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Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Dominguez Hills
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Probationary, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences

Tenure-track Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

College of Natural & Behavioral Sciences


Position Description

The Department of  Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Academic Year) with the appointment starting in Fall 2021.

At CSUDH, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that include every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with varied abilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. CSUDH is seeking applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the University’s mission, vision, and core values.

For more information: Mission, Vision, and Core Values.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The CSUDH Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a strong commitment to undergraduate pedagogy and research and excellent faculty dedicated to accomplishing this goal. The department offers four different degree programs: B.S. Chemistry, B.S. Biochemistry, B.A. Chemistry, B.A. Biochemistry. The B.S. in Chemistry program is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Department facilities include five large teaching laboratories, research laboratories, a dedicated instrumentation laboratory, a theoretical chemistry lab with high performance parallel computers and a student computer room. The instrumentation available in various laboratories include a 400 MHz JEOL NMR Spectrometer with broadband probe, FT-IR and FT-IR microscope, UV-visible spectrophotometers, a fluomicroplate reader, an Isolera™ Prime- Automated Flash Purification, VersaSTAT 4 Potentiostat, an Agilent GC-mass spectrometer, an Agilent Liquid Chromatograph-Thermo LTQ Ion Trap (LC-MS) system, and an atomic absorption spectrometer. 


The CSUDH Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides world-class academic excellence – across the chemical society – by engaging a diverse student body and faculty in a dynamic learning environment. Our department provides cutting-edge research and is shaping the next generation of critical thinkers, scientists, and industry leaders.

Our main goal is to offer the highest possible level of education in multiple fields of chemistry to our diverse student body. We pursue our main goal by two main avenues: First, by providing high quality programs for students who are interested in a career in chemistry or one that requires a strong chemistry background. We serve this group by offering a Bachelor of Science degree accredited by the American Chemical Society. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is mainly designed for students who plan to enter graduate programs in chemistry or other closely related sciences.  Second, we meet the needs of students who are interested in a terminal degree in chemistry in order to find a job or to enter into professional school. We offer two non-accredited majors to meet this goal: Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry.  The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry fulfills the need for those students interested in pursuing medical, dental, pharmacy, and optometry school. Therefore, a major in Chemistry, either as a B.A. or a B.S., prepares students for multiple career paths: graduate work in chemistry or biochemistry, teaching in secondary schools, and entry into professional school, industrial jobs, to mention a few.

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The Position

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong externally-funded interdisciplinary research program in collaboration with the members in the department or other research institutions, and to contribute to high quality professional and undergraduate education. Teaching may include evening and day courses. Expertise in the area of Biochemistry, Biomolecular recognition, and Drug Discovery is preferred. 

The Ideal Candidate

In addition to teaching duties, undergraduate student advising and committee responsibilities, the ideal candidate will have a publication track record in bioorganic chemistry preferably with knowledge in the area of natural products chemistry, with a specialization in natural product biosynthesis to characterize novel scaffold origins at the molecular genetic and genomic levels, and drug discovery. The ideal candidate will be expected to contribute to collaborative instrumentation proposal writing to enhance the department instrumentation facilities. Other areas of specialization of the ideal candidate may include synthetic medicinal chemistry of natural product scaffolds or expertise in any of the mass spectrometry-based drug-discovery techniques such as metabolomics or proteomics. The successful candidate will enhance collaborative departmental research in the area of anti-cancer research, molecular recognition, genomics/proteomics and organic synthesis. 


Teaching responsibilities will include introductory courses such as general chemistry and advanced courses such as organic and biochemistry. Additional course assignments will depend on the department’s need. We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated research excellence and a commitment to high quality teaching. The candidate will also have responsibilities supervising undergraduate student research, assist the department with administrative and/or committee work and undergraduate student academic advising.


Required Qualifications

  • Applicants must have experience in teaching undergraduates from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.
  • PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related field and at least one year of postdoctoral experience.
  • Prior experience in teaching Introductory/ General Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Organic Chemistry.
  • Prior experience in mentoring and/ or advising students from diverse educational and/ or cultural backgrounds.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate training in Pharmacognosy and/or Drug Discovery.
  • A background in natural products isolation and/or expertise in any of the mass spectrometry-based drug-discovery techniques such as metabolomics or proteomics.
  • Integrates high-field NMR technology and mass spectrometry into research projects and willingness to contribute to departmental proposals, such as instrumentation.
  • Enhance collaborative departmental research in the area of anti-cancer research, molecular recognition, genomics/proteomics and organic synthesis.
  • A willingness to work with new teaching technologies and to help and motivate students in undergraduate research.

Employment Requirement – Background Check

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

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

 How to Apply- To apply for this position, please click the "Apply Now" button on this page.

The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in April 2021. For full consideration, please submit your completed application with the required materials no later than April 30, 2021.

  • Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information
  • Cover letter
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • List of 3 references with contact information*
  • Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required for the finalist)**
  • A Statement on Teaching
  • A Statement on Research
  • Sample Publications or Evidence of Creative/Scholarly Activity
  • Teaching Evaluations (if available) 

*This position requires three letters of recommendation (LORs). Please do not upload your LORs with your application. Your list of references will be notified at the appropriate time during the search process. They will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the LOR. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUDH by logging back into your applicant portal.

**For finalist with International transcripts, a United States Equivalency certification will be required.

 A United States (US) Equivalency certification is required for earned/awarded/conferred foreign terminal degrees, which is from a foreign Academic Institution for foreign studies. The US Equivalency certification is used to validate foreign studies from an academic credential evaluation agency and is evaluated on foreign studies and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. The certification must translate the information in English, and confirm that your highest terminal degree is US Equivalent to a US terminal degree (i.e., Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate’s, Doctor’s of Philosophy). The certification can be emailed to or mailed directly to the office of Faculty Affairs and Development, 1000 East Victoria Street, WH-368, Carson, CA 90747.

 If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Dr. Kenneth R. Rodriguez

Search Committee Chair

CSU, Dominguez Hills

1000 East Victoria Street, (NSCI 319)

Carson, CA  90747

Closing Statement

CSUDH is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

For more information: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources’ Office (310) 243-3771.

Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at Campus Security Report (Clery), or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639.

Upon appointment, all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

The California State University is Smoke and Tobacco Free.  Smoking, Vaping and other Tobacco use are Not Permitted anywhere on University property.  Education Code 42356, CCR Title 5, Article 9.

For more information see: Smoke & Tobacco-Free

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