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Assistant Professor of Biochemical Engineering

Position overview

Salary range: “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. A reasonable estimated salary range for this position is $121,600-$131,300, inclusive of the salary scale and off-scale salary components.

Application Window

Open date: August 29, 2023

Next review date: Sunday, Oct 15, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Jan 31, 2024 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 Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Biochemical Engineering. This is an academic (9-month) tenure track position in the College of Engineering.

This position will integrate cutting edge tools and techniques of molecular, cellular, systems or synthetic biology, with bioprocess engineering to address critical research challenges in sustainable biomanufacturing. This includes the production of recombinant protein, small molecule, nucleotide, cellular, or complex bioproducts for food (e.g., alternative proteins, cultured meat, etc.), human and animal health and nutrition (e.g., diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccines, small molecule drugs, supplements, etc.), industrial (e.g., biopolymers, oils/lubricants, enzymes, specialty chemicals/pigments, etc.) and/or agricultural (e.g., biostimulants, biocontrol agents, etc.) applications. This position will address global challenges such as human and animal health, food supply, and sustainable manufacturing to address climate change, and will contribute to the Chemical Engineering Department’s Strategic Vision and the College of Engineering’s Next Level Strategic Vision, particularly in the research areas of Strengthening Climate Resilience, Advancing Human Health, and Engineering for All.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a competitively funded, internationally impactful experimental research program and for teaching undergraduate courses in our Biochemical Engineering major, in addition to other undergraduate courses in the Chemical Engineering major, and graduate courses in biochemical engineering. The appointee will be expected to refine and/or develop new courses in biochemical engineering-related subjects at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Specific teaching assignments will depend on the academic background of the appointee and would typically include courses among ECH 161A (Bioreactor Design and Analysis), ECH161B (Bioseparations), ECH161C (Biotech Facility Design and Regulatory Compliance), ECH161L (Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory), and ECH158C (Biochemical Engineering Plant Design). Undergraduate and graduate student mentoring will be expected. Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. Collaboration is also expected with other faculty across the University, Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, partners in allied industries or other appropriate public stakeholders. Safety and safe practice are of primary importance to the University of California and this position involves teaching courses in which safety is a major consideration. The successful candidate will ensure departmental and University safety policies are met and instill safety and help build a culture of safety throughout the academic program.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education. Applicant’s record of engagement and activities related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment.

UC Davis is a tier-one research university and has a strong history of engaging in teaching, research, and service for the greater public good as a land grant institution. The College of Engineering has an exciting Next Level Strategic Research Vision with major pillars for research, education, and community. Our vision can be found here.

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, Steps 4, 5, or 6 through Professor, Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6 through Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment, and Acting Professor of Law through 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 these faculty positions 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 these faculty positions will be subject to reference checks.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. degree or have advanced candidacy in engineering in a field related to chemical engineering with demonstrated research experience based on at least one publication, presentation or thesis/dissertation in biochemical engineering, biomolecular engineering, biological engineering, bioprocess engineering, synthetic biology, or other biologically related areas. The Ph.D must be completely by the time of appointment.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Demonstrated research excellence in biomanufacturing.

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

• Evidence of leadership and organizational skills relevant to the development of successful research, teaching and outreach programs in the field of biochemical engineering.
• Evidence of scholarship during graduate and post-graduate activities.
• Demonstrated ability or potential to obtain extramural support for research activities.
• Interest, understanding, and commitment to building an equitable and diverse scholarly community. Demonstrated ability to contribute to diversity and inclusion of groups that are underrepresented in the academy through education, research, and/or service.

  • Statements of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will be assessed by their general quality and the candidates’ awareness of, contributions toward, and plans for future efforts related to these objectives.

• Demonstrated ability or potential to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and to effectively present information to scientific audiences.
• Experience and/or interest in advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and fostering an inclusive and stimulating learning environment.
• Evidence of communication skills and collegiality consistent with effective departmental, campus and professional citizenship.
• Interest, understanding, and commitment to the objectives of a land-grant university and including mission-oriented research.

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Job location

Davis, California