Job Opportunity: Tenure Track Faculty Position - Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor at UCLA

December 15, 2016


Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in the biological or social sciences by the time of appointment. 


Review of Applications will begin on October 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.


The UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics (ISG) invites applications for a biological OR social scientist with an innovative research program which complements one of our existing areas of strength. We are seeking to fill a tenure-track or tenured faculty position at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor rank to begin in Fall of 2017.

The Institute for Society and Genetics is a department within the school of Life Sciences at UCLA, with a faculty consisting of social scientists, biological scientists and humanities scholars focused on innovative, critical research questions that intersect biology and society. Institute faculty members are generally cross-appointed with another department on campus, and develop research programs that transcend traditional disciplinary lines. Current domains of expertise within ISG include: evolutionary biology, gene-environment interaction, metabolism, big data and biology, history and social impact of the biomedical sciences, genetics, phylogenetics, bioethics and the history, philosophy and sociology of science. Faculty teach in the Institute's interdisciplinary undergraduate major (Human Biology and Society B.S. and B.A.) and supervise post-doctoral scholars or other student researchers, write grant proposals, and contribute to outreach and public symposia, workshops and other events.

ISG seeks to expand its research profile with this hire, in either the biological OR the social sciences (including relevant humanities fields); candidates should demonstrate strong research expertise in an area complementary to the current expertise of ISG faculty. Such research areas could include, but are not limited to: microbiomics and health, food and metabolism, gene-environment interaction, algorithms, data-intensive science or big data in the biosciences or health sciences, evolutionary medicine, biological and cultural/technological evolution, history and conceptual foundations of computational or quantitative biology, the social and cultural impact of data-intensive biomedicine. ISG also welcomes applications from other research areas that address complex contemporary problems at the intersection of biology and society.


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Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV with publication list, and names and addresses of four potential letter writers. In addition, please include statements describing research and teaching programs, and contributions to diversity.

The preferred candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented and underserved populations, or demonstrate an interest in campus-wide or departmental programs that provide research and professional development opportunities for a diverse student body. Please include such statements within your Statement of Contributions to Diversity.

Inquiries may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair at [email protected].