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Tenure Track Position - Immunology/Cell Biology

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Health Sciences

Job Summary

The Biological Sciences Department in the College of Science and Mathematics at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo is seeking a full-time, academic year, tenure track faculty member in the field of Immunology/Cell Biology, with appointment beginning September 12, 2022. Appointment at the Assistant Professor rank is anticipated; higher ranks will be considered. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

We seek candidates who are enthusiastic about undergraduate teaching and implementing a student-centered research program that mentors undergraduates and Master’s students. Excellent candidates will create synergy in the department via the application of modern molecular methods to the study of cellular processes related to immune responses.

Teaching responsibilities will include lower and upper division undergraduate courses in cell biology and immunology for both majors and non-majors, as well as the opportunity to develop new courses in the candidate’s area of specialty.  Faculty in our department typically teach 2-3 courses per quarter, with the opportunity to reduce this by mentoring student research and procuring extramural research funding.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Required Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in biology or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment.
  • Experience teaching lecture and laboratory courses at the university level.

Special Conditions

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.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

CSU 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 search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and questions may be sent to academicpersonnel@calpoly.edu.

About the Department

The Biological Sciences Department is the largest academic unit within the College of Science and Mathematics and is one of the largest departments at Cal Poly. There are approximately 900 undergraduate students and 50 graduate students. The department's mission is three-fold: I) offer majors leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences, Marine Science, or Microbiology; 2) offer courses to satisfy the biology requirements for other majors; and 3) offer courses to meet general education and breadth requirements for Cal Poly's entire student population. The department offers approximately 125 different courses to over 10,000 students annually, with the majority of courses having a laboratory component. The department is currently comprised of an elected department chair (3-year term), 32 fuII-time faculty, 2 full-time lecturers, 35-40 part-time faculty/teaching associates, approximately 25 student assistants, and 8 support staff of which 3 provide administrative support and 5 support classroom and research endeavors. Budgets within the department include an annual operating allocation up to $230,000, as well as several hundred thousand dollars of other university support. Faculty research grants have totaled almost 7 million dollars over the past five years. More information regarding the Biological Sciences Department can be found at https://www.bio.calpoly.edu/.

About the University

Founded in 1901, Cal Poly is one of only five comprehensive polytechnic universities in the nation, with approximately 22,000 undergraduates, 120 postbaccalaureate, and 900 graduate students. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Cal Poly #1 among public master's universities in the western United States for 28 consecutive years. A primarily undergraduate university, Cal Poly offers academically focused students 66 baccalaureate degrees and 27 master's degrees. Operating on the quarter calendar system, Cal Poly takes pride in its "Learn-by-Doing" approach to teaching and learning, which has characterized Cal Poly since its founding. One of the 23 campuses of the California State University system, Cal Poly has a statewide mandate as a polytechnic university. Cal Poly is one of the largest land-holding universities in the nation and uses all of its land holdings in active support of its educational programs. Cal Poly is located in historic San Luis Obispo, a city of 47,000, 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean and midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's scenic Central Coast. With excellent public education resources, recreational facilities and an expanding dedication to the arts, the area is known for its scenic landscapes and extraordinarily temperate climate.

How to Apply

Interested candidates must attach (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) teaching philosophy statement, (4) research statement, (5) diversity statement, (6) unofficial undergraduate transcript(s) as one document,  and (7) unofficial graduate transcript(s) as one document. These documents are not accepted in hard copy format. When completing the online faculty application, please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses. Official transcripts are required prior to appointment. 

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2021. Complete applications received after that date may be considered. For questions, please contact Dr. Ken Hillers at khillers@calpoly.edu.

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