Assistant Professor of Plant Physiology
Department of Viticulture and Enology
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

The Department of Viticulture and Enology, in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, at the University of California, Davis, invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Plant Physiology.

This is an academic year (9‐month), Assistant Professor tenure‐track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission‐oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (

The primary research mission of the Department of Viticulture and Enology is to produce the innovations that will advance the understanding of wine and grape quality, and sustainability of production. To advance that mission, the Department seeks a new faculty member who has strong research expertise in the area of plant physiology with an aim towards solving practical problems. The appointee will establish a competitively funded research program focused on grapevine physiology, integrating research approaches from the genetic, biochemical, and cellular levels to the whole-plant scale. A strong background in plant physiology, plant ecophysiology, plant biochemistry, or plant molecular biology is required, as well as a clear understanding of the impacts of environmental conditions on plant performance. The goal of this position will be to help develop novel cultural practices to optimize crop yields and quality based on 1) key traits that increase resource use efficiency and 2) models predicting how environmental changes alter future management practices. It is expected that this position will utilize modern and novel research tools and approaches directly or through departmental collaboration to develop a mechanistic understanding of plant responses to management practices.

The appointee will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Grape Physiology and Viticulture and Enology. Depending on the academic background of the appointee, we would expect the candidate to teach courses such as VEN 110 (Grape Physiology), VEN 115 (Grape Production), and VEN 101A-C (Viticultural Practices). Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to work with Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, partners in allied industries or other appropriate public stakeholders.

Ph.D. in plant physiology, plant ecophysiology, plant biochemistry, plant molecular biology, or related fields. No previous experience in viticulture is specifically necessary, as long as the candidate’s experience is relevant to solving current problems related to production of grapes. Post‐doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in problems related to grape and related crop production.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application materials must be submitted at the following website: The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by 23:59 PDT February 1, 2018. Required applications material includes: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) copies of up to three publications, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) statement of research accomplishments, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) statement of future research plans relevant to plant physiology, 7) Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and 8) the names, addresses, including e-mail, of four professional references.

Additional inquiries should be directed to Dr. Dario Cantu, Search Committee Chair, Department of Viticulture and Enology, One Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, PH: (530) 752-2929, E-mail:

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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