Assistant Professor of Wine Chemistry (Wine Jobs: Management & Administration)

Full Time

  University of California, DavisOne

  Davis, California


Salary range: 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.

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. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first-choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, 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, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent in a field of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Organic Chemistry, Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry, or related fields at the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)
  • Post doctoral experience preferred.
  • Evidence of leadership and organizational skills relevant to the development of a successful research, teaching and outreach program in the discipline of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Organic Chemistry, Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry, or related fields.
  • Evidence of scholarship during graduate and post-graduate activities.
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to obtain extramural support for research activities.
  • Interest, understanding, and commitment to contributing to diversity. Demonstrated ability to contribute to diversity and inclusion of groups that are underrepresented in the academy through extension education, research, and/or service would be a plus. Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be assessed by their general quality and the candidates’ awareness, contributions, and plans for future efforts related to diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and to present information to scientific audiences.
  • Willingness and interest to advise undergraduates.
  • Demonstrated ability or potential and interest to mentor M.S. and Ph.D. students.
  • Evidence of communication skills and collegiality consistent with effective departmental, campus and professional citizenship.
  • Interest, understanding, and commitment to the objectives of a land-grant university and the Agricultural Experiment Station including mission-oriented research and a substantive outreach engagement programming.


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae + Publication List - Your most recently updated C.V., including publication list

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research - Statement of Research accomplishments and of future research plans relevant to Wine Chemistry

  • Statement of Teaching - Statement of Teaching accomplishments and philosophy

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit

  • Transcripts - If you are within five years of receiving your Ph.D. degree

  • Publication #1

  • Publication #2 (Optional)

  • Publication #3 (Optional)

  • Authorization to Release Information Form - Authorization to Release Information Form - a reference check will be completed only if you are selected as a first choice candidate. Download, complete, sign and upload the form:

Reference requirements
  • 4 required (contact information only)


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How To Apply


Next review date: Friday, Dec 1, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Feb 29, 2024 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.

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