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Academic Coordinator I for Introductory Biology

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $50,104-$52,436.

Application Window

Open date: August 3, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Sep 1, 2023 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, Nov 30, 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

Applications are invited for the position of Academic Coordinator I for Introductory Biology within the College of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Davis. Primary duties of the position are training and supervising graduate student instructors for laboratories in a broad-scale Tree of Life course (BIS 2C); secondary duties include training undergraduate learning assistants and providing technical and logistical support for course lecture instructors. The Academic Coordinator oversees the labs, supervises the teaching assistants and support staff, and teaches once per year, in addition to contributing to
course improvement. The candidate will have a thorough knowledge of modern biology relating to prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, a deep interest in teaching methods and effective teaching, and a good understanding of phylogenetics. An interest in plant and/or animal phylogenetics is preferred, but not required. An expanded job description is available at This is a 9-month position with an initial two year appointment.

Applicants should submit materials online at: Please include a letter of application and your curriculum vitae. Applicants should also arrange to have three referees submit supporting letters online at the above website.
Closing date: open until filled although to assure full consideration, all application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by July 15, 2023.
The administrative contact is Lisa Blake,, and the faculty contact is Joel Ledford, More information on the Plant Biology department and the College of Biological Sciences is available online: (;

Qualifications: a PhD in the Biological Sciences or a related field; along with a demonstrated understanding of modern biology, including recent advances in evolution and phylogeny; the willingness to keep abreast of scientific change; demonstrated interest and expertise in instruction; demonstrated knowledge of modern methods of pedagogy and assessment; excellent interpersonal skills; excellent time management skills.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A PhD in the Biological Sciences or a related field

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

The candidate should have a demonstrated understanding of modern biology, including recent advances in evolution and phylogeny, the willingness to keep abreast of scientific change, and a demonstrated interest and expertise in instruction. In addition the candidate must possess excellent interpersonal skills and excellent time management skills.

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

An Interest in plant and/or animal phylogenetics is preferred. Demonstrated knowledge of modern methods of pedagogy and assessment is preferred.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Letter of application

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • 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.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Davis, CA