Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology: Tenure-track Assistant Professors

University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
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Oct 14, 2022

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Job #JPF01374
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology / Physical & Biological Sciences Division / UC Santa Cruz


Position title: Assistant Professor Stem Cell Biology and Assistant Professor Immunology
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis)
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023, with the academic year beginning in September 2023.


Open date: September 7, 2022

Next review date: Monday, Nov 7, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 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.

The Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for two Assistant Professor positions. We are seeking candidates who have made contributions to our knowledge on the roles of stem cells in development and/or disease by using endogenous stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), organoids or other stem cell models. We also seek candidates who study fundamental aspects of the immune system using cell-based models, organoids, and animal models. Successful candidates will be offered a competitive start-up package and join a vibrant community of stem cell researchers, immunologists, and molecular biologists who are organized in the Center for the Molecular Biology of RNA, the Institute for the Biology of Stem Cells, and the Genomics Institute.

UC Santa Cruz is distinguished by our high-impact research and our commitment to diversity, social justice, the environment, and educational opportunity. We are a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), and an Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) with a high proportion of first-generation students. We welcome candidates who demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion through research, teaching, mentoring, community engagement and/or service and who are seriously committed to applying inclusive undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral mentoring practices in both the classroom and their laboratory. Activities promoting equity and inclusion will be recognized during the hiring process. Candidates selected for interviews will be given opportunities to further discuss these topics in-person. Moreover, at UCSC, all these activities will be recognized as important during the faculty promotion process. UCSC is committed to addressing the holistic needs of faculty. We welcome applications from those who have had non-traditional career paths, who have taken time off for personal reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia.
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The chosen candidates will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding, 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 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.



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, a minimum of 1 year of postdoctoral experience at the time of applying.

Document requirements

Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

Cover Letter - Cover letter that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position

Statement of Research - This statement should focus on 1) your three most innovative achievements, 2) your overall goals and vision for a research program at UC Santa Cruz, and 3) the experience and qualifications that make you particularly well-suited to achieve those goals.

Statement of Teaching and Mentoring - This statement should focus on 1) your previous formal (classroom, laboratory, field) teaching contributions and future teaching goals, 2) your previous mentoring contributions and future mentoring goals, and 3) your approach to using inclusive and effective practices in teaching and mentoring.

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.

Publication (1 of 3 optional) - Papers that represent your three most innovative research achievements, and any that demonstrate your knowledge of and accomplishment in teaching and mentoring, promoting DEI, and leadership and community engagement. Preprints or accepted (but still unpublished) manuscripts may be submitted.

Publication (2 of 3 optional) - Papers that represent your three most innovative research achievements, and any that demonstrate your knowledge of and accomplishment in teaching and mentoring, promoting DEI, and leadership and community engagement. Preprints or accepted (but still unpublished) manuscripts may be submitted.

Publication (3 of 3 optional) - Papers that represent your three most innovative research achievements, and any that demonstrate your knowledge of and accomplishment in teaching and mentoring, promoting DEI, and leadership and community engagement. Preprints or accepted (but still unpublished) manuscripts may be submitted.

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. 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 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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The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit

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. Additional information and resources for compliance are located on the campus COVID-19 Vaccines webpage.


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