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Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases

Application Window

Open date: January 27th, 2021

Last review date: Thursday, Apr 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Deadline: The position will remain open until filled. However, to ensure consideration, applications should be received by March 27, 2021. Applications will be submitted via Applications received after the Initial Review Date (IRD) will not be considered without approval by the Dean.

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology in the School of Natural Sciences at UC Merced invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the Department with a specialization in Infectious Diseases. Outstanding scholars working on BSL-3 human and animal pathogens and/or select agents who are focusing on understanding the pathogenesis of infectious diseases and/or the host response to infectious diseases are particularly encouraged to apply. Scholars are expected to establish and maintain creative research programs that complement the existing multi-faculty specialization in infectious diseases at UC Merced and are encouraged to utilize the campus’ new state-of-the-art BSL-3/ABSL-3 research facility. Research programs of particular interest include the study of host-pathogen interactions and emerging infectious diseases caused by viral, fungal, bacterial or protozoan pathogens.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, or a related field is required.

Significant independent research experience is highly desirable. The candidate is expected to establish a strong independent research program and secure extramural funding.

The applicant is expected to contribute to the teaching mission of UC Merced by offering lecture and/or laboratory courses in microbiology, microbial pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions, or related topics at the upper and lower division undergraduate level (majors and non-majors) as well as graduate courses in their area of expertise.

The applicant must be able to guide undergraduate and graduate student research, advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and provide support for student retention and degree completion.

Applications must be submitted via the link provided below, and must include 1) a cover letter stating area of interest; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of research; 4) statement of teaching; 5) statement of contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and, 6) a list of three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.

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 Prof. Clarissa Nobile at or Prof. Michele Nishiguchi at

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to equity, diversity, 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. Please review the UC Merced Diversity Statement Guidelines and UC’s Commitment to Diversity

  • List of References - List of three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

Job location

Merced, CA