Assistant Professor of Biology, Animal Physiology

Carson, California (US)
Commensurate with experience
August 22 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Assistant Professor of Biology, Animal Physiology         

The Department of Biology at California State University Dominguez Hills invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Academic Year Assistant Professor in Animal Physiology, with the appointment starting in Fall 2020.

At CSUDH, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that includes 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.


Department Marketing Statement

            The Biology Program at CSU Dominguez Hills is designed to provide students with intensive, progressive, and balanced learning experiences in cell and molecular biology, organismal biology, population and community biology, and environmental science. In Fall 2020, the biology department will move into the new Science and Innovation building. This building provides new facilities, such as an instructional museum, for innovative teaching practices, and will house equipment for computational and molecular work, including an Illumina MiSeq.

Our students have excelled as they pursue diverse career tracks. Our pre-health students have been admitted to top graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary science. Students interested in research have presented at regional and national conferences as undergraduates, attended summer research programs, and matriculated to Ph.D. programs at R1 universities nationwide. Students interested in teaching have received numerous fellowships and scholarships supporting their undergraduate & graduate education and teaching credential.  

Many faculty in the biology department are using data-driven pedagogical methods including active learning, flipped classrooms, and team-based approaches. CSUDH has multiple specially-designed classrooms to facilitate these activities. The typical class size allows for individualized interactions and active discussions, and we encourage authentic research projects as part of the classroom experience. There is active collaboration with the Center for Innovation in STEM Education (CISE) to innovate K-16 education.

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The Position

            We seek a faculty member who can both teach and conduct research effectively with undergraduates and Master’s students. This position requires the establishment of an active and externally-funded research program, which may include funding from CSUPERB (CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology) and/or COAST (CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology), as well as other state-wide and national funding organizations (i.e., NIH, NSF, DOE). The faculty member will be expected to serve the university and community. 


We are specifically seeking an Animal Physiologist, who does research on vertebrate or invertebrate systems, at any level of organization. This faculty member is expected to teach upper-division animal physiology, as well as lower division, general education, and other upper division courses (potentially including new courses) in their specialty.           


Minimum Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in Biology or a related field
  • Demonstrated potential for effective teaching of lower and upper division undergraduate and graduate courses in biology and related fields, with high academic standards using a variety of methodologies
  • Scholarly and professional competence as demonstrated by a record of research publications
  • Interest in mentoring and working closely with undergraduate and Master's students both in the classroom and in research
  • Willingness to participate actively in curriculum development and to work cooperatively within a multi-disciplinary department and college
  • Demonstrated ability and/or interest in working in a multiethnic, multicultural environment
  • Applicants must have experience in teaching undergraduates from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds

Preferred /Desired Qualifications

  • Relevant postdoctoral experience
  • A record of research publications, including research involving undergraduates and Master’s students
  • Experience as an independent lecturer teaching courses at the undergraduate and/or Master’s level
  • A successful track record of mentoring students from diverse backgrounds
  • Evidence of grantsmanship

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.

How To Apply

            The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in October 1, 2019. For full consideration, please submit your completed application no later than September 30, 2019 by visiting California State University, Dominguez Hills employment website for full details at New & Returning Applicants at

Register your online application at New & Returning Applicants at and submit the following in a single pdf file:

  • Cover letter
  • Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information for applicant AND 3 references
  • A Statement on Teaching (maximum of 2 pages)
  • A Statement on Research (maximum of 2 pages)
  • A Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (maximum of 1 page)**
  • Teaching Evaluations (if available)
  • Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required for the finalist)

For finalist with International transcripts, a United States Equivalency certification will be required.

**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.

Applicants who are selected to move forward in the recruitment process will be notified by the Search Committee to submit 3 letters of recommendation, directly to the email address of or mailed directly to:

Chair, Department of Biology

CSU, Dominguez Hills

1000 East Victoria Street, NSM A-143

Carson, CA  90747


Faculty Pay & Benefits

            Appointment will be at the rank of Tenure-track, Academic Year, Assistant Professor, and salary will be dependent upon qualifications and professional experience. 

CSU Dominguez Hills offers a comprehensive and attractive benefits program to its employees.  Further information on benefits offered can be found at


Campus Marketing Statement

            On April 29, 1960, Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Sr. signed a bill into law authorizing the formation of a state college to serve the growing southwestern region of Los Angeles County.  From its humble beginnings in a bank building in Rolling Hills Estates, CSU Dominguez Hills has evolved into a thriving and nationally recognized comprehensive university, providing an innovative liberal arts education to a diverse student body.

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Mission Statement

CSU Dominguez Hills provides education, scholarship and service that are, by design, accessible and transformative. We welcome students who seek academic achievement, personal fulfillment, and preparation for the work of today and tomorrow.


A vital educational and economic resource for the South Bay, CSU Dominguez Hills will be recognized as a top-performing Comprehensive Model Urban University in America.  We will be known as a campus community and gathering place where:

  • Diversity in all its forms is explored, understood, and transformed into knowledge and practice that benefits the world.
  • Technology is embraced and leveraged to transcend educational boundaries as we reach out to students, both locally and globally.
  • Sustainable environmental, social and economic practices are a way of life.
  • Students from our community who aspire to complete a college degree are provided the pathway and guidance to succeed.
  • Faculty and staff across the University are engaged in serving the dynamic needs of the surrounding communities.
  • Student life is meaningful and vibrant.
  • Our accomplishments and those of our alumni are recognized nationally and internationally.
  • Ultimately, our students graduate with an exemplary academic education, a highly respected degree, and a genuine commitment to justice and social responsibility.

About the University

CSU Dominguez Hills holds the Carnegie classification of Master’s L and is a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution.  Class sizes are small as compared with large research universities and classes are taught by the faculty, not by teaching assistants.  Many of the university’s students are the first in their families to earn a university degree.  While the university enrolls traditional full-time students, many students enroll part-time and attend late afternoon, evening and weekend classes because of work and family responsibilities.

CSU Dominguez Hills offers 44 undergraduate majors, 22 master’s degrees, and a number of certificate and credential programs.  Enrollment exceeds 14,600 students, and the student population is among the most ethnically and culturally rich in the nation: 64.3% Hispanic/Latino, 13.4% Black/African-American, 8.5% White, 10.2% Asian or Pacific Islander, 0.1% American Indian, and 3.1% two or more races.

The University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the accrediting body for institutions of higher learning in the West.  In the 2018 WASC Educational Effectiveness Review, CSUDH was reaffirmed for a full 10 years. Twelve programs hold accreditations from national professional associations:   business administration, clinical sciences, computer science, education, health science, music, nursing, occupational therapy, public administration, special education, theatre arts, and social work.

The academic programs of the university are organized under the Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business Administration and Public Policy, Extended and International Education, Natural and Behavioral Sciences, Education, and Health, Human Services, and Nursing.  While continuing to emphasize the liberal arts and sciences, professional programs offered at the undergraduate and graduate level, developed to serve the region’s workforce needs, are of great interest to students and prepare them for professions in a variety of industries.


A tradition of teaching excellence lies at the heart of the university experience for Dominguez Hills’ students.  Most of the faculty have earned doctoral degrees from prestigious universities across the nation.  The faculty strives to sustain a dynamic teaching and learning environment in a multicultural setting.  The Academic Senate provides a forum for faculty, administration, students and others to be represented and consulted regarding such vital issues as budget priorities, academic standards, curriculum and instruction, and student affairs.

Student Life

At CSU Dominguez Hills, there’s more to student life than the classroom.  The university offers a dynamic, interactive and enriching community of learners, teachers and peers sharing diverse points of view.  There are multitudes of ways for students to pursue interests, get involved, and get the most from their academic experience.

An office of student life enhances student development by coordinating a variety of co-curricular activities, including 60 student organizations.  Students are encouraged to perform community service and participate in leadership development.  The Multicultural Center on campus promotes the exploration of diverse heritages, values and cultural experiences by offering a wide range of activities and programs throughout the academic year.

CSU Dominguez Hills is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II institution that competes in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).  CSU Dominguez Hills is one of the most athletically competitive and honored schools in the CCAA, with 23 conference titles and four national championships to date, including the 2008 NCAA D-II Men’s Soccer National Championship.  CSU Dominguez Hills sponsors 11 intercollegiate athletic teams.

The Location

The university is located in Carson, California, in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County.  Its 346-acre park-like campus is situated in the historic Rancho San Pedro, the oldest Spanish land grant in the Los Angeles area.  The site remained in the continuous possession of the Dominguez family for seven generations - from its inception in 1794 to its acquisition by the state of California.

The Region

The South Bay is one of the most culturally, economically, and ethnically diverse areas in the United States, with a largely even distribution of the population with African, Asian/Pacific Islander, European, and Latino ancestry.  The university is located in the city of Carson, a city of 93,000 residents and one of the many municipalities that border the city of Los Angeles.  Cultural, performance and sports venues in downtown Los Angeles are about 15 minutes away and the South Bay beach communities are a few minutes away to the west and south.  The StubHub, a 125-acre sports center developed by AEG and home to LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer and Los Angeles Chargers, is located on the CSUDH campus.

The campus is strategically located in the heart of a major technological, industrial and transportation complex in Southern California.  This area includes the massive Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles’ Southern California’s gateway to international commerce.  The South Bay region is also home to aerospace, oil refinery, healthcare and automotive industries.


Closing Statement

            California State University, Dominguez Hills, 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.

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the CSU Dominguez Hills Human Resources Office (310) 243-3771 or the Academic Affairs Personnel Services Office at (310) 243-3766.

Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at CSUDH Police Department, 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.

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