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Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry

Apply now Job no: 518752
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fullerton
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Assistant Professor
Fall 2023

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University Fullerton (http://chemistry.fullerton.edu) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in organic chemistry, preferably at the Assistant Professor level, to begin in August 2023.

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is a minority-serving institution and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. CSUF is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidates will be expected to: be committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring students of diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; maintain an active, externally-funded research program involving undergraduate and master’s students; and devote a portion of his/her time to engaging in departmental, college and university service. Of particular interest to us are candidates whose research complements the department's existing biochemistry, chemistry, and chemistry education research programs and/or will further expand research opportunities at the interface of chemistry and biology. Interdisciplinary collaborations within the department and college are strongly encouraged.

Required Qualifications
To be considered qualified for this position, the applicants must have:

  • a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, chemistry education with an organic chemistry emphasis or a closely related field, and relevant postdoctoral experience at the time of appointment
  • a strong commitment to and demonstrated potential for effective teaching. Teaching responsibilities may include undergraduate and graduate level lecture and laboratory courses in the field of expertise
  • the ability to teach both lecture and laboratory courses using student-centered, active learning and inquiry-based approaches at the undergraduate and master’s levels
  • a record of research productivity and/or evidence of the potential to supervise undergraduate and master's level students in research in organic chemistry or closely related fields
  • a demonstrated potential for developing and sustaining an independent externally funded research program involving undergraduate and master’s level students leading to peer-reviewed publications
  • the ability to communicate effectively with an economically, ethnically and culturally diverse campus population

Application Procedure
A complete online application must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To apply, please visit http://hr.fullerton.edu/careers/Faculty.php, choose full-time faculty, search for position #518752, and provide the following required materials: 

  1. a cover letter addressing the qualifications for the position
  2. curriculum vitae
  3. Teaching statement that includes the following: teaching philosophy that describes how they will incorporate inclusion into their teaching of a diverse student population and any relevant teaching experience (2-page limit)
  4. Research statement that includes the following: i) research experience and research goals, ii) description of projects specifically designed to engage undergraduate and Master’s students, iii) mentorship plan for involving undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds in research, iv) strategies to obtain internal and external funding and v) anticipated equipment needs (5-page limit)
  5. Commitment to inclusive excellence statement that addresses potential contributions and engagement to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice at CSUF. This statement provides the candidate’s unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of this statement is to help the department identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or willingness to engage in activities that could help CSUF contribute to its mission in these areas (2-page limit)
  6. Three signed letters of reference on official letterhead stationary (see instructions below)
    Finalists for the position will be required to have three letters of recommendation submitted. Please have referents ready to submit letters when needed, as the timeframe for submitting the letters will be short.  On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. At the appropriate time in the search process, they will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back into your applicant portal.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Cristina Clarke at crlee@fullerton.edu or call 657 278-3624.

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin October 15, 2022, and will continue until a suitable candidate is appointed.

The University and College
California State University, Fullerton is one of the largest universities in California, serving 40,000 students from southern California and especially Orange County. It is the largest of the 23 California State University campuses, the largest and most diverse university system in the country, and one of the most affordable. It ranks fifth and ninth nationally in the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded to Hispanic and minority students, respectively. CSUF is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum and fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive.

The College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics (NSM; http://www.fullerton.edu/nsm) is dedicated to the principle that teaching and research are intricately commingled and that undergraduate research, when properly approached, is an integral part of teaching. This fine balance between teaching and research is NSM's greatest strength. Through the combination of quality instruction, student involvement in research and strong academic advisement, NSM provides its students with the best education possible.

The Department
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (http://chemistry.fullerton.edu) is comprised of 18 full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty with more than 600 undergraduate majors and 25 graduate students. We have long been committed to an educational program that provides high quality state-of-the-art teaching and research experiences for our students. From lecture and laboratory courses in biochemistry, organic, analytical, inorganic and physical chemistry to specialized courses, including nutritional, environmental, protein, nucleic acid, physical biochemistry and metabolism, as well as medicinal chemistry, organic synthesis, instrumental analysis, and chemistry education, our students are exposed to a wide and interdisciplinary knowledge base. The Department is located in two buildings – McCarthy Hall and Dan Black Hall that house a growing inventory of major instrumentation, including a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer, an X-band EPR spectrometer, several GC and GC/MS instruments, FTIR spectrometers, Raman spectrometer, atomic absorption spectrometers, laser flash photolysis, UV-Vis spectrophotometers, fluorimeters, and other instruments basic to biochemistry. Additional specialized resources include tissue culture and radioisotope rooms. A broad variety of modern, research-grade instruments and facilities are available and shared within the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Departmental extramural funding includes active research grants from a variety of agencies, including NSF, NIH, Research Corporation, the ACS Petroleum Research Fund, and other agencies, as well as program grants supporting students in specific undergraduate research programs, such as NIH-MHIRT, and LSAMP. Degrees offered are the BA in Chemistry, BS in Chemistry and BS in Biochemistry, with optional emphases in Environmental Chemistry or Biotechnology, and the MS in Chemistry (which includes chemistry and biochemistry subspecialties). Some faculty members in the department are active in the Center for Applied Biotechnology Studies (http://cabs.fullerton.edu/default.asp) whereas others are involved in new centers concerned with the environment, resources and sustainability, computational and applied mathematics (CCAM), and discipline-based science/chemistry education research (CATALYST).

Additional Information

Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

The Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary range is $5,405 to $11,994 per month (12 monthly payments per academic year). Anticipated hiring range is $6,856 to $7,000 per month. Faculty salaries are subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit https://hr.fullerton.edu/total-wellness/.

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.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator (http://www.fullerton.edu/titleix/about/notice.php)

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 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 https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/ and questions may be sent to hr@fullerton.edu.  

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and requires hiring employees to perform CSU-related work within the State of California.

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