University of California, Riverside

Department of Nematology


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Faculty Positions in Translational Plant Sciences

The University of California, Riverside seeks outstanding candidates for five faculty positions in Translational Plant Sciences to be filled at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor rank. These individuals will build on existing strengths in plant biology and engineering to foster translation of basic research to applications in agriculture and biotechnology with the goal of enhancing global food and fuel security, benefiting human health, and training the scientific workforce of the 21st century. 

Targeted areas include synthetic biology, agricultural genomics, sensing technology, and bioprocessing. Individuals with competency in genome-scale systems biology, computational and quantitative biology, high-throughput phenotyping, metabolism, chemical biology, and synthetic biology platforms are suitable. A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and a record of excellence in research is required. Postdoctoral experience is preferred. Qualified applicants should have a research program that is poised to contribute to the translation of discovery to real-world application. An additional requirement is a strong commitment to educational initiatives that prepare a diverse student body for the technological workforce. A competitive start-up package will be provided, with salary commensurate with education and experience. 

 The University of California at Riverside (UCR) is embarking on a major new hiring initiative that will add 300 tenure-track positions in 33 cross-disciplinary areas selected through a peer-reviewed competition. Over the next three years, we will hire multiple faculty members in each area and invest in research infrastructure to support their work. This initiative will build critical mass in 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 redefine the research university for the next generation.

UC Riverside is internationally recognized for its excellence in plant biology and biological engineering. A goal of the cluster hire in Translational Plant Sciences will be to facilitate collaborative, cross-disciplinary and entrepreneurial research that will incubate and propel basic studies into valuable products for society. The new faculty will join UC Riverside faculty, including plant biologists, pathologists, nematologists, entomologists, chemists, chemical engineers and biological engineers, with research programs that interface with the agriculture and biotechnology sectors. These new faculty will also enhance the preparation of UC Riverside’s highly diverse student population for jobs in agriculture, biotechnology and engineering. 

The successful candidates will hold an academic appointment in a department selected during the recruitment, with the option of a secondary cooperating faculty appointment if appropriate. Successful candidates will select an appropriate department and join a vibrant community of convergent discipline researchers in the Center for Plant Cell Biology ( of the Institute of Integrative Genome Biology (, which connects theoretical and experimental researchers from different departments. The IIGB is organized around facilities that serve as a centralized, shared use resource offering advanced tools and infrastructure for genomic, bioinformatic, imaging and proteomic research. Depending upon the department of appointment, the position may include an appointment in the Agricultural Experiment Station, which includes the responsibility to conduct research and outreach relevant to the mission of the California Agricultural Experiment Station (

For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Julia Bailey-Serres, Chair, Translational Plant Science Search at Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2016. Application materials for the Assistant Professor position should be submitted through Senior applicants should apply through This position requires that the candidate provide a CV, Cover Letter, Statement of Research and a Teaching Statement. Candidates applying for the Assistant Professor position will need to provide 3-4 letters of reference; individuals applying for positions above the Assistant level will be required to provide names and contact details for confidential references.  

 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. 

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.


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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Department of Nematology
Margarita Flores
1447 Boyce Hall

Tel: (951) 827-3598
Fax: (951) 827-2364