Tenure Track Faculty Position: Assistant Professor – Institute for Society and Genetics

Tenure Track Faculty Position: Assistant Professor – Institute for Society and Genetics

The UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics (ISG) invites applications for a social scientist or humanist with an innovative research program in the general areas of biological, biomedical and health sciences and society. We are seeking to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank to begin in Fall of 2018.

The Institute for Society and Genetics is housed within the College of Letters and Science, in the Division 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 the social science disciplines (including relevant humanities fields) and to consolidate our expertise in the social, ethical, philosophical and historical study of biology and biomedicine. Candidates should demonstrate strong research expertise in a field such as anthropology, sociology, science studies, history, or philosophy with a specific focus on biology, biotechnology or biomedicine. Preference will be given to candidates whose research is in an area complementary to the current expertise of ISG faculty (http://socgen.ucla.edu/people/). ISG also welcomes applications from other research areas that address complex contemporary problems at the intersection of biology and society.

The preferred candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented and underserved populations in the sciences, 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.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. by the time of appointment. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV with publication list, and names and addresses of three potential letter writers. In addition, please include statements describing research and teaching programs, and planned or existing contributions to diversity, mentoring and the improvement of workplace climates for everyone. Review of Applications will begin on October 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. All applications and application materials must be submitted online via UCLA’s Academic Recruitment Online at the following URL: http://apptrkr.com/1082851. Inquiries may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair at landecker@soc.ucla.edu.

The University of California 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: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy: (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct).
More information about this recruitment: http://socgen.ucla.edu/opportunities/.