Microbial Physiologist

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San José State University - San Jose, California
Subject to Budgetary Approval

Department: Biological Sciences
Job Opening ID (JOID): 25105
Specialization: Microbial Physiologist
Rank: Assistant Professor

Qualifications: The Department of Biological Sciences at San José State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in the area of microbial physiology with expertise in industrial microbiology (e.g. Fermentation, Food Microbiology, Biofuels). Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in a Microbiology-related discipline and a postdoctoral experience is highly recommended. Candidates should demonstrate a publication record reflective of their professional experience and excellent teaching practices. Applicants should have an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training in teaching, and other comparable experiences.

Responsibilities: Teaching duties will include an upper-division laboratory and or lecture course in the area of the applicant’s expertise (e.g., food microbiology, fermentation, microbial biotechnology, bioremediation) and participation in an upper-division General Microbiology course. Other possible teaching assignments include a capstone laboratory course in the microbiology area, Bacterial Physiology, and graduate level microbiology courses in the applicant’s area of expertise. Teaching duties may also include participation in the freshman core biology series. The successful candidate is expected to perform service, develop a research program, publish in peer reviewed journals, obtain extramural research grants, and involve masters and undergraduate students in research. Successful candidates will address the needs of a diverse student population regarding age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language, and academic preparedness through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies, and advising.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Starting Date: August 13, 2020
Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure:
For full consideration, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/ philosophy, research plans, and at least three original letters of reference with contact information by September 30, 2019 to https://apply.interfolio.com/67036. Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.

Please direct questions to: Dr. Shelley Cargill, Chair, Department of Biological Sciences at [email protected]

The Department of Biological Sciences offers degrees in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Organismal and Conservation Biology, Systems Physiology, General Biology, and Marine Biology (with Moss Landing Marine Laboratories). The highest degree offered is the Master's. There are approximately 1000 undergraduate majors and 45 Master's students enrolled. Facilities include, molecular and microbiology research and teaching labs (BSL2 capable), flow cytometry (FACSCalibur & FACScan) facility, cell culture facilities, a Proteomics Facility (QTOF LC/MS/MS, 2D Gel, TYPHOON Imager, and AKTA FPLC systems), anatomy and physiology research and teaching labs, bioinformatics and general computing labs, greenhouses, herbarium, plant growth chambers and museums. There is technical support for laboratory courses and equipment maintenance. Opportunities for collaboration with biotechnology companies are good.

San José State University enrolls over 33,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked fifth nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.

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.


A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.


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Job No: 25105
Posted: 8/16/2019
Application Due: 10/15/2019
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