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Assistant Professor of Biotechnical Engineering

Application Window

Open date: February 16, 2022

Most recent review date: Sunday, May 1, 2022 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: Monday, Feb 13, 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.

Position description

The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Biotechnical Engineering. This is an academic year (9-month), tenure track position in the College of Engineering and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences that includes an appointment in the California Agricultural Experiment Station
(AES). Faculty members who hold AES appointments have a responsibility to conduct mission- relevant research and outreach that include fundamental and applied research for the purposes of developing new knowledge and technologies addressing specific problems of importance to the people of California, and dissemination of knowledge and technology with a focus on agricultural, environmental, and societal issues related to agricultural and natural resource systems. Participation in outreach programs and performance of University, professional, and public service are also expected.

This position 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 fundamental and applied research 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.
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, and biomaterials.

The appointee will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in biotechnical engineering and technology, in addition to other courses in the Biological Systems Engineering (EBS) major and in a new major in Agricultural and Environmental Technology (TAE). The appointee will be expected to develop new courses in biotechnical engineering related subjects at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 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 and university service is expected. Collaboration is also expected with other faculty across the University, Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, partners in allied industries or other appropriate public stakeholders. 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.

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.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. degree or equivalent in engineering in a field related to biological and agricultural engineering. The Ph.D. must be completed by the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

• B.S. in engineering or equivalent preferred.
• Postdoctoral or equivalent experience preferred.
• Evidence of leadership and organizational skills relevant to the development of successful research, teaching and outreach programs in the field of biotechnical engineering.
• Evidence of scholarship during graduate and post-graduate activities.
• Demonstrated ability or potential to obtain extramural support for research activities.
• Interest, understanding, and commitment to building an equitable and diverse scholarly community. Demonstrated ability to contribute to diversity and inclusion of groups that are underrepresented in the academy through education, research, and/or service.
o Statements of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will be assessed by their general quality and the candidates’ awareness of, contributions toward, and plans for future efforts related to these objectives.
• Demonstrated ability or potential to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and to effectively present information to scientific audiences.
• Experience and/or interest in advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and fostering an inclusive and stimulating learning environment.
• Evidence of communication skills and collegiality consistent with effective departmental, campus and professional citizenship.
• Interest, understanding, and commitment to the objectives of a land-grant university and the Agricultural Experiment Station including mission-oriented research and engagement in substantive outreach.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which includes a publication list.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of research 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 (Optional)

  • Publication #1

  • Publication #2 (Optional)

  • Publication #3 (Optional)

  • Authorization to Release Information Form - Please upload the signed and completed form.

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Reference requirements
  • 4-6 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Davis, CA