Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences (Cell and Molecular Biologist)

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

Position: Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences (Cell and Molecular Biologist) 
Effective Date: August 17, 2023 (Fall Semester)
Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience 
Application Deadline: Review of applications to begin September 30, 2022. Position opened until filled (or recruitment canceled).

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 
Department of Biological Sciences

This position is part of a cluster recruitment within the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics initiated with the intention to build on existing strengths in Cell/Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, support cross-department collaborations, and enhance our efforts to foster equity and inclusion and increase the participation of minoritized students in these fields. Appointments may be offered in either the Biological Sciences or Chemistry and Biochemistry department, or if applicable, joint appointment(s) may be made. Qualified candidates are highly encouraged to apply to both recruitments (Biological Sciences, Job 516697 and Chemistry and Biochemistry, Job 516698). New faculty receive start-up funds and research lab space as well as reduced instructional workload over their first three years to establish a research program. Multiple avenues exist for professional development including learning communities, individually tailored mentoring, and equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI) related initiatives. Additional reduction in instructional workload may be available to support activities that enhance EDI. It is expected that up to three hires will be made from this cluster recruitment.

Required Qualifications:           

  • Ph.D. in the Life Sciences
  • Postdoctoral research experience
  • A record of cell and/or molecular biology research productivity commensurate with experience level
  • Demonstrated commitment to effective teaching of biology courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population

Preferred Qualifications:                         

  • At least two years of postdoctoral research experience
  • Demonstrated potential for establishing an externally funded lab-based student-centered research program
  • Demonstrated interest in increasing the participation of underrepresented students in STEM fields through teaching, research mentoring, and/or outreach
  • Commitment to learning and incorporating pedagogical best practices to create equitable courses that promote student learning
  • Teaching experience at the college level, especially in cell and/or molecular biology
  • Experience of successfully working with populations demographically and socioeconomically similar to the CSULB student body (demographics).


  • Develop and teach courses in cell and/or molecular biology including graduate seminars. [Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof. In 2023-24, the department anticipates that the normal mode of instruction will be in-person.]
  • Contribute to our efforts to diversify the scientific workforce by effectively training students both inside and outside the classroom
  • Develop and sustain an independent externally funded lab-based research program in cell and/or molecular biology (BSL2 or lower), that involves undergraduate and graduate (M.S.) students and leads to peer-reviewed publications with student co-authors
  • Participate and provide service to the department, college, university, and community

CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions. CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

The departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry and Biochemistry are housed in modern buildings with well-equipped laboratories and high-end shared instrumentation ( We have a collegial environment with ample opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations. Research plans that identify synergy with existing research programs in either or both departments are encouraged. Within a federally designated Minority Serving Institution, Hispanic-Serving Institution and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, our departments have a strong record of promoting academic success for underrepresented and underserved students. These efforts are further supported by an extensive array of federal and state grants to enhance training of undergraduate and graduate students for research careers (examples). 

About the Department of Biological Sciences [] is dedicated to ensuring that our highly diverse graduates are prepared for future success by offering a welcoming and challenging education that includes a high-quality curriculum focused on student success, with hands-on research opportunities. Our students learn to think like scientists, using concept-based knowledge, rather than mastering facts. We value teaching and research as essential components of education; our graduate and undergraduate students engage in research mentored by our 31 tenured/tenure-track faculty, leading to diverse career outcomes, such as health professions, academia, teaching, industry, and government agencies.

Information on excellent benefits package available to CSULB faculty is located here:

How to Apply - Required Documentation:                                     

  • An Equity and Diversity Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (maximum two pages, single-spaced). For further information and guidelines, please visit:
  • Letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications including ideas for enhancing diversity within the areas of Cell and Molecular Biology
  • CV (including current email address)
  • Research Plan detailing how undergraduates and master’s students will be involved, major equipment needs, and plans for seeking external funding (up to three pages, single-spaced)
  • Teaching Statement including experience, philosophy, and teaching interests (distinct from the equity and diversity statement (up to three pages, single-spaced)
  • Reprints of up to three representative publications
  • Names and contact information for three references (to be contacted for confidential letters of recommendation should you reach the finalist stage)
  • Finalists should be prepared to submit an official transcript (e-transcript preferred, if available)

How to Apply: Click Apply Now icon to complete the CSULB online application

Requests for information and process should be addressed to: 

Dr. Deborah Fraser 
California State University, Long Beach
Department of Biological Sciences 
1250 Bellflower Boulevard   
Long Beach, CA 90840-9507  


Requests for information about the position should be addressed to: 

Dr. Deborah Fraser
Department of Biological Sciences



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