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Assistant Professor - Phylogenomics and Molecular Epidemiology of Pathogens with Pandemic Potential - School of Public Health
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 12, 2023
Title Assistant Professor - Phylogenomics and Molecular Epidemiology of Pathogens with Pandemic Potential - School of Public Health
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department School of Public Health
Application Deadline 10/31/2023
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Public Health/Management/Administration
    Public Health/Biostatistics/Epidemiology

Assistant Professor - Phylogenomics and Molecular Epidemiology of Pathogens with Pandemic Potential - School of Public Health

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor
Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position: The current nine-month academic year base salary for this position is $74,600-$97,200. "Off-scale salaries" and other components of pay, which would yield compensation that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. During the summer, eligible academic year faculty with available funding may earn up to a maximum of one-third of the nine-month academic year base salary rate as additional compensation.

Anticipated start: July 1, 2024

Application Window
Open date: September 11, 2023

Next review date: Tuesday, Oct 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Oct 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Division of Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology (IDV), which is renowned for its tradition of multidisciplinary infectious disease research.

Preventing and combating the next pandemic will require a better understanding of how pandemic-causing pathogens emerge, what factors drive their spread in space and time, how they acquire new traits as they evolve in human populations, and how to best design effective interventions. We seek a faculty member with expertise in molecular epidemiology and pathogen genomics, whose research is explicitly engaged in questions relevant to identifying, tracking, characterizing, and understanding pathogens, including endemic, emerging, and re-emerging agents (viruses, bacteria, and eukaryotic pathogens). Candidates are invited to apply at the level of Assistant Professor. The ideal candidate will utilize the tools of molecular epidemiology in the context of field- and/or laboratory-based, globally engaged research. While molecular epidemiology or phylogenomics are the focus of this search, candidates with parallel expertise in areas including: pathogen, host and vector biology; phylogeography; computational biology; environmental influences on the emergence and transmission of epidemic-prone diseases; the epidemiological and global impact of pathogens on human populations; or other related aspects of infectious disease epidemiology, evolution, and pathogen-host biology will be preferred. The selected candidate will contribute critically to our educational mission, including developing a modern course in molecular epidemiology that teaches the methods required for pathogen phylogenomics. Successful applicants are expected to develop a nationally recognized program addressing public health problems with cutting-edge genomics approaches and to collaborate across disciplines to develop research initiatives. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of strong research productivity, the potential for securing extramural funding, and a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring of undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars.

Teaching and service expectations will be assigned commensurate with the candidate's academic rank. The IDV Division offers the opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration with distinguished faculty and researchers at UC Berkeley and within the greater Bay Area in the fields of virology, bacteriology, parasitology, immunology, clinical infectious diseases, computational biology, data science, and modelling, among others. The successful applicant will be assigned a senior faculty mentor through our Junior Faculty Mentoring Program and provided with career development, guidance, and training to ensure a pathway to success.

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health recognizes the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all our endeavors. The School embraces open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal. We seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging through their research, teaching, and service.

The school 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:

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. Consistent with this commitment, UC Berkeley requires all applicants for Senate faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload an Authorization of Information Release form into AP Recruit as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, applicants will only be subject to reference checks if and when they are selected as the candidate to whom the hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer. More information is available on this website.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Completion of doctorate degree (such as a PhD and/or MD) (or equivalent international degree), or enrolled in a doctorate degree or equivalent international degree-granting program at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications
PhD, MD, or equivalent international degree in the Biological Sciences, Epidemiology or a related field is preferred.

Postdoctoral training or equivalent experience in Biological Sciences, Epidemiology, or a related field is preferred.

International or domestic fieldwork/collaborations

Application Requirements
Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching
  • 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. More Information and guidelines.
  • Publication 1 of 3 - One publication or work in progress (which may be journal articles, book chapters, dissertation chapters or other appropriate products).
  • Publication 2 of 3 - One publication or work in progress (which may be journal articles, book chapters, dissertation chapters or other appropriate products).
  • Publication 3 of 3 - One publication or work in progress (which may be journal articles, book chapters, dissertation chapters or other appropriate products).
  • Authorization of Information Release Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are selected as the candidate to whom the hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer. Download, complete, sign, and upload the Authorization to Release Information form

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

We will only contact your references to request letters if you advance past the competitiveness screen for the position, and we will seek your permission prior to contacting them.

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Campus Information

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

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 University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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