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Assistant Professor, Cell Biologist

California State University, Los Angeles - Department of Biological Sciences
Los Angeles, California
Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Closing date
Sep 11, 2021

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Life Sciences, Cell Biology
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California State University, Los Angeles Department of Biological Sciences

Assistant Professor, Cell Biologist

Starting Date:

August, 2022

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. An earned doctorate (Ph.D. or equivalent) in cell biology, molecular biology, or a closely related discipline from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required at the time of application.
  2. Expertise in any animal or cell model whose research involves cell signaling, cell physiology, molecular biology, stem cell biology, cancer biology, cellular mechanisms of disease, or molecular genetics.
  3. Evidence of effective teaching experiences at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.
  4. Track record of scientific productivity in any area of cell biology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Post-doctoral experience (Strongly desired)
  2. Evidence of working closely with and mentoring students, both in the classroom and in collaborative research.
  3. Evidence of securing external grant support.


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in one or more of the following areas: introductory biology; cell biology; molecular biology; genetics; cell signaling; developmental biology; molecular genetics, depending on disciplinary expertise. The successful candidate will be expected to build a dynamic externally funded research program involving undergraduate and master’s students resulting in published research. The successful candidate must be willing to participate actively in course and curriculum development, with the opportunity to create courses in their area of expertise, and to develop and strengthen partnerships with the surrounding community.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:    

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good.  We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations.  The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation.  As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.  

The College:          

The College of Natural and Social Sciences is committed to programs of academic excellence in the fields of natural and social sciences that provide access and opportunity for a uniquely diverse student body. The College of NSS reflects a diversity of disciplines through its inclusion of 12 departments and interdisciplinary programs that serve nearly 6,000 undergraduate majors and over 500 graduate students. Our outstanding faculty and staff are committed to creating educational experiences for students that utilize and generate knowledge that is culturally responsive and inclusive and to facilitating the development of the next generation of leaders in their varying fields.

The Department:

The Department of Biological Sciences at California State University, Los Angeles has a track record of supporting student research and facilitating students’ entry into graduate and professional schools. Our mission is to cultivate a diverse and thriving intellectual community and prepare students for progressive careers in the life sciences through the acquisition of current knowledge, conceptual learning, quantitative and communication skills, and through opportunities for individually mentored research experiences.

Informed by scholarly work and leading-edge research, the department continually reinvigorates the curriculum and advances student research and critical thinking skills through rigorous coursework, hands on laboratory and field studies, and through supervised projects. Students complete the program with an extensive portfolio of knowledge and an appreciation for life-long learning and responsible actions, all of which serve as an entryway to future success in Ph.D. programs, professional organizations, and other high-value STEM careers.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below:

  1. A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.
  2. A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of students who are among the first-generation of their family to attend a college or university.
  3. A curriculum vitae.
  4. A list of three professional references
  5. A University Application for Employment Form (
  6. A research statement comprising of past accomplishments and future research goals.
  7. Unofficial transcripts (terminal degrees only)
  8. A statement of Teaching Philosophy

Finalists will be required to submit:

Official transcripts.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


Review of applications will begin October 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to: Please type “Biological Sciences Tenure-Track Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the search committee at:

Note: 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 offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.

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