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Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology

Apply now Job no: 507633
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences

Classification:  Academic Year Faculty
Priority Screening Date:   January 13, 2022Month Day, Year
Recruitment Status:  Open Until Filled
Appointment Date:  Fall 2022 

Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision Statement, California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a mid-sized comprehensive baccalaureate and masters granting university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives through a focus on student success and engagement through project-based learning, service learning in its regional community, and the promotion of multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond campus. CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and has a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students. 

The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in the development of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and administrators. CSUMB’s sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The university’s faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working so close to the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market rate campus housing and competitive salaries for faculty and staff.

The Department of Biology and Chemistry at California State University, Monterey Bay invites applications for a tenure- track faculty position at the assistant professor level to begin in Fall 2022. We seek applicants with a demonstrated commitment to teaching and research.


Teaching expectations will span the lower division molecular biology course with associated labs and electives in the upper division in the applicant’s area of expertise. The candidate must employ innovative teaching and learning techniques that engage diverse students through active learning, course-based research, and the appropriate use of technology.

The candidate will need to develop and maintain a research program that provides opportunities for undergraduates. To do so, the candidate must have plans to pursue and obtain extramural funding to support an active research program. The candidate must sustain scholarly research in biology and/or biology education leading to peer-reviewed publications and professional visibility. The successful candidate will collaborate with other faculty and members of professional outreach programs in the region.

CSUMB values an educational environment of cultural and linguistic diversity and gender equity; ethical reflection and practice; effective and experimental use of technologies as resources for people and catalysts for learning; and the integration of cross-disciplinary models enabling students, faculty and staff to engage in innovative instruction and coordinated service learning.


  • Ph.D. in Biology or related field by the time of hire
  • Commitment to and experience in teaching undergraduates
  • Expertise in molecular biology with an emphasis in biochemistry or another related field
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills


  • Expertise in one of the following areas such as cell biology, development, physiology, immunology, science education, and/or the health sciences
  • Research and teaching interests and expertise that complement and strengthen those of existing
  • faculty in the department.
  • Strong interest in teaching an introductory course in cellular and molecular biology, as well as upper division courses in area of expertise
  • Interest in mentoring undergraduate student research and/or internships
  • Demonstrated experience with course and curriculum development
  • Proven ability and desire to mentor and teach students from diverse cultural, ethnic,
  • educational, and economic backgrounds
  • Record of external funding and writing grant proposals
  • Demonstrated leadership skills


The College of Science at CSUMB offers B.S. degrees in Agricultural Plant and Soil Sciences, Biology, Communication Design, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Technology and Policy, Marine Science, Mathematics, and Statistics, a B.A. in Environmental Studies and graduate programs in Environmental Science, Instructional Science and Technology and Marine Science. These programs all emphasize the critical thinking and technical skills necessary to train students in the biomedical, environmental, technological and agricultural workforce, succeed in high level graduate programs in the biosciences, and solve complex problems. Additional information about our rigorous and highly successful interdisciplinary program can be found at


CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding health, dental & vision plans; a fee waiver education program; and membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).  For more information, visit: CSU Benefits Summary.  Additionally, University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability, visit: Employee Housing.


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.

The incumbent is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).

Working in the State of California is a condition of employment.

There are components of this job which are deemed essential on campus. This position will primarily work on the main campus, with occasional work from home. This position requires working on campus with students. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. In the fall, students, faculty, staff, and the community can expect that masks will be required and that the appropriate degree of social distancing will be in place in all areas based on evolving guidance. Additionally, all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to be vaccinated before coming to campus. All community members who work or attend class on campus should expect to participate in a random or periodic testing system. CSUMB will communicate more information about vaccination requirements and testing protocols when the details become available.


For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application and submit required documents by the priority screening date found at Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

Required Documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Narrative describing experience and approaches to teaching and mentoring undergraduates
  • Research Statement

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting University Personnel at (831) 582-3389.


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State University, Monterey Bay Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at:

CSUMB 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 and questions may be sent to

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. 


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.   We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.  We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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