Assistant Professor of Plant Sciences

May 11, 2016 mariroyer
Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis
Application period May 11, 2016
from 03:55 PM to 03:55 PM
Where Plant Sciences

The Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Plant Sciences with an emphasis in Plant Stress Ecophysiology. This is an academic year, tenure-track position with teaching, research, and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will establish a land grant mission oriented research and engagement program of relevance to California (


The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking applicants that focus on plant stress ecophysiology. The appointee will establish a competitively funded research program to address critical or emerging issues related to the physiology of plant responses to stressful environmental conditions, as applied to agronomic, horticultural, urban, restoration, and conservation systems. The successful candidate is expected to establish a vigorous, dynamic and internationally-recognized research program as well as an innovative teaching program. This position provides the opportunity to combine whole plant physiology and ecosystem ecology to elucidate, generate hypotheses about, and understand and predict plant responses to changing management and environmental conditions such as drought, increasing temperatures, and salinity. This position will be central to the teaching and research continuum of the department, which spans from fundamental discoveries to applications of research findings. It is expected that this position will utilize modern and novel research tools and approaches directly or through departmental collaboration to develop a mechanistic understanding of plant responses to stressful environmental conditions or management practices. The incumbent is expected to build a collaborative research program and professional profile with potential to impact understanding of plant performance under stress conditions in California and internationally. A strong background in whole plant physiology is required, as well as a clear understanding of the impacts of environmental conditions on plant performance.

Instructional teaching responsibilities of this appointee will include Physiology of Environmental Stresses in Plants (PLS 157) and contribute to Principles and Practices of Plant Propagation (PLS 171), and Global Climate Change (SAS25), courses that attract both undergraduate and graduate students from a large range of majors and graduate groups (e.g., Ecology, Horticultural and Agronomy, International Agricultural Development, Genetics, and Plant Biology). In addition, the candidate can teach at the graduate level within her/his area of research expertise (and contribute to the Horticulture and Agronomy, International Agricultural Development, Plant Biology or Ecology Graduate Groups.

Participation in and development of outreach/engagement programs, and performance in departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to work with extension educators and partners in allied industries. 


Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a field of Plant Physiology and/or Plant Ecology. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in whole plant stress ecophysiology.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications: Application materials must be submitted via the following website:  The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by 23:59 PDT August 1, 2016.

Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) copies of up to three publications, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) statement of research accomplishments, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) statement of future research plans relevant to plant stress ecophysiology, 7) Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and 8) the names, addresses, including e-mail, of four professional references. Additional inquiries should be directed to:


Dr. Astrid Volder, Chair, Search Committee
Department of Plant Sciences
University of California - Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Phone 530-752-8527
E-mail: [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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May 11, 2016
from 03:55 PM to 03:55 PM


Plant Sciences

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