Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences - Genetics (506034)

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Marcos
  • San Marcos, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Public Health Sciences and Laboratory

Job Description


Rank: Assistant Professor
Department: Biological Sciences
Starting Date: Fall 2022

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences - Genetics

The Department of Biological Sciences at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Genetics at the level of Assistant Professor. Successful candidates will complement an inclusive and innovative faculty that is committed to student success both in the classroom and the research laboratory. The Department offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in Biology (concentrations in Ecology, Animal Physiology, Molecular Cell Biology, and General Biology), Biotechnology, and Wildfire Science. The Department also offers a research-based Master of Science Program in Biology and a Professional Science Master's program in Biotechnology.

CSUSM embraces the teacher-scholar model and values the integration of teaching, student mentorship, and scientific research. Over 33% of faculty are tenure/tenure-track, and the campus offers hands-on and collaborative learning experiences, innovative technology, and academic programs relevant to the rapidly changing global environment. The U.S. News & World Report listed CSUSM as 20th among "Top Public Schools" in its 2022 edition of Best Colleges Rankings, and 9 th in top performers of "Social Mobility". For the last eight years, CSUSM has been named a HEED Award recipient from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

CSUSM is located on a beautiful 304-acre hillside campus 15 miles east of the Pacific Ocean in the north San Diego County region, an area known for its temperate climate and growing technology industries.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in the Biological Sciences or related discipline, and postdoctoral (or equivalent postgraduate) experience with training and research in the area of Genetics
  • Strong potential as an effective instructor of Biology courses at the undergraduate level, and of graduate courses in their specific subject area
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with colleagues and with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community with a substantial population of first-generation students
  • Strong record of peer-reviewed, published research commensurate with years since receiving Ph.D.
  • Compelling plan to develop and sustain an independent research program involving students that will lead to original, peer-reviewed publications

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated intercultural competence with diverse groups in teaching, research, and/or service
  • Expertise in the areas of Population Genetics, Conservation Genetics, and/or Human Genetics
  • Direct evidence of teaching effectiveness at the college level and experience in research-based instructional practices
  • Background and expertise in genetics that enhances and complements exiting programmatic strengths


The successful candidate will contribute to Biology course instruction at the lower-division, upper-division, and graduate levels. They will also be given the opportunity to develop new undergraduate and graduate lecture and/or laboratory courses in their area of expertise. The successful candidate will develop an independently-funded research program involving CSUSM students. In addition to modest opportunities for internal research funding, there is wide-spread support for the attainment of external research monies. The successful candidate will also participate in activities serving the department, college, university and community.


Click Apply Now to complete the CSUSM Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • Cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.
  • Curriculum vitae that notes teaching experience
  • Statement of teaching philosophy (up to two pages)
  • Description of past research accomplishments as well as plans for future research involving CSUSM students (up to three pages)
  • 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 first-generation students (up to two pages).
  • Three signed letters of recommendation

Review of applications will begin November 29, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.

The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.

CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and was recently named one of the top 32 Colleges most friendly to junior faculty by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education. Visit Faculty Opportunities for more information.

California State University San Marcos is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation and veteran or military status.

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 Revised December 22, 2020 as a condition of employment.

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 CSU Covid Policy. Questions should be sent to the Office of Human Resources at

This position is subject to employment verification, education verification, reference checks and criminal record checks. An offer of appointment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, including a criminal records check, and 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.

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Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

San Marcos, California 92096 United States View Map