College of Natural & Social Sciences


Department of Biological Sciences

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Vertebrate Anatomy/Physiology

Starting Date:

Fall, 2018

Minimum Qualifications:

An earned doctorate (Ph.D., M.D, D.V.M.) in Anatomy, Biology, Physiology, Toxicology, or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education is required.

1) Minimum one year of relevant post-doctoral experience;
2) Evidence of current, innovative research in vertebrate anatomy, physiology, or environmental physiology, with an emphasis in one or more of the following areas: comparative anatomy/physiology and/or taxon-specific inquiries in mammalogy, herpetology, or toxicology;
3) Demonstrated record of research publications;
4) Demonstrated record of effective teaching in lower and/or upper division undergraduate core courses and graduate courses in vertebrate anatomy, physiology, and/or environmental physiology, and; 5) Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience securing external grant support.


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 courses in vertebrate anatomy, physiology, or environmental physiology, to provide academic advisement to biology students, to participate in curriculum development and to create courses in areas of expertise, to develop a productive, externally funded research program involving undergraduate and Master’s students, and to develop/enhance partnerships with the surrounding community.

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.


Initial salary is 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 28,000 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:

To be considered for initial review, applicants must submit: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing all minimum and preferred qualifications for the position; 2) a statement of research goals and teaching philosophy; 3) a current curriculum vitae; 4)  unofficial transcripts (terminal degrees only); 5) a list of three professional references, and; 6) a university application for employment (Found Here). These documents should be emailed as a single, combined PDF file to Katrina.Yamazaki@calstatela.edu

Semi-finalists will be contacted to forward three letters of professional recommendation (via E-mail) and official terminal degree transcripts (mailed copies) to be sent to the addresses listed below. 

Employment at CSULA is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Review of applications will begin October 2, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Please send application materials (email preferred) and address questions to: 

Dr. Katrina Yamazaki, Search Committee Chair;
California State University, Los Angeles;
College of Natural and Social Sciences;
Department of Biological Sciences;
5151 State University Drive,
Los Angeles, CA  90032;
E-mail: Katrina.Yamazaki@calstatela.edu.

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.