College of Natural & Social Sciences


Department of Biological Sciences

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences – Plant Biology

Starting Date:

Fall, 2017

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Plant Science, or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education is required, with a minimum of one year of relevant post-doctoral experience. The applicant must possess scholarly and professional competence as demonstrated by a record of research publications. 

We seek an individual with a strong foundation in plant biology and who performs cutting edge research in plant physiology or plant field ecology. The applicant must have demonstrated potential for effective teaching of lower and/or upper division undergraduate core courses covering both general and plant-focused content as well as graduate courses, with high academic standards using a variety of methodologies.  The applicant must be interested in mentoring and working closely with undergraduate and Master’s program graduate students both in the classroom and in research. The applicant must be willing to participate actively in course and curriculum development and to work cooperatively within a multi-disciplinary department and college. The applicant must be supported by three strong, positive letters of recommendation.

The applicant must have demonstrated ability and/or interest in working in a multiethnic, multicultural environment. The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to individuals with college level teaching experience in plant biology. Applicants with research interests in plant physiology (cellular, organismal, or ecophysiological processes) or plant field ecology (restoration or plant-insect interactions) will be given preference. Preference will be given to individuals with demonstrated potential for securing external grant support, and developing/strengthening partnerships with agricultural biotechnology and/or government regulatory agencies (FDA/USDA).


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

The selected candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and Master’s program graduate courses in both general and plant biology, provide academic advisement to students, participate in curriculum development with the opportunity to create courses in his/her area of expertise, and develop a productive, externally funded research program involving undergraduate and Master’s students. The selected candidate is also expected to participate in academic governance and committee service for the Department, College of Natural and Social Sciences, and the University.


Initial salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

Cal State LA is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. With over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs led by award-winning faculty, Cal State LA’s dedication to access and excellence has been recognized nationally.  Founded in 1947, the University is located just minutes from downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and serves more than 27,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic and racial diversity of the area. As a federally recognized Hispanic-serving and Minority-serving institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. This longstanding commitment is reflected in its history as home to the nation’s first Chicano Studies program, second Pan-African Studies program, as well as Latin American and Asian and Asian American Studies programs. Faculty have the opportunity to establish affiliate status with ethnic studies and other academic programs, including the Honors College. In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

Required Documentation:

Please submit electronically a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research plans, statement of teaching philosophy, a copy of unofficial transcripts, and the University’s Application for Academic Employment form compiled in one single pdf file. In addition, arrange for three letters of recommendation and official transcripts to be sent to the address listed below. The recommenders may send their letters electronically. Employment contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.  Address application, required documentation and/or request for information to:


Search Committee –Plant Biologist
Department of Biological Sciences
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8201


Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is 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.

Cal State LA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to achieving and supporting diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. Applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a strong record of mentoring students from underserved or underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

All qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.