Position Overview: The salary range for this position is $97,500 - $120,100. 'Off-scale salaries' and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience.
The Department of Viticulture & Enology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Chemistry with a preferred emphasis in Wine Flavor Chemistry. This is an academic year (9-month), tenure track Assistant Professor position with an appointment in the California Agricultural Experiment Station (AES). Faculty members who hold an AES appointment have a responsibility to conduct research and outreach relevant to the mission of the California AES. Participation in outreach programs and performance of University service are also expected.
The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program employing analytical techniques for the measurement of flavor compounds. This will involve study of chemical reactions underlying transformations that occur in wine with a focus on the origin and/or modification of compounds throughout the wine making process. The research program will need to address emerging-issues in flavor molecules that are likely to vary with a changing climate, such as those responding to increasing temperatures during ripening.
The appointee will be responsible for teaching undergraduate, as well as a graduate level, courses in wine chemistry and winemaking (a total of three per year, which can include a lab course); some example courses in the curriculum include VEN 123 (Analysis of Musts & Wines) and 123L (Analysis of Musts & Wines Lab), VEN 126 (Wine Stability) and 126L (Wine Stability Lab), and the graduate courses VEN 219, 213 and 223. In response to industry input, our faculty have also discussed updating the entire curriculum to include new courses related to the chemistry and biochemistry of flavor and quality. 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 collaborate with Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, partners in allied industries or other appropriate public stakeholders.
This recruitment is conducted at the assistant rank. The resulting hire will be at the assistant rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications.
Initial review of applications will be conducted using anonymized versions of the Statement of Research Accomplishments and Interests and the Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Applications demonstrating sufficient potential based on this review will be advanced to full review.
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UC Davis is the home of the Aggies — go-getters, change makers and problem solvers who make their mark at one of the top public universities in the United States. Since we first opened in 1908, we’ve been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100-plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society.Our 5,300-acre campus is in the city of Davis, a vibrant college town of about 68,000 located in Yolo County. The state capital is 20 minutes away, and world-class destinations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley are within a two-hour drive.