University of California, Davis

Cancer Biology Professor - Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, in the College of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis, invites applications for tenured Professor at the Associate or Full Professor level in Cancer Biology. Candidates whose research focuses on fundamental questions in cancer biology at the molecular, cellular, and/or organismal level investigated through laboratory and computational approaches are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research augments existing cancer-related research in the department including but not limited to approaches tackling modern problems in metabolism, cell death, immunotherapy, microbiome, inflammation, and chromosome biology. We seek candidates who will contribute to diversity and equity in higher education through their teaching, research, and service, and who will create a climate that attracts students of all races, nationalities, and genders.

Appointment will be at the tenured Associate or Full Professor, depending on experience and qualifications, in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (College of Biological Sciences) with a joint appointment in a suitable department of the School of Medicine and membership in the Molecular Oncology Program of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. The successful applicant will be holder of a renewable appointment to the Albrecht Endowed Chair in Basic Science. Applicants must have earned a PhD or equivalent with significant postdoctoral experience and independent research experience in cancer biology. Participation in department, college, and university service as a member of UC Davis Division of the Academic Senate is an expectation under our faculty shared governance model.

Minimum qualifications

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent with significant postdoctoral experience and a track record of productive independent research with a strong history of current and past funding by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Additional qualifications

  • Excellence in research that complements or extends existing research strengths in the Department.
  • A vibrant research program with strong extramural funding.
  • Evidence of commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities, and how this commitment integrates with teaching, research, and service.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching. Must demonstrate evidence of ability to perform well at both graduate and undergraduate levels and to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses or seminars.

Application Requirements

Applicants should submit materials online at: Please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae summarizing experience and achievements, statement of research accomplishments and plans (3-5 pages), statement of teaching experience and philosophy (1-2 pages), and statement of potential to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (1- 2 pages). Finalists will be asked to arrange to have four supporting letters submitted online at the above website and provide the names of four individuals who can be regarded as being arm’s length from individuals, i.e., who have no history of collaboration or mentor relationship with the candidate. For full consideration, applications must be completed by October 17, 2023; however, the position will remain open until filled through September 4, 2024. Feel free to contact the Search Committee Chairs, Dr. Satoshi Namekawa at or Dr. Stephen Kowalczykowski at with any questions about the search or position. The administrative contact is Olivia Gilbertson, For more information on the position, the department and UC Davis in general, please visit the following web site:

Our Commitment

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

The University

UC Davis is one the largest life science-oriented campuses in the nation with many highly ranked programs in biology and medicine. The university has over $1B in extramural funding and is successfully concluding a $2B fundraising campaign. The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

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