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Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

California State University, Fullerton
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Sep 12, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Assistant Professor
Fall 2023

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University Fullerton ( invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in biochemistry, preferably at the Assistant Professor level, to begin in August 2023. CSUF values and is dedicated to building a diverse community. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research and/or service that they can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community.

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is a minority-serving institution and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. CSUF is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the University's strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidates will be expected to: 1) maintain an active, externally-funded research program involving undergraduate and master's students, 2) be committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse student population, and 3) devote a portion of his/her time to engaging in departmental, college and university service. Of particular interest to us are candidates whose research complements the department's existing biochemistry and chemistry research programs and/or will further expand research opportunities at the interface of chemistry and biology. Interdisciplinary collaborations within the department and college are strongly encouraged.

Required Qualifications
To be considered qualified for this position, the applicants must have:
  • a Ph.D. in the field of either biochemistry, chemical biology, biological chemistry or a closely related field, and relevant postdoctoral experience at the time of appointment.
  • a strong commitment to and demonstrated potential for effective teaching. Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate level biochemistry lecture and laboratory courses.
  • the ability to teach both lecture and laboratory courses using student-centered, active learning and inquiry-based approaches at the undergraduate and master's levels.
  • a strong record of research productivity in biochemistry or closely related fields.
  • a demonstrated potential for developing and sustaining an independent externally funded research program involving undergraduate and master's level students leading to peer-reviewed publications.
  • the ability to communicate effectively with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus population.

    Application Procedure
    A complete online application must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To apply, please visit, choose full-time faculty, search for position #518570, and provide the following required materials:
  1. Cover letter addressing the qualifications for the position
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Teaching statement that includes the following: teaching philosophy that describes how they will incorporate inclusion into their teaching of a diverse student population and any relevant teaching experience (2-page limit)
  4. Research statement that includes the following: research experience and research goals, description of projects specifically designed to engage undergraduate and Master's students, mentorship plan for involving undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds in research, strategies to obtain funding and anticipated equipment needs (5-page limit)
  5. Candidate statement on commitment to inclusive excellence.
  6. This statement provides the candidate's unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of this statement is to help the department identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or willingness to engage in activities that could help CSUF contribute to its mission in these areas (2-page limit).

  7. Three signed letters of reference on official letterhead stationary (see instructions below).
    Finalists for the position will be required to have three letters of recommendation submitted. Please have referents ready to submit letters when needed, as the timeframe for submitting the letters will be short. On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. At the appropriate time in the search process, they will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back into your applicant portal.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Paula Hudson at

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2022 and will continue until the position has been filled. The anticipated appointment date is August 17, 2023.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry ( is comprised of 18 full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty with more than 600 undergraduate majors and 25 master's students. We have long been committed to an educational program that provides high quality state-of-the-art teaching and research experiences for our students. From lecture and laboratory courses in biochemistry, organic, analytical, inorganic and physical chemistry to specialized courses, including nutritional, environmental, protein, nucleic acid, physical biochemistry and metabolism, as well as medicinal chemistry, organic synthesis, instrumental analysis, our students are exposed to a wide and interdisciplinary knowledge base. The Department is located in two buildings - McCarthy Hall and Dan Black Hall that house a growing inventory of major instrumentation, including a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer, an X-band EPR spectrometer, several GC and GC/MS instruments, FTIR spectrometers, Raman spectrometer, atomic absorption spectrometers, laser flash photolysis, UV-Vis spectrophotometers, fluorimeters, and other instruments basic to biochemistry. Additional specialized resources include tissue culture and radioisotope rooms. A broad variety of modern, research-grade instruments and facilities are available and shared within the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Departmental extramural funding includes active research grants from a variety of agencies, including NSF, NIH, Research Corporation, the ACS Petroleum Research Fund, and other agencies, as well as program grants supporting students in specific undergraduate research programs, such as NIH-MARC and NIH-MHIRT, and LSAMP. Degrees offered are the BA in Chemistry, BS in Chemistry and BS in Biochemistry, with optional emphases in Environmental Chemistry or Biotechnology, and the MS and MA in Chemistry (which includes chemistry and biochemistry subspecialties). Some faculty members in the department are active in the Center for Applied Biotechnology Studies ( whereas others are involved in new centers concerned with the environment, resources and sustainability, computational and applied mathematics (CCAM), and discipline-based science/chemistry education research (CATALYST).

The University and College
California State University, Fullerton, is the second largest university in California serving southern California and especially Orange County. It is the largest of the 23 California State University (CSU) campuses. The CSU system is the largest and most diverse university system in the country and one of the most affordable. CSUF is the only four-year public Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in Orange County and an Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution. It ranks fourth and eighth nationally in the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded to Hispanics and minority students, respectively.

The College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics (NSM; is dedicated to the principle that teaching and research are intricately commingled and that undergraduate research, when properly approached, is an integral part of teaching. This fine balance between teaching and research is NSM's greatest strength. Through the combination of quality instruction, student involvement in research and strong academic advisement, NSM provides its students with the best education possible.

Additional Information

Multiple positions may be hired from this requisition based on the strength of the applicant pool.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health, vision, and dental insurance; spouse, domestic partner, and dependent tuition fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement program through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self‐disclose.

Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator (

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and requires hiring employees to perform CSU-related work within the State of California.

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