Assistant Professor in Biological Resilience – Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

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Position title: Assistant Professor
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023
Open date: October 7, 2022

Next review date: Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

The Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Department at the University of California Santa Barbara is building a program in Biological Resilience and invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level with an anticipated start date of July 01, 2023. Resilience can be broadly defined as the ability to function or even thrive in the face of changing environments and internal states. Biological resilience is found at all scales, from molecules to signaling pathways, cells, tissues, organisms, and communities. Applicants for this position should have a record of creative, cutting edge research that relates to some aspect of biological resilience. Examples of these topics include - but are not limited to - cellular and organismal stress responses, wound healing, extremophiles, stem cells and regeneration, drug resistance, immune responses, and adaptive cellular or organismal behaviors.

Diverse perspectives are essential for maximizing research potential. As a Hispanic-serving and an Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UCSB. Activities demonstrating these core values will be highly regarded in hiring and tenure decisions. We seek candidates who are committed to serving our diverse student body through undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentoring. We encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

Our department offers generous start-up packages, a lively intellectual environment, and state-of the art facilities. New faculty will have access to students from departmental and interdepartmental graduate programs and resources such as junior faculty mentoring programs. The University of California at Santa Barbara is renowned for interdisciplinary research, and new faculty will be embedded in a richly collaborative environment that nurtures creativity though campus-wide initiatives, including those in Bioengineering, Neuroscience, Data Driven Biology, Mechanobiology, and Marine Science.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
PhD in Cell Biology or related field at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications
Postdoctoral experience and peer-reviewed research publications in Cell Biology or related field

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

Cover Letter - To facilitate unbiased review of applications, on a single page with reasonable formatting, please concisely introduce us to your research question and highlight your unique qualifications.

Statement of Research - The search committee will use this document to evaluate your potential to develop and grow a creative, independent research program. Please provide the following items:

● Summary. Provide an abstract of your proposed research (max 250 words).
● Relevant background. What do we need to know in order to evaluate your potential to conduct the proposed research?
● Proposed research. What questions will you ask as an independent investigator and how do you envision answering these questions?
● A research program that you will pursue as an independent investigator.
● Max length of 2.5 pages.

Statement of Teaching - The search committee will use this document to evaluate your potential as an instructor. Please provide a statement that includes:

● Teaching and mentorship experiences to date
● A brief summary of your teaching philosophy
● One or more topics that you would be interested in teaching

Statement of Contributions to Diversity - The search committee will use this document to evaluate your potential to contribute to the diversity of UC Santa Barbara. Please provide a statement that includes:

● Describe one or more specific experiences that have influenced your understanding of the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion and/or the need to make constructive change
● Describe inclusion or outreach activities you have participated in to date and indicate what was effective and what could be improved
● Specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired
● Max length of 1 page.

Reference requirements
3-5 letters of reference required
Applicants should provide the names and contact information for 3-5 references and must request letters of reference within the system in order to complete application requirements

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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