Assistant Professor - Fungal Biology - Department of Plant and Microbial Biology
Position overviewPosition title: Assistant Professor Salary range: The posted UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position: https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2023-24/oct-2023-acad-salary-scales/t1.pdf. The current base salary range for this position is $74,600-$97,200. "Off-scale salaries" and other components of pay, which would yield compensation that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Anticipated start: July 01, 2024
Application Window Open date: September 13, 2023
Next review date:Wednesday, Nov 1, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Wednesday, Nov 1, 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 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology in the Rausser College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in fungal biology.
The department is a community of scholars whose research advances knowledge in plant and microbial systems in terms of biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, genetics and genomics, ecology, evolution, and pathogenesis, and their applications to ecosystems, agriculture, bioenergy, biomedicine, and biotechnology. Our undergraduate students have a choice of vibrant majors that span the disciplines in the department, and we administer top-ranked Ph.D. programs in microbiology and plant biology. Our researchers benefit from opportunities for interactions and collaborations with other biological science departments and units on campus, including the Innovative Genomics Institute (https://innovativegenomics.org/), the Energy Biosciences Institute (https://energybiosciencesinstitute.org/), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (https://biosciences.lbl.gov/) and the Food Institute (https://food.berkeley.edu/).
Our current search is for applicants with interests in teaching and mentoring the next generation of scientists, and for research on fungi at any scale, from molecules and cells to colonies and ecosystems. Interests of the department for this hire include, but are not limited to, basic biology of fungi, e.g. fungal genetics, biochemistry, development, metabolism, and ecology; mechanisms by which fungi interact with eukaryotes, e.g. in mycorrhizal fungi and other plant mutualists, and in fungal pathogens of plants or animals; interactions of fungi with bacteria or other microbes; the biology of fungal breakdown of plant material as it pertains to carbon cycling, wildfire recovery, and biotechnology applications; and other biotechnology-relevant facets of fungal biology, e.g. fungal production of secondary metabolites as drugs, fungi as seed amendments for agricultural use, and fungi as alternative food, leather, and building materials.
The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology values diversity, equity, and inclusion as exemplified by the following principles of community: we recognize the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all our endeavors; we embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal.
The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit: http://ofew.berkeley.edu/new-faculty
The Department and UC Berkeley use inclusive hiring practices. We encourage potential candidates to see their career accomplishments holistically, as we do, and to make the decision to apply even if they do not see their experience as conforming strictly to each of the preferred qualifications in this job description. Any candidate who is excited about fungal research and teaching/mentoring at UC Berkeley belongs on our list for consideration of our open position.
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Qualifications Basic qualifications (required at time of application) PhD (or equivalent international degree), or enrolled in PhD or equivalent international degree-granting program at the time of application.
Preferred qualifications The ideal candidate will:
Demonstrate evidence of strong research productivity, potential for funding, and a commitment to excellence in teaching and research mentoring of undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs.
Demonstrate evidence of expertise and scholarship within a relevant field such as, but not limited to, basic biology of fungi, e.g. fungal genetics, biochemistry, development, metabolism, and ecology; mechanisms by which fungi interact with eukaryotes, e.g. in mycorrhizal fungi and other plant mutualists, and in fungal pathogens of plants or animals; interactions of fungi with bacteria or other microbes; the biology of fungal breakdown of plant material as it pertains to carbon cycling, wildfire recovery, and biotechnology applications; and other biotechnology-relevant facets of fungal biology, e.g. fungal production of secondary metabolites as drugs, fungi as seed amendments for agricultural use, and fungi as alternative food, leather, and building materials.
Demonstrate strong research skills and a potential to establish an innovative research agenda, to communicate their work effectively to a broader public, and to work with other researchers from diverse disciplines.
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