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Faculty Position: Biochemistry and Chemistry Tenure-Track

Biochemistry and Chemistry Tenure-Track
 The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University, Fullerton invites applications for full-time tenure-track position(s) preferably at the Assistant Professor level to begin in August 2017. Applicants shall have a Ph.D. in biochemistry, chemistry, or a related field, and relevant postdoctoral experience.  We are particularly interested in candidates whose reserach interests complement the department's existing biochemistry and chemistry research programs or further expand research opportunities at the interface of chemistry and biology. 

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active, externally funded research program involving undergraduate and M.S. students, be committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse student population, and devote a portion of his/her time to engaging in departmental service.  Teaching responsibilities may include undergraduate and graduate level lecture and lab courses in their field, as well as lower division chemistry courses. 


Applicants must have:

  • A Ph.D. in biochemistry, 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 may include undergraduate and graduate level lecture and laboratory courses in the field of expertise, as well as lower division chemistry 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 chemistry
  • 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 and a demonstrated commitment to educating an ethnically and culturally diverse campus population.

Rank and Salary
 The position(s) will be filled preferably at the rank of Assistant Professor, tenure-track.  Salary and startup are competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.  An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available, which includes health/vision/dental plans; spouse or domestic partner and dependent fee waiver; access to campus child-care and a defined benefit retirement through the State system, along with optional tax-sheltering opportunities.  For a detailed description of benefits, consult

Appointment Date
August 2017

The Department
 The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is comprised of 20 full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty with more than 600 undergraduate majors and 40 graduate 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, and physical chemistry to specialized courses in organic synthesis, biotechnology, instrumental analysis, and quantum chemistry, 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 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 from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 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 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).

Application Procedure
To apply, please go to : and select 8926BR to begin the application process and provide the following materials:  (1)cover letter (2) curriculum vitae; (3)a statement of teaching philosophy and experience that addresses teaching diverse populations (3 page limit); (4) a statement of research agenda and plans that include projects to engage the undergraduate and M.S. students (4 page limit); 5) reprints of relevant peer-reviewed publications (limit of 3); and (6) names and contact information for 3 individuals who will send letters of recommendation.  The recommenders are required to directly upload a signed letter of recommendation on official letterhead stationery through the online recruitment system. 
On the Reference page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application.  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 in to the recruitment system. 

For inquiries, call:  (657) 278-3621 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin October 1, 2016, and will continue until suitable candidate(s) are appointed.

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 as a condition of employment.

California State University Fullerton celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. EEO employer. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.