Assistant Professor, Biology, Biomedical Sciences or Biomedical Education

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Francisco
  • San Francisco, California
  • Mar 07, 2024
Education and Training Public Health Sciences and Laboratory

Job Description

San Francisco State University, Department of Biology offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Biomedical Sciences or Biomedical Education beginning August 7, 2024. We seek a colleague whose research and teaching interests demonstrate a commitment towards supporting the recruitment, training, and retention of underrepresented students into biomedical professions. Candidates may demonstrate this commitment from within a broad variety of disciplinary specializations, including but not limited to: cell & molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, virology, physiology, and health equity & public health in underserved communities. We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment -- through their research, teaching, and service -- to the diversity and excellence of our academic community/department/program.

We are seeking applicants with experience in and/or demonstrated commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. This is part of a cohort hire focused on Black and Latinx/e student success. We are looking for teacher/scholars who have an established commitment to teaching, research and/or service in and with the Black and Latinx/e community. Candidates for this position are expected to satisfy two or more of the eight Black and Latinx/e Student Success Cohort Hire criteria:

1. Training in and knowledge of historical and present-day structural racism, and practice that engages that knowledge (practice may include teaching, research, and/or service).

2. Demonstrated knowledge of challenges and barriers for Black and Latinx/e students, and evidence of strategies employed to help students overcome such barriers.

3. Evidence of employing anti-racist teaching strategies that support the learning and success of Black and Latinx students.

4. Mentors and engages Black and Latinx/e students in research, scholarship, and creative activities.

5. Evidence of research that contributes to equity, opportunities, and inclusion in higher education.

6. Evidence of research that integrates understanding of and/or engages Black and Latinx/e communities’ challenges and structural realities.

7. Evidence of engaging in service to Black and Latinx/e populations within the discipline.

8. Evidence of service and contributions to Black and Latinx/e communities.

About the Department

The Department of Biology is home to over 1800 undergraduates, 200 master’s students, and 40 tenure/tenure-track faculty. The department is proud of its reputation in actively engaging students from diverse backgrounds in scientific discovery. The SEPAL resource center supports teaching activities, the Health & Equity Research laboratory supports community-engaged, transdisciplinary research within and outside of the department. Multiple core facilities, including the Cell & Molecular Imaging Center (CMIC), the Genomics/Transcriptomics Analysis Core (GTAC), the Mass Spectrometry Facility, and the Electron Microscopy Facility are available to support research. The Sierra Nevada Field Station (located in the Northern Sierra Nevada foothills) is dedicated to education and research involving biological diversity, the Estuary and Ocean Science Center (located along the bay in Tiburon, CA) enhances public engagement with marine science and focus on environmental problems facing coastal communities. Over 100 of our undergraduate and graduate students are supported by several training grants (MARC, RISE, Bridges) housed in the Student Enrichment Opportunities office. Students in our department also benefit from the PINC (Promoting Inclusivity in Computing) and GOLD programs (Graduate Opportunities for Learning Data Science) and SCIP (Science Coding Immersion Program). (For more information, please visit:

About San Francisco State University

SF State is a major public urban university, situated in one of the world’s great cities. Building on a century-long history of commitment to quality teaching and broad access to undergraduate and graduate education, the University offers comprehensive, rigorous, and integrated academic programs that require students to engage in open-minded inquiry and reflection. SF State prepares its students to become productive, ethical, active citizens with a global perspective.

Mission Statement

San Francisco State University educates and equips students to thrive in a global society. We deliver academic excellence by pursuing knowledge, inspiring creativity, supporting our diverse community and advancing social justice and positive change in the world. Visit the Strategic Planning website to learn more.


The position requires graduate and undergraduate teaching in high impact lecture and laboratory topics in the Dept. Of Biology to support students entering biomedical and health professions, which may include: Introductory Biology, Evolution, Genetics, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Immunology, Virology, Cancer Biology, Research with Communities, Developmental Biology, Human Physiology, Peer Assistants for Learning Science.

Other responsibilities include: mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing externally-funded research program that engages and trains graduate and undergraduate students in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments.

Required qualifications
• Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree and post-doctoral experience in biology or biology-related-field are required. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
• Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students.


The anticipated Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary range is:

$88,500 to $91,500 annually (12 monthly payments per academic year).

The anticipated hiring range is $7,375 to $7,625 per month.

Salary offered is commensurate with experience and qualifications. In addition, the California Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from paying its employees less than those of the opposite sex and/or another race or ethnicity for substantially similar work (

Professional development funds, moving expenses, start-up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available.

The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement, and other benefits.

Application Procedure

Application review begins October 31 and continues until filled. A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration. To apply, please upload the following materials:
1. Cover letter (relating your experience to the required qualifications)
2. Curriculum vitae
3. A diversity statement that is no more than 500 words that provides an understanding of your capabilities to address diversity in support of SFSU’s diverse student and community populations. Please provide specific examples of how you have addressed diversity in your teaching, research, and service
4. A statement of teaching philosophy (up to 3 pages)
5. A research statement (up to 4 pages)
6. Names and contact information of three references who will provide letters of recommendation upon request.

Please be aware that if you advance in our review process, we will solicit your letters on short notice to be received by early December.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Prof. Mark Chan, Chair of the search committee, email .

CSU strongly encourages 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 are encouraged to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to .

Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager. Additional information on the requirements for new hires may be found at the Human Resources web page ( ).

Advertised: Sep 26 2023 Pacific Daylight Time
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