Genome Center

Hiring: Faculty Director, UC Davis Genome Center and Novozymes Chair in Genomics

The University of California at Davis invites applications and nominations for the position of Faculty Director of the UC Davis Genome Center.

The director will provide campus-wide leadership for the development of research and teaching programs in cutting-edge genomics, and will spearhead recruitment of faculty into the center and campus. The director should be a prominent scientist with a highly productive research program, and sufficient breadth of experience and interests to provide intellectual leadership to genomics programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture, and fundamental life sciences. The director’s own research program can be in any area of genomics. The director will be appointed at the appropriate professorial level in one or more appropriate academic departments in any of six schools, colleges, or divisions.

To be considered, applicants must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in a relevant genomics- related field, outstanding leadership and administrative experience, an excellent record of accomplishment in research and teaching, and demonstrated ability to initiate, coordinate, and conduct research programs. The applicant must also have strong interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to work effectively with individuals representing a diversity of backgrounds, interests, and positions both within and outside the University of California. Demonstrated success in obtaining federal and philanthropic extramural funds and a record of activities addressing the needs of underrepresented minorities is expected.

As one of the country’s leading R1 institutions, the successful candidate will also demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities in higher education, such as (but not limited to) women, underrepresented minorities, individuals self-identifying as LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, economically disadvantaged groups, first generation, undocumented students or students with any intersections in between. The successful candidate will have an accomplished track record of teaching, research, or service activities addressing the needs of underrepresented minorities, and a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will continue to contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population. Applicants’ track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment.

This position will remain open until filled, but for full consideration applications should be completed by November 6, 2022.

For fullest consideration, please review the full position description, which provides guidance on application requirements and recommendations to strengthen your application. For questions regarding the recruitment and search, please contact the Search Committee Co-Chairs, Professor Siobhan Brady ( and Professor Kim Barrett (; or Genome Center Chief Administrative Officer, Ernie Hoftyzer, The application can be found on the online submission system.

The University

UC Davis is a top-tier public university, ranked 5th nationally by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, 9th in the QS USA University rankings, and 10th nationally by US News and World Report among U.S. public universities overall and for research funding. It is also ranked #1 in the diversity and internationalization category in the QS USA University rankings. The US News and World Report rankings also highlight UC Davis as 16th among “top performers on social mobility,” which is determined by the outcomes of Pell Grant recipients and other stats. Check out more ranking information on our “About Us” webpage. Please review the full position description to learn more about acclaimed university and the notable rankings we have received regarding diversity, environmental sustainability, work-life balance, and more.

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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