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Assistant Professor of Nematology

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Assistant Professor of Nematology
Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of California, Davis

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 Nematology with a preferred emphasis in Plant Nematology. This is an academic year (9-month), Assistant Professor tenure-track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (

Responsibilities: The Department of Entomology and Nematology is seeking applicants that use modern approaches and methods in their basic research and translate the resulting discoveries to the development of integrated management of plant-parasitic nematodes. The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program using tools that enhance understanding of plant-parasitic nematodes and host-parasite interactions. The successful candidate will extend basic research to crop plants and integrated pest management to address critical or emerging issues aimed at reducing the impact of nematodes. The appointee will be responsible for teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including for example, NEM 100 General Plant Nematology (4 units), NEM 110 Introduction to Nematology (2 units), ABI 50A Animal Biology Laboratory (2), NEM 201 Molecular and Physiological Plant Nematology (2 units), and contributing to participatory graduate seminars. The appointee is expected to teach formal courses in two academic quarters each year, and participate in curricular development for the Animal Biology Major. Participation in and development of outreach/engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to work with extension educators and partners in allied industries.

Qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Nematology or appropriate area of Biological Sciences. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in Plant Nematology.

Applications:Application materials must be submitted via the following website: The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by November 30.

Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) up to three publications, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) statement of research accomplishments, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) statement of future research plans relevant to Plant Nematology, 7) Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and 8) the names, addresses, including e-mail, of four professional references. Additional inquiries should be directed to Dr. Becky Westerdahl, Department of Entomology and Nematology (College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences), email:

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Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Transcripts - Required if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. including publication list

  • Publication #1

  • Publication #2 (Optional)

  • Publication #3 (Optional)

  • Statement of Future Research Plans - Statement of future research plans relevant to Plant Nematology

  • Statement of Teaching - Accomplishments and philosophy

  • Statement of Research Accomplishments - Statement describing research accomplishments

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

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