The University of California at Riverside (UCR) is implementing a major expansion of our faculty and investing in state-of-the-art research facilities to support their work. This expansion will build critical mass in 34 vital and emerging fields of scholarship, foster truly cross-disciplinary work, and further diversify the faculty at one of America’s most diverse research universities. We encourage applications from scholars committed to excellence and seeking to help define the research university for the next generation.
For more information about our hiring initiative, please visit clusterhiring.ucr.edu or academicpersonnel.ucr.edu.
This announcement is for the FIRST of FOUR positions in a cluster hire of Food, Bugs, Guts, Brain & Behavior (FBGBB) that will explore the impact of gut bacteria on the gut-brain axis and build on UCR’s growing expertise in microbiology, the gut and neuroscience. There will be a total of TWO Gut Microbiologist positions (one junior, one senior) and TWO Molecular & Integrative Physiologist positions (one junior, one senior). This year, 2016-2017, we are recruiting for ONE Gut Microbiologist at any level (Assistant, Associate or Full).
The Gut Microbiologist applicants must have a PhD, MD or MD/PhD in a relevant field and at least three years of postdoctoral research experience. Their research will focus on gut-nervous system interactions, including the brain, the enteric nervous system and/or behavior with interests in the impact of diet (including pre- and pro-biotics) as well as bacteria and their metabolites on host systems, especially those involving the brain and the inflammatory system. They will use genomic (including microbiome), metabolomic and/or behavioral approaches as well as the traditional molecular, cell and transgenic approaches. Applicants with interest in translational approaches including synthetic biology and genetic engineering to study, detect, and/or improve gut microbiome and function are encouraged to apply.
The placement of the successful candidate may be in a department within the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) such as Cell Biology & Neuroscience, Plant Pathology & Microbiology, The Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) such as Bioengineering, or the School of Medicine Division of Biomedical Sciences, depending on the preferences of the candidate and interested host departments. Candidates are expected to develop an internationally recognized and externally funded research program in one or more areas related to the gut-brain axis and demonstrate an interest in building and working with interdisciplinary research teams. For junior candidates, preference will be given to candidates who have experience in fellowship and/or grant writing. For senior candidates, experience in obtaining external funding is required.
All candidates must be strongly committed to both undergraduate and graduate teaching and will have access to graduate students in a number of interdepartmental graduate programs including: Microbiology; Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology (CMDB); Neuroscience; Biomedical Sciences; Bioengineering; and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB). The candidates will be invited to join the Institute of Integrated Genome Biology (IIGB), which contains institutionally supported, state-of-the-art core facilities in genomics, proteomics, imaging and bioinformatics and is in the process of establishing a metabolomics core.
Preference will be given to applicants whose research interests complement those of existing faculty, especially those in the Host Microbiome group on campus. Successful candidates must also have the clear potential or demonstrated ability to work effectively with and benefit a diverse student body.
The Riverside campus, situated in an historic citrus growing area in Southern California, is within driving distance of other UC campuses (UCLA, UCI, UCSD), research institutes and biotech industries. Riverside is surrounded by mountains and about an hour from ski slopes, surfing and hiking in mountains or deserts. It has affordable housing and daycare, including a fully accredited child care facility on campus.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Spousal/partner hiring is a possibility.
UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.
Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.
To apply: Application materials for the Assistant Professor position should be submitted through https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00652 . Senior applicants should apply through https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00653 .
Please provide a full curriculum vitae, a description of proposed research, and teaching philosophy. Candidates applying for the Assistant Professor position will need to provide 3-5 letters of reference; individuals applying for positions above the Assistant level will be required to provide names and contact details for confidential references. A statement addressing potential contribution to academic diversity must be included. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 28, 2016. Positions will remain open until filled. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2017. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.