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Assistant/Associate Professor of Crop Improvement for Human and Animal Nutrition

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The Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant/Associate Professor of Crop Improvement for Human and Animal Nutrition. The position is one of three positions sought to explore critical linkages between food production, food consumption, and nutrition of animals and human populations. This is an academic year (9-month), tenure track, Assistant/Associate Professor position that includes the expectation of mission-oriented research and outreach relevant to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (AES). The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with existing departmental colleagues with expertise in soil, water and atmospheric sciences and specifically with other colleagues in the Animal Science, Plant Sciences and Nutrition departments as part of the College Integrated Research and Education (CIRE-1) proposal entitled “Strengthening the Linkages between Agriculture and Nutrition.

The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking applicants who focus on the broad area of understanding and enhancing nutritional quality of crops for human and animal consumption. The specific disciplinary area for a successful candidate could include crop breeding, genetics, genomics, biochemistry, physiology, developmental biology, seed biology, biotechnology, or others. Research topics could include nutritional biofortification of staple crops, enhancing nutrient density, improving nutrient diversity, improving production traits of nutritional crops, reducing anti-nutritional or toxic components (e.g., mycotoxins), or many others. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate and coordinate activities with departmental and campus colleagues who have expertise in all aspects of plant biology, nutrition, food science, and international agricultural development.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program in the broad areas of crop improvement and nutrition to address critical or emerging societal issues in human and animal nutrition and health. The appointee will be responsible for teaching two courses per year. The teaching assignment will include co-teaching a new course on the interrelationships of agriculture and nutrition in the International Agricultural Development Program. Depending on the appointee’s interest and expertise, the remaining teaching responsibility could include BIT171-Professionalism and Ethics in Genomics and Biotechnology, ENH150-Genetics and Plant Conservation, BIT001Y-Introduction to Biotechnology, or another course related to plant improvement. The appointee will have the opportunity to develop programs with Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, partners in allied industries, and other appropriate public stakeholders.

The Department of Plant Sciences will provide suitable office and laboratory space on the UC Davis central campus. Faculty share departmental administrative, IT, accounting, and clerical staff support. Start-up funding will be provided based on the programmatic needs of the successful candidate. The department will provide support to initiate research in the form of start-up funds and access to extensive facilities including the state-of-the-art Genome Center, plant transformation facility, field facilities, and germplasm collections.

Ph.D. or equivalent in plant science, breeding, genetics, genomics, biochemistry, physiology, developmental biology, nutrition, or related field. 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 to conceive and conduct extramurally funded research in the general area of understanding and enhancing nutritional content of crops.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience in the Assistant/Associate Professor rank.

Application materials must be submitted via the following website: for Position #17-14-C1. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by April 30, 2018.

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 the position; 7) statement of contributions to diversity; and 8) the names, addresses, including e-mail, of four professional references. Additional inquiries should be directed to the search committee chair, Charlie Brummer (

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • 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.

  • Publication #1

  • Publication #2 (Optional)

  • Publication #3 (Optional)

  • Transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree (Optional)

  • Statement of future research plans relevant to the position

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