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Assistant Professor in Developmental Biology

Application Window

Open date: August 30, 2022

Most recent review date: Saturday, Oct 15, 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: Tuesday, Jan 31, 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 Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) in the College of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a 9-month ladder rank tenure-track position in developmental biology at the assistant professor level.
We seek outstanding candidates investigating fundamental questions in modern biology who have excellent potential for interactions/collaborations with existing faculty in the MCB department. We are especially interested in candidates who use state-of-the-art approaches, including molecular genetics and genomics tools as well as innovative imaging modalities, to investigate fundamental questions in developmental biology, including but not limited to cell fate specification, stem cell biology, and models of developmental disorders.
Competitive applicants must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in biological sciences-related fields and have demonstrated outstanding potential and creativity during their doctoral and post-doctoral training. Candidates will be expected to develop a strong and dynamic independent research program. We particularly value faculty that are committed to mentoring and educating undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral scholars from the broadest possible cross-sections of their communities and countries.

Closing Date: Open until filled, but all application materials, including reference letters, must be received by October 15, 2022, to be assured full consideration.

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Qualified applicants should submit: a Cover Letter, a Curriculum Vitae, a Statement of Research that includes past accomplishments (2 pages) and future research plan (3 pages), a Statement of Teaching Accomplishments, Philosophy, and/or Interests (1-2 pages), a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (1-2 pages), and three letters of reference. Initial review of applications will be conducted using anonymized versions of the Statement of Research, and the Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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.

Applicants should submit materials online at:

Guidance to candidates on how to prepare DEI statements is available at:

Questions: Please direct questions to Dr. Bruce Draper,


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

The position requires a Ph.D. in a biological sciences or a related field, with significant post-doctoral research experience in the field of developmental biology. Candidates must have an outstanding record of achievement in research and show promise for developing into excellent educators at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as outstanding mentors in a research laboratory setting. The appointee must establish a cutting-edge independent research program on topics related to developmental biology that attracts extramural funding. The appointee will teach in courses that comprise the undergraduate teaching mission of the MCB Department and participate in curriculum development.
We seek a colleague with research interests that will add, complement, and build upon existing faculty strengths to address fundamental questions in modern developmental biology. We are especially interested in candidates who demonstrate originality and integrate multi-disciplinary approaches into their proposed research. We seek a colleague who is committed to participating in the departmental and college community through collaborative research, teaching, and service. We request that letters of recommendation specifically address these aspects of the applicant.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

  • Statement of Research - a Statement of Research that includes past accomplishments (2 pages) and future research plan (3 pages)

  • Statement of Teaching - a Statement of Teaching Accomplishments, Philosophy, and/or Interests (1-2 pages)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - 1-2 pages.

    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.

  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are selected as the first choice candidate. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form:

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required
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Davis, CA