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Assistant/Associate Professor of Clinical Microbiology

Application Window

Open date: August 19, 2022

Next review date: Monday, Oct 10, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

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

POSITION AVAILABLE: Assistant/Associate Professor of Clinical Microbiology

SALARY: Dependent on qualifications and experience

QUALIFICATIONS: We are seeking an outstanding Veterinary Clinical Microbiologist (DVM/VMD degree or equivalent) for a fully funded, clinical faculty position to join our highly integrated group in Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology (PMI). Board certification by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists or the European College of Veterinary Microbiology OR eligibility with intent to complete certification is required; ACVM or ECVM board certification is required before the end of the 4th year of appointment. A valid license to practice veterinary medicine in California is required before employment (California Business and Professions Code Section 4846-4857). Individuals not eligible for a full California license can obtain a University License (California Business and Professions Code Section 4848.1). A PhD degree or advanced research training is preferred.

Demonstrated diagnostic experience and competence in microbiology (bacteriology and mycology) of animals is required, including molecular and traditional diagnostics, MALDI-TOF-MS, and antimicrobial susceptibility testing. The candidate should have experience in translational and collaborative research in an area aligned with clinical microbiology such as molecular diagnostics, new testing technologies, microbe discovery, microbial pathogenesis, microbiome, or antimicrobial resistance. Experience and enthusiasm for teaching is required, and should support teaching responsibilities in the professional curriculum as well as opportunities in graduate and resident curricula. A demonstrated commitment to the training of veterinary or other biomedical scientists and development of innovative teaching methods is preferred. The School of Veterinary Medicine embraces the One Health concept and offers many opportunities for collaboration on projects that span animal, human, and ecosystem health.

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a demonstrated ability to work with others in a collegial team atmosphere and both accomplishment in and prioritization of areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion. Qualified candidates may be considered for the CAMPOS Faculty Scholars program (http://ucd-advance.ucdavis.edu/campos). UC Davis is committed to supporting a diverse community of scholars.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Clinical: The position includes a 70% clinical commitment to the diagnostic Clinical Microbiology service in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH). The individual will be responsible for guiding laboratory testing and advising and consulting with clinicians and residents.

Teaching: Teaching is expected, with the opportunity to balance a combination of 1) lectures, discussions, laboratories, and other learning activities in the DVM professional curriculum; 2) clinical teaching in the VMTH; 3) participation in the resident training program of the VMTH; and/or 4) participation in the graduate academic programs (MS and PhD) of the campus.

Research and Scholarly/Creative Work: Creative/scholarly activities are required for individuals in this series with an expectation to advance the clinical discipline through creation and dissemination of new knowledge through documentation in peer-reviewed publications. Research is primarily collaborative and clinically focused, including diagnostic test development and validation, and the creative use of diagnostic case materials. Opportunities also exist for research aimed at improving veterinary medical education. If the successful candidate has research interests aligned with the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES; https://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/research/agricultural-experiment-station) and its mission-oriented research, a split appointment as a Microbiologist in the AES is possible.

Service: The University of California has a system of shared governance. Active participation in committees, professional organizations, continuing education and other appropriate outlets is required. The department has a faculty mentoring program in which participation is expected.

Faculty members in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis have opportunities to collaborate with research groups within the School of Medicine, the VMTH, the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials, the, the One Health Institute, the Veterinary Institute for Regenerative Cures, the California National Primate Research Center, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Center for Equine Health and the Center for Companion Animal Health, among others. If the successful candidate has research interests that align with the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and its mission-oriented research, the possibility of an appointment as a Microbiologist in the AES will be explored at the time an offer is issued.

The University of California, Davis and the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, 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 and diversity. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments: https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/work-life

The University faculty are internationally known for their distinguished academic achievements. UC Davis is ranked 10th nationally among public universities in research funding, and is the top ranked veterinary school in the U.S. The city of Davis has a population of 70,000 and is situated in a beautiful pastoral setting. The University’s student population is approximately 41,000. The campus lies adjacent to the city of Davis, 14 miles west of Sacramento, 72 miles northeast of San Francisco and 110 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to multiple world-class research and academic institutions providing additional collaborative opportunities.

APPLICATION PROCESS: To receive fullest consideration, applications must be received by October 10, 2022; position open until filled. Interested applicants should submit 1) a letter of intent outlining special interest in the position, overall related qualifications, experience, and career goals; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a teaching statement; 4) the names of 3-4 references and 5) a statement summarizing their experience and professional contributions in the area of equity and diversity. Application materials should be submitted by using the University’s online submission program at, http://recruit.ucdavis.edu.

Questions should be referred to: Dr. Patricia Pesavento, Department Chair, papesavento@ucdavis.edu

cc: Heidi Phillips; hlphillips@ucdavis.edu
Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California
One Shields Avenue, 4206 VM3A, Davis, CA 95616

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • DVM/VMD degree or equivalent
  • Board certification by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists or the European College of Veterinary Microbiology OR eligibility with intent to complete certification
  • ACVM or ECVM board certification is required before the end of the 4th year of appointment
  • Valid license to practice veterinary medicine in California
  • Demonstrated diagnostic experience and competence in microbiology (bacteriology and mycology) of animals, including molecular and traditional diagnostics, MALDI-TOF-MS, and antimicrobial susceptibility testing
  • Experience in translational and collaborative research in an area aligned with clinical microbiology such as molecular diagnostics, new testing technologies, microbe discovery, microbial pathogenesis, microbiome, or antimicrobial resistance
  • Experience and enthusiasm for teaching
  • Support teaching responsibilities in the professional curriculum as well as opportunities in graduate and resident curricula
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a demonstrated ability to work with others in a collegial team atmosphere and both accomplishment in and prioritization of areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion
Preferred qualifications
  • PhD degree or advanced research training
  • Demonstrated commitment to the training of veterinary or other biomedical scientists and development of innovative teaching methods

Application Requirements

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

  • Letter of Intent - outlining special interest in the position, overall related qualifications, experience, and career goals

  • Statement of Teaching

  • 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 https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05149

Help contact: hlphillips@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

Davis, CA