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Wicked Problems, Meet Your Match.

Join a faculty driven by diversity

Associate Professor Lorena Marquez of Chicana/o/x Studies (left), author of "La Gente," stands with staff member Yajaira Ramírez Sigala on the UC Davis campus. UC Davis' AVANZA Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) initiative advances student success.

Seeking 100 great thinkers to solve wicked problems

“Wicked problems” are large-scale, intractable social, economic, and environmental problems that can only be addressed through collective understanding and effort. They are interconnected, systemic, tricky to solve, and aggressive. Inequity and wicked problems go hand in hand. UC Davis is hiring 100 tenure-track members this year from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. We'll provide networks for collaboration, resources to serve our diverse student body, platforms for knowledge exchange and support for work-life balance.

What you bring:

  • A strong record of research and teaching excellence
  • An accomplished track record of teaching, research or service activities addressing the needs of historically-marginalized students or communities
  • Engagement and activity related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • A clearly articulated vision of how your work at UC Davis will serve the needs of our diverse state and student population
  • Exciting ideas to advance research in your discipline
A portrait of Chancellor Gary May in front of Mrak Hall on the UC Davis campus

At UC Davis, we recognize that only by bringing diverse researchers and scholars together can we solve society’s greatest challenges and build a stronger, more equitable future.”

–Gary S. May, Chancellor


Chancellor May’s Commitment to Diversity

  • President for Latino Student Success (Excelencia in Education
  • Advisor for National Society of Black Engineers
  • Named among 1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America by Cell Mentor (2022)
  • Inducted to the National Academy of Engineering for his success in growing diversity and his innovations in semiconductor manufacturing (2018)
  • Received the Presidential Award for Excellence in STEM Mentoring by President Barack Obama in for his work in supporting underrepresented students (2015)


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UC Davis has spent more than twenty years advancing faculty diversity. We’ve pioneered implicit bias workshops for faculty recruitment advisory committees, effective evaluation of contributions to diversity, and signature initiatives that have provided more than $20M in hiring incentives for faculty with multicultural perspectives. Since UC Davis received its NSF-ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant in 2012, the proportion of UC Davis tenure-track faculty who identify as Latinx/Chicanx has nearly doubled, and UC Davis has been recognized as #1 of the 13 most important STEM universities for women. We offer a suite of programs to assist faculty in making the transition to a new career at UC Davis and to a new life in our region. Learn more about our commitment.