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Assistant Professor in Physiology

Recruitment Period

Open October 3rd, 2019 through Monday, Jan 6, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology in the School of Natural Sciences at the University of California, Merced is seeking one new faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Physiology. While all candidates in all areas of Physiology are encouraged to apply, candidates that incorporate integrative and system approaches to the study of metabolism and/or metabolic disorders at a basic biological, clinical, and/or translational level will be particularly attractive. Candidates with expertise in cardiovascular and/or cardiometabolic, renal, and/or general or altered (ie, caloric restriction or dietary manipulation) metabolism areas using either traditional or non-traditional models of study are especially encouraged to apply. We expect outstanding scholars to establish and maintain a creative and productive research program, to contribute to the existing research programs within MCB and other departments at UC Merced, to participate actively in the development of innovative interdisciplinary programs and research, to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and to eagerly contribute to our department’s, school’s, and university’s mission of enhancing diversity and inclusion. The faculty within the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology has been very successful at attracting funding from primarily NIH, but also NSF, HHMI, and USDA among others, and many state-funding agencies with programs unique for UC faculty.

Qualifications: In order to be considered, candidates must have a PhD in biology, physiology, or a closely related field by the position start date.

Applications must be submitted via the University’s employment website, and must include: (1) a cover letter stating area of interest, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a 2 page statement of research, (4) a 2 page statement of teaching philosophy and practice, and (5) a 1 page statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion*. Please see below for additional information.

Applicants for the Assistant Professor level should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted online. After an application is submitted, the letters of reference should be electronically uploaded by the letter writers (instructions will be provided by the application system). Letters of reference should be received no later than January 6th, 2020.

*The contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion statement should describe your past experience, activities and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with UC Merced’s mission to reflect the diversity of California and to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. Some faculty candidates may not have substantial past activities. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement. For an example of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement, please visit and/or

Deadline: With a final closing date of January 6th, 2020, review of applications will begin on January 7th, 2020.

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered 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: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC academic salary scales.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Rudy M. Ortiz at

Job location

Merced, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - 2 page requirement

  • Statement of Teaching - 2 page requirement

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - One page statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required