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Application Window

Open date: April 21st, 2021

Last review date: Friday, Jun 11, 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: Sunday, Oct 31, 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

In partnership with the Dean’s Office of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Office of Research is conducting a search for the Director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment.

The John Muir Institute of the Environment (JMIE) is an Organized Research Unit within Office of Research fostering environmental research that crosses boundaries among disciplines, Departments, Schools and Colleges. As an ORU JMIE is expected to be a campus flagship for environmental research, addressing complex interdisciplinary research challenges that cannot be effectively accomplished within a single academic unit.

This position, open to tenured members of the UC Davis Academic Senate at the advanced Associate or Full Professor level, will be appointed for 5 years at 50% time. With the possibility of reappointment after administrative review. The Director will provide leadership, vision, and advocacy for several unique established centers, while also expanding and seeding new activities in relevant research areas linked to climate science and environmental research more broadly. The Director will foster collaborations and develop comprehensive strategies and approaches to address environmental and health challenges. The Director will both sustain and nurture existing partnerships and lead efforts to develop new connections between campus researchers and with external partners in government, academia, NGOs, and corporations. Within the UC Davis community, the Director will serve as a leader of environmental research and outreach programs that may attract faculty from a broad range of disciplines including the humanities, social sciences, biological, chemical and physical sciences, environmental science and engineering, and both animal and human health sciences. The Director will work to keep UC Davis at the international forefront of environmental research.

The mission of the Muir Institute is to discover, research, and help to resolve pressing environmental challenges, and health challenges linked to environmental factors. The Muir Institute strives to meet grand environmental challenges, from climate change mitigation to environmental justice, through innovative research, education and outreach activities. It serves as the hub for faculty and researchers to perform cross-disciplinary cutting-edge research, engage with and inform policy makers, provide hands on experiential education and work for undergraduate and graduate students who will serve as future environmental leaders.

As administrative home of three established centers (Center for Health and the Environment, Center for Watershed Sciences, and the Natural Reserve system), the Muir Institute has grown in the last five years from $26 M in revenue to near $40 M (largely federal and state contracts and grants), while contributing to over 1,500 academic publications. The Muir Institute is also the home to many initiatives; most notably, the One Climate ‘Big Idea’ which aims to develop holistic approaches to climate change that can contribute to global solutions. The Muir Institute has also helped launch the World Water Initiative, serves as home to multiple recharge units, supports the San Francisco Estuary and Watershed E-journal, and the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety.

Further information can be found at

Required applications material include:
Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Apply by: May 21, 2021

If you have questions regarding the position or your application, please contact any of the following individuals; CA&ES Associate Dean Marcel Holyoak at, Center for Health and the Environment Director Professor Kent Pinkerton at, or in Office of Research; HR Analyst Satti Kaur at, or Associate Vice Chancellor Dr. Paul Dodd at

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • 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.

Job location

Davis ,CA