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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, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Faculty - Natural Sciences

Assistant Professor 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 2023.

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 Values.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

The CSUDH Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a strong commitment to undergraduate education and providing research experiences for undergraduate students. The department offers three undergraduate degree programs: B.S. Chemistry, B.S. Biochemistry and B.A. Chemistry. The B.S. Chemistry program is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS).  The department is currently developing a Master’s degree program that will be implemented in the near future.

The department is housed in the newly constructed Science and Innovation building; equipped with modern research and teaching laboratories. The instrumentation available within the department includes a 400 MHz JEOL NMR spectrometer with a two-channel HFX broadband probe, High-Accuracy Mass Spectrometer, Isothermal Titration calorimeter, Differential Scanning calorimeter, Circular Dichroism spectrometer, FT-IR and FT-IR microscope, UV-visible spectrophotometers (with microdrop and kinetics capabilities), a fluoromicroplate reader, an Isolera™ Prime- Automated Flash Purification, VersaSTAT 4 Potentiostat, Shimadzu and Agilent GC-mass spectrometers, an Agilent Liquid Chromatograph-Thermo LTQ Ion Trap (LC-MS) system, Shimadzu Preparative HPLC (with DAD & ELSD detectors), Shimadzu GC-FID-TCD, and an Thermo Scientific ICE 3000 Atomic Absorption spectrophotometer with a graphite furnace.


CSUDH Department of Chemistry & 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 into 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 a professional school. We offer two non-accredited majors to meet this goal, a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry.  The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or Biochemistry fulfills the needs for those students interested in pursuing medical, dental, pharmacy, or optometry school. Therefore, a major in Chemistry or Biochemistry, prepares students for multiple career paths: graduate work in chemistry or biochemistry, careers in the biomedical or biotechnology fields, teaching in secondary schools, or entry into professional schools.

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The Position

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at CSUDH seeks applicants for a tenure track assistant professor position beginning in Fall 2023. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong externally-funded research program in collaboration with CSUDH faculty or faculty at other research institutions, and to contribute to high quality undergraduate education. Teaching may include evening and weekend courses. Expertise in the area of Polymer, Organic, and/or Materials Chemistry is preferred. 


Teaching responsibilities will include introductory courses such as introductory chemistry and general chemistry, as well as advanced courses such as polymer chemistry and organic chemistry. Additional course assignments will depend on the department’s need and the applicant’s expertise. 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, assisting the department with administrative and/or committee work, and undergraduate student academic advising.

The Ideal Candidate 

In addition to teaching duties, undergraduate student advising, and committee responsibilities, the ideal candidate will have a publication track record in polymer or organic chemistry. The candidate is expected to develop and teach the polymer and organic chemistry curriculum at the undergraduate and Master’s level. As well as contribute to collaborative instrumentation proposals written to enhance the department instrumentation facilities. Ability to develop a research program that will add to the diversity of research opportunities for CSUDH students and is complementary to the existing departmental research in supramolecular chemistry, natural products drug discovery, and protein-ligand interactions.


Required Qualifications

  • Applicant must have experience working with students from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.
  • Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Materials Science, or a related field.
  • A record of or potential for effective teaching in Polymer Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and General Chemistry
  • A record of or potential for advising and mentoring students from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated potential to teach Polymer, Organic, or General Chemistry.
  • Ability to integrate departmental and university infrastructure into research projects; willingness to contribute to collaborative external funding proposals.
  • A willingness to work with new teaching technologies and to mentor 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.

CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy

The California State University (CSU) is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities we serve, as well as maintaining higher education access and attainment for our students, as such, we embrace a comprehensive strategy designed to reduce the likelihood of transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  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 if eligible.  Any candidate advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The system-wide policy can be found at:

Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy may be sent to .

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 August 1,2022. For full consideration, please submit your completed application with the required materials no later than October 1, 2022.

  • Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information
  • Cover letter
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2 pages maximum)*
  • List of 3 references with contact information**
  • Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required for the finalist)**
  • A Statement on Teaching (2 pages maximum)
  • A Statement on Research (4-5 pages maximum)
  • Sample Publications or Evidence of Creative/Scholarly Activity
  • Teaching Evaluations (if available)

*Given CSUDH’s commitment to diversity and inclusion for all students, faculty, staff, and administrators, describe your individual commitment and experiences in advancing diversity and inclusion and how they relate to your future teaching and research.

**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 finalists 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, Doctor 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, Department Chair

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

CSU, Dominguez Hills

1000 East Victoria Street, (SI-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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