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Assistant Professor in Bioengineering

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor in Bioengineering
Salary range: Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC academic salary scales
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: July 1, 2022
Position duration: Tenure-Track

Application Window

Open date: December 20th, 2021

Most recent review date: Sunday, May 15, 2022 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: Friday, Jul 1, 2022 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

The Department of Bioengineering at the University of California Merced invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering with focus on Biomolecular Engineering and Biotechnology. The Assistant Professor will work on the manipulation, engineering, and design of biomolecular components (proteins, nucleic acids, lipids), cellular components and cells for novel applications in biotechnology that address scientific and engineering issues of high societal impact related to human health, energy, and the environment.

We are specifically interested in applicants who develop approaches and applications within the following areas:
• Protein Engineering and Design, Directed Evolution
• Protein and Nucleic Acid Therapeutics, Vaccines, and Diagnostics
• Smart Drug and Gene Delivery Systems
• Nano-Biotechnology
• Biosensors for Medicine, Environment and Agriculture
• Metabolic Engineering
• Nucleic Acid Engineering
• Bioprocess Engineering
• Biomolecular Adaptive/Responsive Nanostructured Materials
• Synthetic Biology

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. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is 14 days after their first date of employment.


Basic qualifications
  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in biochemical engineering, bioengineering, chemical engineering or related science and engineering fields (preferred by July 1, 2021, must be conferred by June 30, 2021).
  • Demonstrated record of research.
Preferred qualifications
  • Applicants are expected to have demonstrated potential for excellence in research.
  • Applicants are expected to develop externally funded research programs.
  • Applicants are expected to be committed to join efforts to increase diversity at UC Merced.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

Please be sure to initiate the request to your reference letters in the system otherwise your application will be considered incomplete and ineligible for consideration by the Search Committee.

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Campus Information

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 (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 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 (

UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (

Job location

Merced, CA