, the department and UC Davis in general, please visit the following web site:

Successful candidates for our faculty position will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. In their statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion the candidate should demonstrate a track record (calibrated to career stage) and/or awareness of issues related to teaching, research, or service activities addressing the needs of historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities, and a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will continue to contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population. Guidelines for the Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion can be found here:

Our Commitment
The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant's previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University's Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled "Authorization to Release Information" into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.

UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

The UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) and Capital Resource Network (CRN) are services designed to support departments and deans offices in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. Eligibility for POP services is limited; for full program details please visit For questions regarding how these policies/programs affect academic appointees, contact Assistant Vice Provost Binnie Singh at

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We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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 UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at:

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

The University
The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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