Assistant Professor in Genomics and Ecology of Microbial Pathogens in Food Systems

Aug 10, 2016 Chris diMuro
Application period Aug 15, 2016 09:25 AM to
Oct 15, 2016 09:25 AM
Where Food Science and Technology

The Department of Food Science & Technology in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences at UC Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor specializing in foodborne pathogens. Candidates are expected to have a PhD in Microbiology, Food Science, Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Genetics, Systems Biology or a related field. The appointee will be expected to develop a competitively-funded research program on basic aspects of food microbiology with specific focus towards foodborne pathogens. Areas of research interest may include, but are not limited to microbial ecology, molecular pathogenesis, evolutionary genomics, environmental microbiology and other related topics. This is an academic year (9-month) tenure track assistant professor position. The position will include an appointment in the Agricultural Experiment Station carrying the expectation that the appointee conduct mission-oriented research and outreach of relevance to California stakeholders.

The appointee will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate coursework in food microbiology, with a typical teaching load of two courses per year encompassing undergraduate and graduate courses focused on subjects including the principles of food science and industrial food safety, which could include FST 1 – Principles of Food Science, and FST 205 – Industrial Microbiology. Additional contributions to departmental courses and graduate education in Food Science & Technology is expected, with additional opportunities for participation in the graduate groups of Microbiology, Integrated Genetics and Genomics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, or Cell and Developmental Biology. Mentoring of graduate students, undergraduate student advising, participation in, and development of, outreach programs, curricular development, and performance of departmental and university service are also expected.

The research, teaching and outreach mission of the Department of Food Science & Technology ( focuses on the creation, development and distribution of basic and applied knowledge related to the production of foods, with a scope extending from the fundamental molecular level to the process scale. The department is associated with the Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science at UC Davis and is internationally recognized worldwide as a premier center of excellence in research.

Qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Systems Biology or related field or a closely-related field. Prior experience with food science or foodborne pathogens is not a requirement. Postdoctoral experience and evidence of research excellence is expected. Evidence of leadership and organizational skills relevant to the development of a successful research, teaching and outreach program in a microbiology field is required. The candidate should have demonstrated ability or potential to obtain extramural support for research activities as well as the capacity to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in food microbiology.

Salary:  Within the Assistant Professor rank at the University of California, and commensurate with experience.

Applications: Application materials must be submitted at the following website:, and include: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae with publications list, 3) up to three full publications, 4) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of PhD degree, 5) statement of future research plans including relevance to food industries, 6) statement of teaching philosophy and projected teaching roles in the Department of Food Science & Technology, 7) the names, addresses, including email, of at least four professional references, and 8) a statement of contributions to diversity. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, completed applications should be submitted by October 15, 2016.

Additional inquiries should be directed to Professor David A. Mills, Search Committee Chair, Department of Food Science & Technology, One Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA  95616, PH: (530) 754-7821, EM: [email protected]

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


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Aug 15, 2016 09:25 AM to
Oct 15, 2016 09:25 AM


Food Science and Technology

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