Associate/Full Professor in Plant Biology

University of California Berkeley Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

United States

Associate/Full Professor - Plant Biology (Senior Leadership, Open Discipline) - Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Job #JPF03627
  • Plant & Microbial Biology / College of Natural Resources / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Associate Professor or Full Professor
Anticipated start: July 01, 2023

Application Window

Open October 26, 2022 through Tuesday, Jan 3, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology in the Rausser College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) seeks applications for a faculty position in plant biology (senior leadership, open discipline). This position may be filled at the tenured Associate or Full Professor level. Rank will be determined based on qualifications and experience.

We seek an exceptional scientist with an internationally recognized research program in modern plant biology, such as plant development, physiology or evolution, or plant responses and adaptations to the environment and climate change. Scientists whose research program has agricultural applications are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will serve as the Scientific Director of the Plant Gene Expression Center (PGEC;, a unique collaboration of the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology ( at UCB. As Scientific Director, they will be responsible for managing the UCB-related program and resources of the PGEC including research, funding and staff. They will join a dynamic and collaborative department with faculty whose research spans diverse areas of plant and microbial biology including cell and developmental biology, genetics and genomics, plant-microbe interactions, photosynthesis, metabolomics, synthetic biology, ecology and evolution, applied microbiology, fungal biology, algal biology, and virology. UCB has exceptional strengths in plant biology, with opportunities for interactions and collaborations with other biological sciences departments on campus, the Innovative Genomics Institute (, Energy Biosciences Institute (, the Graduate Group in Microbiology (, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology values 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.

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology 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 or who have taken time off 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:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD or equivalent international degree at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications

Competitive candidates will have an outstanding, extramurally funded research program, a record of excellence in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, a demonstrated commitment to university and professional service, and a strong track record of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Application Requirements

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 and Service - statement of teaching and service describing prior teaching experience, teaching philosophy, and future teaching interests. In addition, a description 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 / Document 1 (Optional)
  • Publication / Document 2 (Optional)
  • Publication / Document 3 (Optional)
  • Publication / Document 4 (Optional)
  • Publication / Document 5 (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Applicants must include names of three to five persons that may be contacted confidentially on behalf of the applicants. Letters of reference will be sought from finalists only, and we will seek your permission before doing so.

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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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