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Assistant Professor of Chemistry in V&E

Position overview

Salary range: The salary range for this position is $98,600 - $121,200. “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.

Application Window

Open date: February 14, 2024

Most recent review date: Monday, Apr 22, 2024 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: Saturday, Jun 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

Position Description
The Department of Viticulture & Enology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor with an emphasis in the chemistry of wine components and their dynamics as related to flavor and sustainability of wine. This is an academic year (9-month), tenure track Assistant Professor position with an appointment in the California Agricultural Experiment Station (AES). Faculty members who hold an AES appointment have a responsibility to conduct research and outreach relevant to the mission of the California AES.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program employing new approaches that can be applied to wine chemistry. Areas of applicable research include organic, analytical, biological, biophysical, and environmental chemistry; the key to success being a multifaceted chemistry research program with an openness to the application of these skills to wine research. The challenge of wine chemistry is an assessment of how particular component/s could interact with the diversity of reactants (largely natural products) in a wine matrix. This would involve study of chemical reactions underlying transformations that occur in wine with a focus on the origin and/or modification of compounds throughout the wine making process, including novel analytical approaches to expand the understanding of wine composition. The research program will need to address emerging issues in grape/wine chemistry that are likely to vary with a changing climate, such as those responding to increasing temperatures during ripening.

The appointee will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in wine chemistry; some examples include the core courses VEN 123 (Analysis of Musts & Wines) and 123L (Analysis of Musts & Wines Lab). Other teaching effort contributions could include, for example, VEN 3 (Introduction to Wine), VEN 124 (Wine Production), VEN 124L (Wine Production Lab), VEN 126 (Wine Stability), VEN 126L (Wine Stability Lab), VEN 219 (Natural Products of Wine), VEN 223 (Instrumental Analysis of Must & Wine), among others. A typical teaching expectation would be two undergraduate courses and a graduate course each year. Participation in and development of industry and public outreach and/or community engagement programs, is expected, by collaboration with Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, partners in allied industries, or other appropriate public stakeholders. Performance of departmental and university service is also expected.

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.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent in a field of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Organic Chemistry, Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry, or related fields at 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 the discipline of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Organic Chemistry, Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry, or related fields.
  • 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 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. 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.
  • Interest, understanding, and commitment to the objectives of a land-grant university and the Agricultural Experiment Station including mission-oriented research and a substantive outreach engagement programming.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Curriculum Vitae including publication list with ability to upload three example publications.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research - Please include future areas of research and their potential relation to wine chemistry

  • 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.

  • Statement of Teaching Accomplishments and Philosophy

  • Authorization to Release Form - Please click on the following link to complete the Authorization to Release Form:

  • Transcripts -if applicable - You may include Transcripts if you are within five years of receiving your Ph.D. degree


  • Publication #1

  • Publication #2

  • Publication #3

Reference requirements
  • 4 required (contact information only)

The names, addresses, including e-mail, of four professional references

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Davis, CA