Assistant Professor - Biological Sciences - Genetics

Job description

Job no: 498109
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences

Department Summary

The Department of Biological Sciences at San José State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in the field of Genetics. We are a team of dedicated teacher-scholars recognized for our commitment to excellent teaching, engaging students in research projects, and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in Biology and in STEM disciplines, more broadly.

The Department of Biological Sciences offers degrees in Biology with concentrations of Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Systems Physiology as well as degrees in Ecology & Evolution and Marine Biology. The highest degree offered is the Master's. There are approximately 1000 undergraduate majors and 65 Master's students enrolled. Facilities include molecular and microbiology research and teaching labs (BSL2 capable), confocal laser microscopy (Zeiss 700) and imaging, 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, animal facilities, bioinformatics and general computing labs, greenhouses, herbarium, plant growth chambers, and museums.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Genetics or related discipline
  • Post-doctoral experience in genetics or a related field
  • Publication record reflective of the candidate’s professional experience and the potential to become an excellent teacher-scholar
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in molecular genetics, human genetics or use of genetic model organisms
  • Teaching experience in genetics
  • Evidence of undergraduate or graduate research student mentoring
  • Experience working with Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other racially minoritized students in the classroom or research lab, and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education and STEM Disciplines shape patterns of participation and outcomes


  • Candidate is expected to develop a research program, publish in peer reviewed journals, pursue extramural research grants, and involve masters and undergraduate students in research
  • Candidate is expected to teach in courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. At the undergraduate level, teaching duties will include one or more of the following courses: General Genetics, Molecular Genetics, Human Genetics, and Neurogenetics. At the graduate level, teaching duties may include Seminar in Advanced Genetics, Advanced Molecular Techniques Laboratory, and graduate level courses in the applicant’s area of expertise. Teaching duties may also include participation in the freshman core biology series.
  • Participate in curriculum development and teaching of other courses to meet the needs of the program and its diverse student population.
  • Candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
  • Candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Compensation - Commensurate with qualifications and experience. See Benefits Summary for details.

Starting Date - August 2021

Eligibility - Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents for full consideration by January 13, 2021:

  • letter of interest (cover letter)
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 pages) that includes what role faculty play in student success
  • research plans (2 pages) including the candidate plans to engage undergraduate and MS students in research
  • diversity statement (2 pages) that discusses the candidate’s experience with and/or future plans to promote equity, inclusion, or diversity in biology and/or STEM,
  • three references with contact information

Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Shelley Cargill (Department Chair, [email protected]).

The University

San José State University enrolls over 35,700 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 third 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.

Equal Employment Statement

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.

Additional Information

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.

Advertised: November 03, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: Open until filled




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Posted: 11/4/2020
Application Due: 6/16/2021
Work Type: Full Time