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Assistant Professor of Biotechnical Engineering

Application Window

Open date: November 11th, 2020

Last review date: Friday, Feb 5, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Nov 10, 2021 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

As part of UC Davis’ commitment to hire leading research faculty dedicated to the success of historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities and address the needs of our increasingly diverse state and student population, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Engineering at the University of California, Davis, announce an Assistant Professor faculty position in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Applications are encouraged from candidates with a strong background in any current or emerging area that will fit within our department’s disciplinary focus in Biotechnical Engineering.

This is an academic year (9-month), tenure track position with teaching, research, and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (


The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering is seeking applicants who will apply modern biotechnology and develop novel bioengineering approaches to address global challenges such as climate change, food supply, environmental protection, and human and animal health and nutrition. The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded program in agricultural, food or industrial biotechnology, applying leading-edge tools and techniques of molecular biology, and synthetic biology such as genetic engineering, protein engineering, directed evolution, gene editing and next generation sequencing to conduct both fundamental and applied research. Possible research areas include, but are not limited to, manipulation of plant, animal, microbial or cell-free systems in the development of novel biocatalysts, biosensors, biochemicals, or biomaterials. The appointee will be responsible for teaching new undergraduate and graduate courses in biotechnical engineering and technology in the Biological Systems Engineering (EBS) major and potentially in a new major proposed in the area of agricultural and environmental technology. Other specific teaching assignments will depend on the academic background of the appointee, and would typically include courses among EBS 1 (Foundations of Biological Systems Engineering), EBS 125 (Heat Transfer in Biological Systems), EBS 127 (Mass Transfer and Kinetics in Biological Systems), EBS 130 (Modeling of Dynamic Processes in Biological Systems), EBS 161 (Kinetics and Bioreactor Design), EBS 170 (Biological Systems Engineering Design), EBS 265 (Design and Analysis of Engineering Experiments) and EBS 270 (Modeling and Analysis of Biological Systems). Undergraduate and graduate student mentoring will be expected. Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and performance of departmental, university and professional service are expected. This position is expected to work with Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, partners in allied industries or other appropriate public and private stakeholders. We are particularly seeking faculty who have demonstrably shown evidence of a strong commitment towards expanding opportunities for women and underrepresented groups to increase the diversity of the campus community. Safety and safe practice are of primary importance to the University of California and this position involves teaching courses in which safety is a major consideration. The successful candidate will ensure departmental and University safety policies are met and instill safety and help build a culture of safety throughout the academic program.

We are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality, inclusion and diversity. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus.


Ph.D. degree or equivalent in Engineering related to biological and agricultural engineering. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses in the Biological Systems Engineering program, and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in biotechnical engineering.

As one of the country’s leading R1 institutions, UC Davis seeks candidates with exceptional potential for research, teaching, and inclusive excellence in understanding the barriers to full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education, such as women, underrepresented minorities, individuals self-identifying as LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, economically disadvantaged groups, first-generation, undocumented students, or students with any intersections in between. Successful candidates will help advance UC Davis’ strategic goal of improving access and building an inclusive community for all marginalized populations. The successful candidate also will have 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. The applicant’s record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application materials must be submitted via the following website: . The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by 4 January 2021.

Required application materials include: 1) a curriculum vitae (CV) including publication list, 2) cover letter, 3) abstract of dissertation, 4) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 5) up to three publications, 6) Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, 7) statement of teaching accomplishments, teaching interests in the curriculum and teaching philosophy, 8) statement of research accomplishments, future research vision and plans relevant to biotechnical engineering, and 9) names and contact information, including email addresses, of four professional references.

Inquiries regarding the application process should be directed to Monica Ferrigno, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA, 95616, email For questions concerning the position, contact the recruitment advisory committee chair, Prof. Tina Jeoh, at (530-752-1020). For additional information about the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, please see: and

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,

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a Work Life Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community,

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 actively seeking the U.S. Department of Education Hispanic Serving Institution designation. UC 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.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) are strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis--indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Including publication list

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - This should include accomplishments, future research vision and plans relevant to biotechnical engineering.

  • Statement of Teaching Accomplishments - Teaching interests in the curriculum and teaching philosophy.

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

  • Abstract of dissertation

  • Transcripts if applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree

  • Publication #1

  • Publication #2 (Optional)

  • Publication #3 (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 4 letters of reference required

Job location

Davis, CA