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Assistant/Associate Professor in Veterinary Immunology (tenure-track appointment)

Application Window

Open date: November 7, 2022

Next review date: Monday, Jan 9, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Mar 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

Our school is seeking two scientists with a demonstrated research focus on immunology. These are full-time, tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology is a highly integrated group studying the mechanisms by which disease develops at the organismal, cellular, and molecular levels. We are strongly collaborative with existing research strengths in host-microbe interactions, host response to infection, T- and B-cell biology, immunohematology, and stem cell research. Research interests in other areas of fundamental and applied immunology are also welcome, including (but not limited to) host-pathogen interactions, immunogenetics, immunodeficiencies, autoimmunity, allergy/hypersensitivity, cancer immunology, diagnostic immunology, vaccine development, and immune-based therapies.

A PhD and a demonstrated interest in comparative research that integrates well in the School of Veterinary Medicine is required for both positions. Additional position-specific preferences include:

• Position 1: A DVM/VMD degree (or equivalent) and certification or eligibility for certification by the American College of Veterinary Microbiology (ACVM) or European College of Veterinary Microbiology (ECVM).
• Position 2: Post-doctoral training that demonstrates the capacity to perform independent research. Note: an MD with post-doctoral training is also acceptable.

The research focus could be supported by cross-disciplinary collaborations with faculty in the School of Medicine, Animal Sciences, the Genome Center or other units on the UC Davis campus. UC Davis also has a committed track record of One Health research that spans animal, human, and ecosystem health and offers many opportunities for local and global collaborations. Our Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) has a thriving caseload of domestic small and large animals and zoological species to support clinical research and provide case material for basic and applied research.

The successful candidates are required to have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work with others in a collegial and collaborative team atmosphere, and have strong or potential accomplishment in areas contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion. UC Davis is committed to collegiality, kindness, and supporting a diverse community of scholars with an emphasis on recruiting scholars who will make a significant contribution to diversity through the advancement of underrepresented people in science.

In addition to an independent research program, the candidates are expected to participate in teaching and university service activities, with a balanced distribution of effort that also meets the needs and interests of the candidate. Opportunity also exists to contribute to diagnostic services in the Clinical Immunology Laboratory in the VMTH. Aptitude and experience in teaching and a demonstrated commitment to innovative teaching methods is preferred. Ample office and laboratory space is available (including BSL3 space), with state‐of‐the art facilities, instrumentation, and administrative support.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Research: Development of a creative and productive independent research program focused on any area of immunology is a fundamental requirement of the position, as is publication of results in high quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals. The successful applicant is expected to obtain extramural funding and direct a research program with opportunities for involvement of graduate students, professional students, and/or post-doctoral scholars. If the successful candidate has research interests aligned with the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and its mission-oriented research, a split appointment as an immunologist in the AES is possible.

Teaching: Candidates are expected to actively participate in the teaching mission of the school. Teaching responsibilities include participation in lectures and other teaching activities in the DVM professional curriculum, graduate clinical (resident) training program, graduate education and mentoring (PhD, MS) and/or undergraduate courses on campus.

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.

Our 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. Faculty members in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis have opportunities to synergize with research groups within the School of Medicine, the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (including the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials), 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. 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 Sierras. 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 January 9, 2023; 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 statement summarizing the applicant’s research program/or interest; 4) a statement of teaching philosophy; 5) names of four references (including addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses); 6) a statement summarizing their experience and professional contributions in the area of equity and diversity; and 7) The Authorization to Release Information form. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form https://aadocs.ucdavis.edu/your-resources/forms-and-checklists/forms/ARF.pdf

Application materials should be submitted by using the University’s online submission program at, http://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05367.

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

Cc to Heidi Phillips, Academic and Staff Personnel Specialist: hlphillips@ucdavis.edu

Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California
One Shields Avenue, 4219 VM3A, Davis, CA 95616

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: http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/programs/work-life/index.html

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, step 4, 5, or 6 or 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 an assistant/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 at the Academic Senate Assistant Professor, step 4, 5, or 6 level or with tenure or security of employment will be subject to reference checks.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • A PhD and a demonstrated interest in comparative research that integrates well in the School of Veterinary Medicine is required for both positions

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work with others in a collegial and collaborative team atmosphere, and have strong or potential accomplishment in areas contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Participate in teaching and university service activities, with a balanced distribution of effort that also meets the needs and interests of the candidate

Preferred qualifications
  • Position 1: A DVM/VMD degree (or equivalent) and certification or eligibility for certification by the American College of Veterinary Microbiology (ACVM) or European College of Veterinary Microbiology (ECVM).

  • Position 2: Post-doctoral training that demonstrates the capacity to perform independent research. Note: an MD with post-doctoral training is also acceptable.

  • Aptitude and experience in teaching and a demonstrated commitment to innovative teaching methods

Application Requirements

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

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

  • Statement of Research - summarizie your research program/or interest

  • Statement of Teaching - statement of 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 https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion 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 final candidate. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form:
    https://aadocs.ucdavis.edu/your-resources/forms-and-checklists/forms/authorization-release-form.pdf

Reference requirements
  • 4 required (contact information only)

names of four references (including addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses)

Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05367

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