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Assistant Professor of Insect Biology

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 $97,500 -$120,100, inclusive of the salary scale and off-scale salary components.

Application Window

Open date: September 5, 2023

Next review date: Friday, Dec 1, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Feb 1, 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 Entomology and Nematology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Insect Biology. This is an academic year (9-month), tenure track Assistant Professor position that includes an appointment in the California Agricultural Experiment Station (AES). Faculty members who hold an Agricultural Experiment Station appointment have a responsibility to conduct research and outreach relevant to the mission of the California Agricultural Experiment Station. Participation in outreach programs and performance of University service are also expected.
The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program in insect biosciences to address critical or emerging issues in any aspect of insect biology. We define insect biology in the broadest sense. Thus, the successful candidate could conduct research in many areas, including but not limited to any of the following: insect systematics; insect physiology and development; insect behavior; insect neurobiology or neuroethology; insect molecular biology and biochemistry; insect vectors of plant and animal diseases including human diseases; population and/or community ecology of insects; response of insect communities to changing climate or land use; chemical ecology of insect-plant interactions; interactions of insects with beneficial and pathogenic microbes; invasion biology of insects; insect management through host plant resistance, cultural practices, biological control, chemical control, or genetic engineering; insect sampling and diagnostics; evolution of insect resistance to control measures. The appointee will be responsible for teaching and/or co-teaching classes aligning with departmental needs; such courses could include an introductory classes in entomology (ENT100), an upper level undergraduate course on insect biology aligned with the candidate’s expertise, a general course in animal biology (ABI 50A, 50B, or 50C), and/or a graduate level course in insect biology with focus aligned with the candidate’s expertise. The appointee will mentor graduate students and contribute to undergraduate advising. Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to collaborate with Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, partners in allied industries or other appropriate public stakeholders.
This recruitment is conducted at the assistant rank. The resulting hire will be at the assistant rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications.

Initial review of applications will be conducted using anonymized versions of the Statement of Research Accomplishments and Interests and the Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Applications demonstrating sufficient potential based on this review will be advanced to full review.

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.

All applicants for these searches will be asked to sign and upload an “Authorization to Release Information” form into UC RECRUIT. If the candidate does not include the signed authorization with the application materials in UC RECRUIT, the application will be incomplete and, as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration.

When the selection of the first choice candidate has been made, the Dean and/or Department Chair should contact Academic Affairs (vpaa_apteam@ucdavis.edu) to initiate the reference check process through email with the attached completed/signed release from the candidate, and current curriculum vitae (CV). Note, for appointment at the Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment level, the proposed step (4, 5, or 6) needs to be included. Academic Affairs shall contact the academic personnel office (or equivalent) at one or more of the previous institutions where the candidate has been employed. This may occur concurrently with the negotiation of the terms in the Tentative Offer Letter (TOL); however, the reference check must be cleared before finalizing and having the candidate sign the TOL.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. in a field of insect biology or equivalent degree in Life Sciences the time of appointment.

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

• Post doctoral experience preferred
• Evidence of leadership and organizational skills relevant to the development of a successful research, teaching and outreach program in any discipline of insect biology in the broadest sense
• 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 research that encompasses the continuum of fundamental and applied research for the purpose of developing new knowledge and technologies that address specific problems of importance to the people of California
• Interest, understanding, and commitment to contributing to diversity. Demonstrated ability to contribute to diversity and inclusion of groups that are underrepresented in the academy through extension education, research, and/or service would be a plus.
o Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be assessed by their general quality and the candidates’ awareness, contributions, and plans for future efforts related to diversity and inclusion.
• Demonstrated ability or potential to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and to present information to scientific audiences
• Willingness and interest to advise undergraduates
• Demonstrated ability or potential and interest to mentor M.S. and Ph.D. students
• Evidence of communication skills and collegiality consistent with effective departmental, campus and professional citizenship

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research - Please upload a statement of research accomplishments

  • Statement of Teaching - Please upload a statement of teaching accomplishments and 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.

  • Publications - Please upload up to three publications

  • Transcripts - If the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, please upload transcripts
    (Optional)

  • Future research plans - Please upload a statement of future research plans relevant to insect biology.

  • Authorization Release form - 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. Please download, complete and upload the signed form:
    https://aadocs.ucdavis.edu/your-resources/forms-and-checklists/forms/ARF.pdf

Reference requirements
  • 4-6 required (contact information only)

At least 4 letters must be from non UC Davis references

Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05990

Help contact: mttuccori@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

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Job location

Davis, CA