College of Natural & Social Sciences


Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry

Starting Date:

Fall 2018

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned doctorate in Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics, or closely-related field from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required; however, applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered.  For appointment, the doctorate must be completed by the date of appointment (8/16/18);
2) Demonstrated research at the university level in the area of theoretical/computational chemistry;
3) Evidence of publications in scholarly journals;
4) Evidence of teaching effectiveness at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, 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:

1) Post-doctoral research experience, and;
2) Experience mentoring undergraduate students in a research setting.


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.

Specific duties as a faculty member in the Cal State LA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry may include:

  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in the area of expertise which may include, but not be limited to, undergraduate Physical Chemistry lecture series including the Computational Chemistry course, Physical Chemistry laboratory, graduate level Quantum Chemistry course, and General Chemistry lecture and laboratory.
  • Participation in curriculum development which includes modifying and improving existing courses and development of new courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Establishing an externally funded research program that involves mentoring CSULA students at both the undergraduate and Master’s level.
  • Publishing research papers in recognized scholarly journals.

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:

California State University, Los Angeles 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:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the address below: 1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications; 2) A curriculum vitae; 3) A description of proposed research including how undergraduate and Master’s students will be involved in the research process and a list of required resources; 4) A statement of teaching philosophy and how the candidate will engage Cal State LA students in the learning process (2 page maximum); 5) A list of three professional references, and; 6) A university application for employment (found here). Finalists will be required to submit: 1) three current letters of recommendation, and; 2) official transcripts. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.



The application deadline is November 27, 2017.

All application materials must be submitted electronically as attached pdf documents to the e-mail address listed below:

c/o Mr. Alex Czerwinski
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA  90032
(323) 343-2300

Questions may be addressed to: Dr. Scott Nickolaisen, Search Committee Chair at snickol@calstatela.edu or 323-343-2300.

The deadline for receipt of application materials is Wednesday, November 27, 2017.  Applicants will be notified by e-mail regarding the progress of the search during the review process.

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.

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 tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, 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, 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.