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Assistant Professor of Plant Physiology

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The Department of Viticulture and Enology, in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor specializing in the area of plant physiology. A PhD in plant physiology, plant ecophysiology, plant biochemistry, plant molecular biology, or related fields is desired. In addition to teaching, this academic year (9‐month), tenure track, Assistant Professor position includes an appointment in the Agricultural Experiment Station. The appointee is expected to conduct mission‐oriented research and outreach relevant to the California Agricultural Experiment Station.

The appointee will develop a research program focused on grapevine and/or berry physiology, integrating research approaches from the genetic, biochemical, and cellular levels to the whole-plant scale. A strong background in one of the disciplines listed above is required, as well as a clear understanding of the impacts of environmental conditions on plant performance. The ultimate goal of this position will be to help develop novel cultural practices to optimize crop yields and quality based on key traits that increase resource use efficiency, on models predicting how environmental changes alter future management practices, and on novel insights into grapevine and berry physiology. It is expected that this position will utilize modern and novel research tools and approaches directly or through departmental collaboration to develop a mechanistic understanding of plant responses to management practices, and will sustain research efforts focused on grapevines but will draw upon other model plant and cropping systems to gain mechanistic insights across scales of inquiry. The successful candidate will coordinate with existing departmental colleagues who have expertise in genomics, genetics, microbiology, chemistry, and viticulture.

The appointee will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Grape Physiology and Viticulture and Enology. Depending on the academic background of the appointee, we would expect the candidate to teach courses such as VEN 110 (Grape Physiology), VEN 115 (Grape Production), and VEN 101A-C (Viticultural Practices). Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is an expected and integral part of positions within our department. This position would work 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.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in plant physiology, plant ecophysiology, plant biochemistry, plant molecular biology, or related fields. No previous experience in viticulture is specifically necessary, as long as the candidate’s experience is relevant to solving current problems related to production of grapes. 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 problems related to grape and related crop production.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications: Application materials must be submitted at the following website: The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by 23:59 PDT February 1, 2018. Required applications material includes: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) copies of 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 physiology, 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. Dario Cantu, Search Committee Chair, Department of Viticulture and Enology, One Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, PH: (530) 752-2929, E-mail:

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Davis, CA

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Publication #1

  • Publication #2 (Optional)

  • Publication #3 (Optional)

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

  • Statement of Research Accomplishments

  • Statement of Teaching Accomplishments and Philosophy

  • Statement of Future Research Plans Relevant to Plant Physiology

  • 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)