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Assistant Professor in Experimental Physical Chemistry

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 $102,000 to $122,000, inclusive of the salary scale and off-scale salary components.

Application Window

Open date: September 21, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Nov 10, 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: Friday, Jan 12, 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

Assistant Professor in Experimental Physical Chemistry, University of California, Davis
The Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Davis, invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of Experimental Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or a related field by Fall 2023. Successful candidates are expected to establish a world-class, well-funded research program and must demonstrate the potential to achieve exceptional scientific excellence. The candidate is expected to be firmly committed to excellence in teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels in physical and general chemistry.

Candidates from all specialties of experimental physical chemistry are welcome to apply. Proposals involving development of innovative new experimental methods and/or topics at the forefront of physical chemistry are especially encouraged. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with list of publications, one page teaching statement, one page statement of contributions to diversity, concise five page or less research statement, and at least three letters of recommendation to:

This position will remain open until filled, but applications received after Friday, November 10, 2023 are unlikely to receive consideration. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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 or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting 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 assistant professors 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 Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Ph.D. in Chemistry or related field.
• Strong recommendations.
• Demonstrated potential to achieve a strong record in the areas of research, teaching, and service.
• Ability to teach both undergraduate and graduate-level chemistry courses with an awareness of methods that address the needs of our increasingly diverse state and student population and help advance UC Davis’ strategic goal of improving access and building an inclusive community.
• Demonstrated potential to achieve an externally-funded research program.
• Strong commitment to providing service to the department, university, and chemistry communities.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. including a list of publications.

  • Cover Letter

  • Research Statement - Please discuss your past research accomplishments and an integrated research plan for the first three to five years of an assistant professorship that describes a distinctive research program in experimental physical chemistry. The statement should not exceed 5 pages excluding references.

  • Statement of Teaching - A brief description of teaching experience and teaching philosophy not exceeding one page.

  • 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.

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

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required
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Job location

Davis, CA