College of Natural & Social Sciences


Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, with focus on Analytical Chemistry

Starting Date:

August, 2020

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned doctorate in Analytical Chemistry 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 (8/20/20). 
2) Evidence of scholarly engagement (e.g., publications, grants/contracts, disciplinary presentations) with an analytical chemistry focus.
3) Evidence of teaching effectiveness at the undergraduate level.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Post-doctoral research experience.
2) Evidence of a research focus in spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and/or chemical separations.
3) Demonstrated experience and training in development and maintenance state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation.
4) Demonstrated experience mentoring undergraduate students in a research setting.
5) Evidence of teaching effectiveness at the graduate level.


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 include:

  1. Teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in the area of expertise which may include, but not be limited to, Quantitative Analysis lecture and laboratory, Advanced Analytical Chemistry lecture and laboratory series, and General Chemistry lecture and laboratory.
  2. Participate in curriculum development which includes modification and improvement of existing courses and development of new courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish an independent research program which can be supported by external funding, disseminated through scholarly publications, and involve mentoring and training students at the undergraduate and Master’s levels.

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. An attractive start-up package is available to set up the laboratory.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good.  We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations.  The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation.  As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-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. The University 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.  

The College:

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 the College of Natural and Social Sciences, which is home to fifteen academic departments, including the nation’s first Chicano Studies program, second Pan-African Studies program, as well as Latin American and Asian/Asian American Studies programs. 

The Department:

In its most recent listing (2018) the National Science Foundation ranks Cal State LA as the top baccalaureate institution of origin of Hispanic science PhD recipients among all predominantly undergraduate and masters colleges and universities in the continental US.  The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Cal State LA is the top contributor to this distinction. 

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below:
1)  A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.
2) A curriculum vitae.
3) A narrative that describes your proposed research, how you would engage undergraduate and graduate students in your research program, and the potential resources needed to conduct your research at Cal State LA.
4)  A statement of teaching philosophy and classroom approach (2-page maximum).
5) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.
6) A list of three professional references.
7)  A University Application for Employment Form

Finalists will be required to submit:
1) Official transcripts.
2) Three current letters of recommendation.

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


For full consideration, please submit all application material by December 1, 2019.  All applications received after that date will be reviewed at the discretion of the search committee.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to: analyticalsearch19@calstatela.edu. Please type “Chemistry & Biochemistry Tenure-Track Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the search committee chair (Dr. Krishna Foster) at: kfoster@calstatela.edu.

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.