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Assistant Professor- Global Change Microbial Ecology

University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, California
Closing date
Nov 30, 2022

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Faculty, Assistant Professor
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Assistant Professor- Global Change Microbial Ecology- Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management

Position overview

Anticipated start: July 1, 2023

Application Window
Open September 16, 2022 through Monday, Nov 7, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description
The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor nine-month faculty position in the area of Global Change Microbial Ecology.

In a world driven to a large degree by microbial processes and interactions, microbial ecology provides the basis for understanding the impacts of climate change, land use change, pollution, disease emergence, and biodiversity loss. Microbes are also key to global change mitigation strategies like carbon sequestration and bioremediation, as well as adaptation strategies in managed systems like agriculture. The environmental challenges the Earth faces today are the result of interactions and feedbacks between biotic and abiotic processes, often mediated by microbes.

We seek applicants whose work addresses specific aspects of global change microbial ecology, including (but not limited to); microbial ecology emphasizing biotic and/or abiotic interactions, such as biogeochemistry, disease ecology, soil science, host-microbe interactions, microbial evolution and diversity, and microbe-based approaches to mitigate climate change.

We encourage applicants whose research contributes to an integrated understanding of how microbes shape or are shaped by global change, including interdisciplinary research that may incorporate translational components leading to solutions via policy or partnerships with government and non-government agencies or business.

ESPM is a multidisciplinary community of scholars and Cooperative Extension Specialists from the biological, physical, and social sciences and the humanities who conduct research, teaching, and outreach to advance scientific understanding and develop solutions for the world's pressing environmental problems. Home to a top-ranked Ph.D. program in environmental science, environmental studies, and ecological/evolutionary biology, our undergraduate students have a choice of vibrant majors that span the disciplines in the department.

We value diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as exemplified by the following principles of community: we accept the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all our endeavors; and we embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal. ESPM recognizes that DEI must be integrated with strategies that address the critical environmental challenges facing humanity, including climate change, food security, natural resource access and management, biodiversity, environmental health, land use decision-making, and maintaining sustainable and just living conditions. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty position will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and service.

ESPM 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, who have taken time off their career paths 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:

Qualifications Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Applicants for this position must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) or be enrolled in a Ph.D. (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 post-docs.
• Demonstrate excellence, originality, and productivity in research record in any area of global change microbial ecology.
• Demonstrate strong process-based 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.
• Demonstrate evidence of their commitment to working in an inclusive and interdisciplinary environment and evidence of their potential to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in ways that align with UC Berkeley's mission to meet the educational needs of California's diverse population (see:

Application Requirements Document requirements

Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

Statement of Research - Statement describing your past, current and proposed research.

Statement of Teaching and Service - A description of prior teaching experience, teaching philosophy, and future teaching interests, as well as a statement of prior and proposed academic, professional and/or community service experience.

Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

Publication One - Copy of a publication such as journal articles, book chapters, or other appropriate products.

Publication Two - Copy of a publication such as journal articles, book chapters, or other appropriate products.

Publication Three - Copy of a publication such as journal articles, book chapters, or other appropriate products.

Reference requirements

• 3-5 required (contact information only)

References will only be contacted for those candidates under serious consideration.
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Campus Information
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letter.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location Berkeley, CA

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