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Genome Center Faculty Director

Position overview

Salary range: The salary range for this position is $102,500-$244,900. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.

Application Window

Open date: August 31, 2022

Most recent review date: Sunday, Nov 6, 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: Thursday, Aug 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

Novozymes Chair in Genomics
University of California, Davis

The University of California, Davis, seeks an internationally recognized expert in genomics to lead the UC Davis Genome Center (GC) as faculty director and to become holder of the Novozymes Chair in Genomics.

The GC director will provide strong leadership in organizing and managing the Center’s interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach efforts in next-generation genomics. The director will interact with the diverse faculty at UC Davis, scientists at other institutions, industry executives, government officials, and many others working in genomics-related fields. The director will play an integral role in formulating and implementing strategic plans for the GC and in communicating with multiple stakeholders. The director will be assisted by two associate faculty directors, and existing staff members to guide the Center’s continual evolution.

As a professor, the incumbent will actively conduct research, supervise graduate students, serve on thesis and dissertation committees, and enhance the academic and intellectual life of the campus as a whole. The director will be appointed at the appropriate professorial level in one or more appropriate academic departments in any of six schools, colleges, or divisions.

The GC was established in 2003 out of the UC Davis Genomics Initiative that was initiated in 1998. Since that time, it has provided a unique, intellectual environment for cross-disciplinary interactions involving faculty from six colleges, recruiting 24 faculty to campus, establishing four major and two specialized service cores at the DNA, RNA, protein, metabolomic, and bioinformatic levels, and offering intellectual leadership and teaching in multiple areas of biology.

The GC is an agent of change to campus and contributes to a wide range of existing expertise and research at UC Davis as well as introduces new approaches and technologies for technology-intensive biological research. As one of the largest and most diverse biological universities in the world, the campus is in the enviable position of having numerous talented labs across the biological spectrum. Therefore, the campus has the opportunity to test how paradigms developed in model systems play out across biology using comparative functional genomics of model and economically important species. The GC provides a foundational contribution to campus’ mission to provide medical, veterinary, and agricultural societal benefits as well as contribute to fundamental biological advances. As the GC approaches its third decade, it is a vibrant, multidisciplinary center that is well positioned to continue to evolve its overall prominence and impact.

The GC occupies 36,842 sq. ft. located on the first, fourth, and fifth floors of the Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility (GBSF), including 8,185 sq. ft. occupied by the service cores on the first floor. The GC employs ~250 people and hosts ~25 visiting scholars, with total expenditures exceeding $25 million per year. There are 18 resident and 26 non-resident faculty members of the GC.

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 positions eligible for tenure or security of employment. 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 associate/full 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 positions with tenure or security of employment will be subject to reference checks.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

To be considered, applicants must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in a genomics-related field, proven leadership and administrative experience, an excellent record of accomplishment in research and teaching, and demonstrated ability to initiate, and coordinate research programs. The applicant must also have strong interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to work effectively with individuals representing a diversity of backgrounds, interests, and positions both within and outside the University of California. Demonstrated success in obtaining federal and philanthropic extramural funds is expected.

The applicant should have sufficient breadth of experience and interests to provide leadership for genomics programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture, and fundamental life sciences. The director's research program could be in any field of genomic biology, but excellence in comparative or functional genomics research that complements existing research strengths on campus or introduces new research directions and capabilities is preferred.

The applicant should have evidence of commitment to, or strong potential for commitment to, the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for historically underrepresented and marginalized communities, and integrating this commitment with research, teaching, and service.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research and Future Research Plans (3-4 pages)

  • 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.

  • Vision Statement for the evolution of the Genome Center

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

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Davis, CA 95616