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California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Position Number: 1347366
  • Location: Carson, CA
  • Position Type: Science - Chemistry
Tenure-track Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Natural & Behavioral Sciences

Position Announcement

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University Dominguez Hills invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Academic Year Assistant Professor with the appointment starting in Fall 2019.

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

Chemistry and Biochemistry
The CSUDH Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a strong commitment to teaching and research of undergraduate students education and excellent faculty dedicated to accomplishing this goal. The department offers four different degree programs: B.S. Chemistry, B.S. Biochemistry, B.A. Chemistry, B.A. Biochemistry. The B.S. in Chemistry program is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Department facilities include five large teaching laboratories, research laboratories, a dedicated instrumentation laboratory, a theoretical chemistry lab with high performance parallel computers and a student computer room. The instrumentation available in various laboratories include a 400 MHz JEOL NMR Spectometer with broadband probe, FT-IR and FT-IR microscope, UV-visible spectrophotometers, a fluomicroplate reader, a Isolera™ Prime- Automated Flash Purification, VersaSTAT 4 Potentiostat, an Agilent GC-mass spectrometer, an Agilent Liquid Chromatograph-Thermo LTQ Ion Trap (LC-MS) system, and an atomic absorption spectrometer.

The mission of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department is to provide the highest possible level of education in multiple fields of chemistry to our diverse student body. The Department strives to offer the finest quality of service to the University community. The Department also encourages all faculty scholarly activities that will result in better service to our students. The department mission is attuned with the spirit of the University mission.

Our main goal is to offer the highest possible level of education in multiple fields of chemistry to our diverse student body. We pursue our main goal by two main avenues: First, by providing high quality programs for students who are interested in a career in chemistry or one that requires a strong chemistry background. We serve this group by offering a Bachelor of Science degree accredited by the American Chemical Society. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is mainly designed for students who plan to enter graduate programs in chemistry or other closely related sciences. Second, we meet the needs of students who are interested in a terminal degree in chemistry in order to find a job or to enter into professional school. We offer two non-accredited majors to meet this goal: Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry. The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry fulfills the need for those students interested in pursuing medical, dental, pharmacy, and optometry school. Therefore, a major in Chemistry, either as a B.A. or a B.S., prepares students for multiple career paths: graduate work in chemistry or biochemistry, teaching in secondary schools, and entry into professional school, industrial jobs, to mention a few.

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The Position
The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong externally-funded interdisciplinary research program in collaboration with the members in the department or other research institutions, and to contribute to high quality professional and undergraduate education. Teaching may include evening and day courses. Expertise in the area of Biochemistry, Biomolecular recognition, and Drug Discovery is preferred.

The Ideal Candidate
In addition to teaching duties, undergraduate student advising and committee responsibilities, the ideal candidate will have a publication track record in bioorganic chemistry preferably with expertise in the area of natural products chemistry, with a specialization in natural product biosynthesis to characterize novel scaffold origins at the molecular genetic and genomic levels, biomolecular recognition, peptide synthesis and self-assembly. The ideal candidate will be expected to contribute to collaborative instrumentation proposal writing to enhance the department instrumentation facilities. Other areas of specialization of the ideal candidate may include synthetic medicinal chemistry of natural product scaffolds or expertise in any of the mass spectrometry based drug-discovery techniques such as metabolomics or proteomics. The successful candidate will enhance collaborative departmental research in the area of anti-cancer research, molecular recognition, genomics/proteomics and organic synthesis.

Teaching responsibilities will include introductory courses such as general chemistry and advanced courses such as organic and biochemistry. Additional course assignments will depend the department's need. We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated research excellence and a commitment to high quality teaching. The candidate will also have responsibilities supervising undergraduate student research, assist the department with administrative and/or committee work and undergraduate student academic advising.

Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related field and at least one year of postdoctoral experience.
  • A record of or potential for effective teaching in General Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Organic Chemistry, along with advising and mentoring students from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds.

    Preferred /Desired Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry or Biochemistry and graduate training in Pharmacognosy and/or Medicinal Chemistry
  • Prior experience in teaching introductory chemistry, Biochemistry, or Organic Chemistry.
  • A background in synthetic medicinal chemistry, natural products isolation and/or expertise in any of the mass spectrometry-based drug-discovery techniques such as metabolomics or proteomics, or preparation of protein nanoparticles.
  • Integrates high-field NMR technology and mass spectrometry into research projects and willingness to contribute to departmental proposals, such as instrumentation.
  • Enhance collaborative departmental research in the area of anti-cancer research, molecular recognition, genomics/proteomics and organic synthesis.
  • A willingness to work with new teaching technologies and to help and motivate students in undergraduate research.

    Employment Requirement – 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.

    How to Apply
    The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in January 2019. For full consideration please submit your completed application no later than January 2, 2019 by visiting California State University, Dominguez Hills employment website for full details at New & Returning Applicants at

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

    Applicants that are selected to move forward in the recruitment process will be notified by the Search Committee when to submit their 3 letters of recommendation directly to the email address of or you may mail directly to:

    Dr. Kenneth R. Rodriguez, Department Chair
    CSU, Dominguez Hills
    1000 East Victoria Street
    Carson, CA 90747

    Closing Statement
    California State University, Dominguez Hills, 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.

    Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the CSU Dominguez Hills Human Resources Office (310) 243-3771 or the Academic Affairs Personnel Services Office at (310) 243-3766.

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    Upon appointment all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

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