Assistant Professor, Physics (Biophysics)

  • Cal State University (CSU) Dominguez Hills
  • Carson, California
  • Mar 07, 2024
Education and Training Public Health

Job Description

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics (Biophysics)

College of Natural & Behavioral Sciences

Position Description

The Department of Physics at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Academic Year) with the appointment starting in Fall 2024.

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

For more information: Mission, Vision, and Core Values .

The Position

We seek an Assistant Professor specializing in Biophysics, who will significantly contribute to our undergraduate and graduate programs. This open-field search targets candidates with a keen interest in teaching and conducting research in biophysics.


The successful candidate will be expected to teach and develop both existing and new courses in Biophysics in line with the department's objectives. They will also be tasked with building a nationally recognized, externally funded research program in Biophysics. Further responsibilities include advising undergraduate students, contributing to university and professional service, fostering interdisciplinary collaborations, and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within the university.

As a teaching institution, CSUDH expects faculty members to teach approximately four courses per semester, with potential for course release through university programs or external funding. The appointment will begin in August 2024, commencing the 2024-2025 academic year.


Required Qualifications
  • Experience in teaching and working with colleagues from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.
  • A doctoral degree in physics, biophysics, or a related field at the time of appointment.
  • Strong commitment to teaching excellence with a focus on biophysics and research. Examples include the implementation of various pedagogical methods ensuring diverse student success, maintaining a well-developed research program, mentoring undergraduates in ongoing research, and applying for or obtaining grants.
  • Experience beyond the time of Ph.D. appointment, such as postdoctoral roles, visiting faculty positions, or industry experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Significant research experience in biophysics or a related field that complements the department's existing expertise.
  • Experience or skills in curriculum development, especially around creating engaging, innovative course materials in the field of biophysics.
  • Experience in successfully applying for and managing research grants, demonstrating the potential for securing external funding for research in biophysics.
  • Experience in interdisciplinary research that bridges biophysics with other areas such as bioengineering, nanotechnology, or computational biology.
  • Previous experience in mentoring or supervising undergraduate students in research projects.
  • Active participation in professional societies or organizations related to physics or biophysics, which demonstrates ongoing engagement with the field.

How to Apply

A completed on-line application must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To apply, please visit CSUDH career-opportunities .

Application Deadline Date:

The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in November, 2023. For full consideration, please submit your completed application with the required materials no later than November 15, 2023:
  • Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information
  • Cover letter
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2 pages maximum)*
  • List of 3 references with contact information**
  • Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required for the finalist)***
  • A Statement on Teaching (2 pages maximum)
  • A Statement on Research (2 pages maximum)
  • Sample Publications or Evidence of Creative/Scholarly Activity
  • Teaching Evaluations (if available)

*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.

**This position requires three letters of recommendation (LORs). Please do not upload your LORs with your application. Your list of references will be notified at the appropriate time during the search process. They will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the LOR. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUDH by logging back into your applicant portal.

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

A United States (US) Equivalency certification is required for earned/awarded/conferred foreign terminal degrees, which is from a foreign Academic Institution for foreign studies. The US Equivalency certification is used to validate foreign studies from an academic credential evaluation agency and is evaluated on foreign studies and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. The certification must translate the information in English, and confirm that your highest terminal degree is US Equivalent to a US terminal degree (i.e., Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate’s, Doctor’s of Philosophy). The certification can be emailed to or mailed directly to the office of Faculty Affairs and Development, 1000 East Victoria Street, WH-368, Carson, CA 90747.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Dr. Horace Crogman

Search Committee Chair

CSU, Dominguez Hills

1000 East Victoria Street, (NSM D-229)

Carson, CA 90747

Department of Physics

The College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, one of the five primary instructional units of the university, houses the Physics Department. This academic unit provides students with the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge research at major laboratories and gain a solid grounding in both theoretical and experimental aspects of physics and biophysics.

Our department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in both Physics (with concentrations in General Physics, Physical Science, and Electrical Engineering) and Biophysics. Additionally, we offer a Master of Science in Systems Engineering.

Our faculty members, all of whom hold doctorate degrees, are dedicated to teaching excellence and are actively involved in research and other scholarly activities. The small class size within the department fosters frequent and meaningful student-teacher interactions.

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Additional Information

The Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary range is $5,405 to $11,994 per month (12 monthly payments per academic year); The anticipated hiring salary is $7,084 to $7,300. This position will be commensurate with experience and current CSUDH faculty salaries in the academic department/discipline. Faculty salaries are subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start-up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available.

An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee-waiver; access to campus child-care; and a defined-benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit: .

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.

CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

The California State University (CSU) is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities we serve, as well as maintaining higher education access and attainment for our students, as such, we embrace a comprehensive strategy designed to reduce the likelihood of transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The CSU strongly recommends that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measures established by each campus. The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and any questions you have may be submitted to .

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 , revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

Closing Statement

CSUDH 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.

For more information: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources’ Office (310) 243-3771.

Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at Campus Security Report (Clery), 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.

For more information see: Smoke & Tobacco-Free

Advertised: Sep 22 2023 Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close:

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