Associate/Full Professor of Postharvest Physiologist

Oct 07, 2015 samanning
Department of Plant Science
Application period Oct 07, 2015 12:00 AM to
Nov 15, 2015 12:30 AM
Where Plant Sciences
Contact Name
Contact Phone (530) 752-1843

Title: Associate/Full Professor of Postharvest Physiologist. The Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Associate/Full Professor of Postharvest Physiologist with a preferred emphasis in postharvest physiology and biochemistry of horticultural crops. This is an academic year (9-month), Associate/Full Professor tenure-track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will have established a vigorous, dynamic and internationally-recognized postharvest research program as well as an innovative teaching program on postharvest topics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The research will focus on postharvest physiology and biochemistry of horticultural crops. It is expected that the research program will draw upon practical knowledge of postharvest processes and technology to investigate the physiology of harvested horticultural crops through the postharvest chain including handling, packaging, storage and transportation, with the goal of developing sustainable handling systems.

This position provides the opportunity to investigate fundamental physiological and biochemical principles and processes that determine how harvested plant products respond to their environment and how this affects their longevity and/or quality. An intended outcome of these discoveries will be the development of improved postharvest handling practices and/or technologies that will ultimately improve the postharvest quality of fruits, vegetables or ornamentals. Candidates with a strong background in plant physiology and biochemistry are desired. The incumbent will be expected to maintain an internationally-recognized research program and professional profile. There exist exceptional research opportunities related to postharvest physiology and handling of specialty crops grown in California as well as in international settings. The faculty of the Department of Plant Sciences has expertise in a broad range of topics relevant to postharvest biology and technology and there are numerous colleagues in the Departments of Food Science and Technology and Biological and Agricultural Engineering working with harvested produce, providing many opportunities for collaboration on topics of interest to the candidate. Consequently, the ability to work proactively and provide leadership within collaborative and multi-disciplinary teams will be crucial to success in this position. In addition, the ability to work with industry is required to help apply knowledge of postharvest biology to develop and optimize commercially-relevant postharvest management strategies.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to teaching postharvest courses in the Plant Sciences curriculum, and potentially develop new courses in their area of expertise. For instance, this individual will be expected to participate in teaching “PLS172: Postharvest Physiology and Technology”. In addition, the candidate will teach at the graduate level within her/his area of research expertise in the Horticulture and Agronomy, Plant Biology, Microbiology, International Agricultural Development and/or Food Science Graduate Groups. Enthusiastic and effective advising and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows is expected.

The position is a 9-month tenure track appointment. This Associate or Full Professor position will include an appointment in the Agricultural Experiment Station. Faculty members who hold an Agricultural Experiment Station appointment have a responsibility to conduct research and outreach relevant to the mission of the California Agricultural Experiment Station.

QualificationsPh.D. in plant physiology, biology, horticulture, biochemistry or related discipline with experience and documented central focus in postharvest plant physiology. International development experience is desirable.

SalaryCommensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply: Candidates should begin the application process by registering online at The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by 11/15/2015.

Please include statements of research goals for this position and teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, publication list, copies of 3 of your most important research publications, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five professional references. Optional material: Statement of Contributions of Diversity For technical or administrative questions regarding the application process please email [email protected]. Review of application will begin November 15, 2015.

Dr. Theodore DeJong, Chair, Search Committee Department of Plant Sciences
University of California
One Shields Avenue

Davis, CA 95616-8515
Telephone: (530) 752-1843 / FAX: (530) 752-2278 E-mail:

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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Application period

Oct 07, 2015 12:00 AM to
Nov 15, 2015 12:30 AM


Plant Sciences

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(530) 752-1843

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