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Tenure Track Faculty Position in Biochemistry

California State University, Northridge
Northridge, California
Salary is commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 2, 2023

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The department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is seeking a tenure-track faculty member in Biochemistry (529854) at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The successful candidate will teach: a) biochemistry and related special topics at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and b) introductory and general chemistry at the undergraduate level. This individual’s research expertise and planned research program will diversify, and ideally further modernize, the Biochemistry research areas currently represented in the Department.

In addition to teaching, the position requires weekly office hours, attending faculty meetings, participation in assessment of student learning, and service to the department, college, and university. The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the college and department in which he/she/they is/are housed for recommending tenure and promotion. Given CSUN’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement in a diverse environment, the successful candidate will help the Department achieve equitable academic outcomes for all students through teaching, student mentorship, scholarship, and service.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in Biochemistry or a closely related field (Chemistry, Molecular or Structural Biology, Biophysics, etc.) from an accredited institution
  • Postdoctoral research or industrial research experience
  • Evidence of, or clear potential for, excellence in teaching undergraduate/graduate courses
  • Evidence of, or clear potential for, mentoring undergraduate/graduate students
  • High-caliber research experience that will diversify, and ideally further modernize, the Biochemistry research areas currently represented in the Department
  • Record of recent publications in mainstream, peer-reviewed journals
  • Well thought-out, robust plan of independent research activity, feasible for success at CSUN, that includes strategies for generating and publishing data in top-tier journals, recruiting students, and obtaining extramural funding.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of, or clear potential for, effective, inclusive, and equitable engagement with a diverse student body in the context of teaching, research, and student mentorship
  • Demonstrated ability to provide high-quality, student-centered classroom instruction
  • Contributions to grant proposal writing
  • Willingness to collaborate with departmental colleagues in research or other activities
  • A commitment to engaging in service work for the Department, College, University and field of study.

How to Apply: 

Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN online application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit: Biochemistry Job Application Link. Screening of applications will begin 11/15/2023. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Applicants must submit to the website in the section above: (1) a cover letter; (2) a current curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages); (3) a 3-4 page single-spaced (excluding figures) detailed description of planned research, including a brief description of the funding mechanisms that will be pursued; (4) a 2-page statement of teaching philosophy, particularly as it relates to the candidate’s ability to work with a diverse student population; and (5) arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted by supervising faculty and/or employer, of which at least one should substantially address the teaching effectiveness and experience of the candidate.

In later stages of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide additional materials, such as published work samples, class curricula or assessment materials, and work produced through student mentoring.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work in the United States.

CSUN’s Commitment to You:

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation, and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

As a Hispanic-serving Institution (HSI), inclusiveness and diversity are integral to CSUN’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. As of Fall 2022, CSUN enrolls ~38,000 students, where 57.3% are Latinx, 19.8% are White, 9.2% are Asian-American, 4.9% are Black/African American, 0.1% are Native American, and 0.2% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. 

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