Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

University of California Berkeley

United States

Assistant Professor - Plant Biochemistry/Physiology/Metabolomics - Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Job #JPF02473
  • College of Natural Resources - Plant & Microbial Biology

Recruitment Period

Open January 17th, 2020 through Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in plant biochemistry/physiology/metabolomics with an expected start date of July 1, 2020.

We seek an individual who will develop an internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program in plant biochemistry, physiology, and/or metabolomics addressing fundamental questions in any area of the field including, but not limited to: photosynthesis, plant primary metabolism, plant responses and adaptations to the environment and climate change, plant natural product biosynthesis, metabolomics of plant-microbiome interactions, nitrogen fixation, bioremediation, and whole-plant physiology. The successful candidate will join a dynamic and collaborative group of faculty whose research spans diverse areas of biology including plant and microbial photosynthesis, plant cell biology and development, plant genetics and genomics, plant-microbe interactions, microbial metabolomics, applied microbiology, fungal biology, algal biology, and virology in the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology (, with opportunities for interactions with colleagues at the Innovative Genomics Institute (, Energy Biosciences Institute (, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (, and the Graduate Group in Microbiology (

The University of California, Berkeley is dedicated to recruiting a diverse applicant pool and is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. Preferred candidates should demonstrate the highest standards of professional research, teaching, and service and contribute to our commitment to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

The Department of Plant & Microbial Biology and the Berkeley campus value diversity, equity and inclusion as exemplified by the following principles of community:

  • We recognize the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all our endeavors.
  • We embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal.

Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students and staff who share our commitment to these principles. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion. Financial and in-kind resources are available to pursue activities that help accelerate our efforts to achieve our equity and inclusion goals.

Basic Qualifications (required at the time of application):

  • All applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent international degree) at the time of application.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate will have postdoctoral experience, a publication record in plant biochemistry, physiology, and/or metabolomics, the ability to contribute to instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels in plant biochemistry, physiology, and/or metabolomics and other broader fields, and the ability to contribute to our commitment to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should also arrange to have three to five letters of reference submitted via the AP Recruit web portal. It is preferred that letters of reference be uploaded by referees no later than the final date to apply (February 19, 2020). All letters of recommendation 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 letters.

Applications must be received by February 19, 2020 to be eligible for consideration. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Please direct questions to Joanne Straley, Department Manager ( For additional information about the Department, graduate programs and the campus please visit and

For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit:

For information about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion please visit: or contact

The University of California 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:

Job location

Berkeley, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - Statement of research describing current and future research interests

  • Statement of Teaching - Statement of teaching experience and philosophy

  • 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

    Please note that this statement may be evaluated as a standalone document and should, therefore, include all relevant information, even if aspects are also discussed in other submitted materials.

  • Paper/Document One (Optional)

  • Paper/Document Two (Optional)

  • Paper/Document Three (Optional)

  • Paper/Document Four (Optional)

  • Paper/Document Five (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

In your application, please refer to


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