Assistant Professor - Organic Chemistry (505115)

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Jose
  • San Jose, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Public Health

Job Description


Position Rank and Title: Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry

Department Name: Chemistry

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU's excellent employment benefits.

Application Deadline: October 12, 2021

Target Start Date: August 2022

First Review Date (or Closing Date): October 14, 2021

Position Description

The Department of Chemistry at San José State University invites applications for a tenure track position in organic chemistry. Excellence in research and teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level is expected. The candidate will be teaching courses, including laboratory courses, in organic chemistry (Chem 8, 9, 112A/B, 113A/B, 114 and graduate courses). Some teaching in other areas such as general and/or introductory chemistry may be required. The candidate must be able to adapt their teaching methods to a variety of learning environments, including online instruction. The successful candidate will develop a robust research program engaging undergraduate and graduate (M.S.) students

The Department of Chemistry at San José State University strives to provide broad access to the highest quality education in chemistry at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. To achieve this ambitious goal, we have crafted a curriculum affording our diverse students access to expert instructors in each of the sub-fields of chemistry via classroom courses, hands-on laboratory courses, and research laboratories.

The Department of Chemistry, College of Science and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university's commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in organic chemistry or equivalent doctoral work. Alternatively, a Ph.D. in chemical education with a focus in organic chemistry research and significant experience working in an organic lab.
  • Research in organic chemistry or in an area that interfaces with organic chemistry including educational research.
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience teaching in organic chemistry.
  • Postdoctoral experience in organic chemistry or in organic chemistry educational research is preferred.
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate research students.

Key Responsibilities
  • The candidate will teach courses, including laboratory courses, in organic chemistry (Chem 8, 9, 112A/B, 113A/B, 114 and graduate courses). Some teaching in general and/or introductory chemistry may be required.
  • The candidate must develop a research program that incorporates undergraduate and MS students
  • The candidate must submit grants and peer reviewed research publications.
  • The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
  • The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity - in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation - through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

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

Application Procedure:

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents by the deadline to receive full consideration.
  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diversity statement (1-2 pages)
  • Statement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 page limit)
  • Research plans (5 page limit - Include how undergraduate and MS students will be involved in your research plans)
  • Three references reference letters
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies accepted for application)

Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Karen Singmaster at

Conditional Offer

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

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley - one of the most innovative regions in the world - San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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