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POSITION # 17-12-C1 Assistant Professor of Soils and Plant Nutrition

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 3rd, 2018
Last review date: March 1st, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: February 28th, 2019
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 Land, Air and Water Resources in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Soils and Plant Nutrition with emphasis on strengthening our understanding of soil-plant relationships that influence nutrient content and quality of food crops intended for human and livestock consumption. This position will focus on mechanisms of plant nutrient uptake from the soil, and the influences of soil properties and soil microbiome on nutrient availability and uptake as they relate to nutritional quality of plant foods.

The position is one of three positions sought to explore critical linkages between food production, food consumption, and nutrition of animals and human populations. This academic year (9-month), tenure track, Assistant Professor position includes the expectation of mission-oriented research in the California Agricultural Experiment Station.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded and internationally recognized research program focusing on soil-plant relationships that influence plant nutrient uptake, the influences of soil properties and/or soil microbiome on nutrient availability and uptake and how they relate to food nutritional quality. The appointee will be responsible for teaching both undergraduate and graduate classes averaging 2.5 courses per year. These could include, depending on expertise, Principles of Soil Science (SSC100), Sustainable Nutrient Management (SSC109), a graduate class exploring relationships between soils, plants and animal and human nutrition, and co-teach a new set of 2-3 interdisciplinary courses that explore the linkages between food production, food consumption, and nutrition of animal and human populations. Participation in departmental and university service is expected.

The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with existing departmental colleagues with expertise in soil, water and atmospheric sciences and specifically with other colleagues in the Animal Science, Plant Sciences and Nutrition departments as part of the College Integrated Research and Education (CIRE-1) proposal entitled “Strengthening the Linkages between Agriculture and Nutrition”.

This recruitment is conducted at the assistant rank. The resulting hire will be at the assistant rank, regardless of the proposed appointee’s qualifications.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. UC Davis welcomes all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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.

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UC Davis was ranked #1 in 2016 on Forbes Magazine list of the 13 most important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) universities for women, and is expecting to earn the U.S. Department of Education’s “Hispanic Serving Institution” designation by 2018-2019. Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its student body by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students through such organizations and programs as the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center; Casa Cuauhtémoc Chicano-Latino Theme House; Asian Pacific American Theme House; ME/SA (Middle astern/South Asian) living-learning community; Multi- Ethnic Program (MEP); Chicano/Latino Retention Initiative; and Native American Theme Program.

The UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) is a service designed to support departments and deans’ offices in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. Eligibility for POP services is limited to full-time Academic Senate Ladder Rank faculty (including Lecturers with Security of Employment (LSOE), Lecturers with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE) Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (SLPSOE)), and Cooperative Extension Specialists.

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Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. including complete list of publications.

  • Most Significant Pub #1 - upload PDF format

  • Most Significant Pub #2 - upload PDF format

  • Most Significant Pub #3 - upload PDF format

  • Transcripts (if within 5 years of Ph.D.) - IF you are within 5 years of your Ph.D., you must arrange for undergraduate and graduate program transcripts to be uploaded as an entire PDF document here.

  • Statement of Research Accomplishments

  • Statement of Teaching Accomplishments and Philosophy

  • Statement of Future Research Plans relevant to the position.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

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