Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology and
Chief Scientific Director, Innovative Genomics Institute 
University of California, Berkeley

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) at the University of California, Berkeley seeks candidates for a new position, Professor in Molecular & Cell Biology and Chief Scientific Director of the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI). The expected start date is July 1, 2019.

MCB is the home of fundamental discoveries of transformative importance including the first developments for Immunotherapy for Cancer and checkpoint intervention, the discovery of the Telomerase enzyme and now CRISPR/CAS genome editing. The present and future discoveries facilitated by the genome editing revolution have made it critical for UC Berkeley to appoint a senior faculty member who is immersed in the broad applications of genome editing and knowledgeable about the opportunities and societal challenges of genome editing technologies as they are deployed around the world.

We seek an experienced researcher and instructor adept with disruptive technology and ideas to join our faculty and lead research at the intersection of paradigm-shifting basic science discoveries and societal good and to train our future biologists. The successful candidate will also serve as the Chief Scientific Director for the IGI (50%), providing senior team leadership and strategic thinking in the direction and development of initiatives including establishing clinical trials in biomedicine and field trials in agriculture, developing new philanthropic and grant support, and engaging in strategic planning.

The Berkeley campus values diversity, equity and inclusion as exemplified by the following principles of community:


  • We recognize the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all our endeavors.
  • We embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal.

Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students and staff who share our commitment to these principles. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion. Financial and in-kind resources are available to pursue activities that help accelerate our efforts to achieve our equity and inclusion goals. For more information, visit

Basic qualifications (required at the time of application):
A Ph.D. and/or M.D. or equivalent international degree is required at the time of application

Additional qualifications (required at the time of application):
Five or more years of experience leading or directing technology development related to genome editing.

Preferred qualifications (by start date):

  • A Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology, or a related field
  • Ability to teach and mentor students at all academic levels
  • A record of extramural research funding or serving as principle investigator
  • Experience directing and/or developing initiatives translating genome-editing
    based discovery to real-world applications (e.g. enabling genome-editing approaches in clinical settings to address critical unmet medical needs; deploying genome-editing approaches to agricultural crops with a global footprint; and/or developing applications of genome editing and cell engineering in industrial settings including new genome editing systems)
  • A proven record of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion through teaching, research, and/or service


Applications must be received by October 29, 2018. To apply, complete an application with the following required documents at:

  • Cover Letter summarizing your interest and qualifications for this position
  • Curriculum Vitae: your most recently updated C.V.
  • Summary of Research and Directing Experience: a summary of your ongoing and
    planned research program and leadership or director experience.
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: a 2 - 3 page statement including your understanding of these issues, your record of activities, and your specific plans/ goals for advancing equity. ( See
  • Summary of Teaching and Service Experience: a summary of teaching experience and interests.
  • Publications List: A complete list of publications

Applicants should provide the names and contact information for three references who will be contacted for letters only if you are a finalist for the position, and you give permission to do so. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. (

Please direct questions to, with a note indicating this Search # JPF01786.

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley, is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research, and service. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit:

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. The department is also interested in individuals who may have had non-traditional career paths or who may have taken time off for family reasons (e.g., children, disabled, or elderly), or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academe (e.g., in professional or industry service).For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: