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Tenure Track Faculty - Physical Chemist

California State University, Sacramento
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 19, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Chemistry & Biochemistry
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Tenured/Tenured Track
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Tenure Track Faculty - Physical Chemist

Job No: 504780
Work Type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences

COLLEGE: Natural Sciences and Math


POSITION TITLE: Physical Chemist


The Department of Chemistry at Sacramento State offers an American Chemical Society approved BS Chemistry degree, a BS Biochemistry degree, BA degrees with concentrations in biochemistry and forensics, and master's degrees in chemistry, including a biochemistry concentration. The department is undergoing rapid growth and currently has over 500 majors. Our degree programs include a strong focus on hands-on experiences, and we place a high value on faculty mentored research for students. Our graduates obtain industry and government jobs in chemistry, biochemistry, and biotechnology; complete PhD programs in all areas of chemistry; complete professional health degrees in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and optometry; and teach in community colleges and high schools in the Sacramento region. Student learning in the college is enhanced through the Center for Science and Math Success programs.


This is a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank, beginning August 2022. Salary is dependent upon qualifications and professional experience.


Duties will include: teaching courses in physical chemistry laboratory; teaching undergraduate and graduate physical chemistry lecture courses; teaching general chemistry courses; advising students; participating in committee assignments and community service; developing and maintaining departmental facilities, programs, and curricula in physical chemistry; writing external grant proposals; and developing a program of scholarship in physical chemistry or closely related area involving undergraduate and graduate students. Normal teaching loads are 3-4 classes per semester (lectures and labs).



Ph.D. in Chemistry. ABD considered. If ABD, degree must be completed by August 2022.

Special Knowledge and Abilities:

Applicant must possess a strong background in physical chemistry. Applicants must be able to teach physical chemistry laboratory and upper division/master's level lecture courses in physical chemistry and introductory general chemistry. Ability to develop curricular materials in physical and general chemistry, to instruct students in modern instrumentation, to develop independent research projects involving undergraduate and graduate students and to compete for external grants is required. A commitment to teaching and mentoring students with diverse identities and experiences, and developing curriculum and assessment practices that center on student learning and success.


Experience teaching college-level chemistry is required. Applicants must have an experimental background using modern chemical instrumentation. Applicants must be able to develop an experimentally based research program in physical chemistry or a closely related area


Independent teaching experience and the ability to implement teaching strategies to foster student success in introductory courses are preferred. The ability to utilize technology or other innovative strategies to improve student success and access to high demand courses is preferred. Experience teaching a diverse student population is preferred. Post-doctoral research experience is preferred. Interest and expertise in the lab based fields of spectroscopy, materials, environmental, biophysical, or other applications complementing existing research in the department are preferred.


For full consideration, all application materials must be received by October 22, 2021.

Applicants MUST include the following application materials:

1) a letter of application; (2) a current curriculum vita; (3) a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching; (4) official undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts accepted until invited to campus to interview); (5) a statement of teaching philosophy; and (6) a statement of proposed research appropriate for an undergraduate institution that has MS programs in Chemistry.

In addition, three recent letters of reference must be sent separately to the Search Committee Chair:

About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California's capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State's 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California's capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, and campus safety.

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued. Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit .

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit .

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at .
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Background Check Disclaimer
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

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

Eligibility Verification
Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

Advertised: September 23, 2021 (9:00 AM)
Applications Closes: Open Until Filled

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