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California State University, Fullerton is a large, comprehensive, urban university with more than 4,100 full-and part-time faculty and staff members, and a diverse student body of 40,235 enrolled in Fall 2016. The university offers a broad spectrum of degree programs in liberal arts and sciences as well as applied and professional fields with 57 at the baccalaureate level and 52 graduate programs including a doctorate in education and doctor of nursing practice. Learning is preeminent at Cal State Fullerton. We combine the best qualities of teaching and research universities where actively engaged students, faculty and staff work in close collaborations to expand knowledge. Research and other creative activities are enhanced by the proximity of the campus to nationally recognized business, cultural, and educational institutions. Faculty members were awarded more than $21.4 million in grants and contracts for research and scholarly activities in 2015-16. The university has a longstanding tradition of collegial governance. Cal State Fullerton is strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. CSUF is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (the only one in Orange County) and an Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution. We are ranked 6th in the nation in terms of baccalaureate degrees awarded to minorities. In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State Fullerton 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, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, disability or Veteran's status or other personal characteristics or beliefs.


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University, Fullerton ( invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position preferably at the Assistant Professor level in PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY with expertise or a specialization in THEORETICAL CHEMISTRY.

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active, externally funded research program involving undergraduate and Master’s students, and be committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse student population. Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate level lecture and laboratory courses in Physical Chemistry, lower-division General Chemistry, as well as specialty courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. Interdisciplinary research collaborations within the department and college are encouraged, and the successful candidate is encouraged to be a productive member of the newly established Center for Computational and Applied Mathematics.

Applicants must have:

Rank and Salary
The position will be filled preferably at the rank of Assistant Professor, tenure-track. Salary and startup are competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available, which includes health/vision/dental plans; spouse or domestic partner and dependent fee-waiver; access to campus child-care; and a defined benefit retirement through the State system, along with optional tax-sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, consult

Appointment Date
August 15, 2016

The Department
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is comprised of 20 full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty with more than 600 undergraduate majors and 40 graduate students. We have long been committed to an educational program that provides high quality state-of-the-art teaching and research experiences for our students. From lecture and laboratory courses in biochemistry, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry to specialized courses in organic synthesis, biotechnology, instrumental analysis, and quantum chemistry, our students are exposed to a wide and interdisciplinary knowledge base. The Department is located in two buildings – McCarthy Hall and Dan Black Hall that house a growing inventory of major instrumentation, including a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer, an X-band EPR spectrometer, several GC and GC/MS instruments, FTIR spectrometers, Raman spectrometer, atomic absorption spectrometers, laser flash photolysis, UV-Vis spectrophotometers, and fluorimeters. Additional specialized resources include tissue culture and radioisotope rooms. A broad variety of modern, research-grade instruments and facilities are available and shared within the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Departmental extramural funding includes active research grants from a variety of agencies, including NSF, NIH, Research Corporation, the ACS Petroleum Research Fund, and other agencies, as well as program grants supporting students in specific undergraduate research programs, such as from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, NIH-MARC and NIH-MHIRT, and LSAMP. Degrees offered are the BA in Chemistry and BS in Chemistry and Biochemistry, with optional emphases in Environmental Chemistry or Biotechnology, and the MS and MA in Chemistry (which includes chemistry subspecialties). Some faculty members in the department are active in the Center for Applied Biotechnology Studies <> and others will play a significant role in establishing new centers concerned with the environment, resources and sustainability, and computational and applied mathematics (CCAM).

The Center for Computational and Applied Mathematics (CCAM) serves to encourage and facilitate research, education, and outreach in computational mathematics and science through interdisciplinary collaborations of a diverse group of faculty, students, and external partners. The goals of the center are to attract and bring together faculty, students and other researchers with related interests; provide research training to the next generation of students in an interdisciplinary environment; develop interdisciplinary research and educational products; position members to generate external funding unique to the Center’s mission; and engage in outreach and community building. The Center hosts a seminar series in which faculty and students, as well as external groups, can talk about their research and activities, and to explore possibilities for interdisciplinary projects.

The University and College
California State University, Fullerton, is the second largest university in California serving southern California and especially Orange County. It is the largest of the 23 California State University (CSU) campuses. The CSU system is the largest and most diverse university system in the country and one of the most affordable. CSUF is the only four year public Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in Orange County and an Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution. It ranks fourth and eighth nationally in the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded to Hispanics and minority students, respectively.

“The College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics (CNSM) is dedicated to the principle that teaching and research are intricately mixed and that undergraduate research, when properly approached, is an integral part of teaching. This fine balance between teaching and research is CNSM's greatest strength. Through the combination of quality instruction, student involvement in research and strong academic advisement, CNSM provides its students with the best education possible.” (

Application Procedure 
A complete on-line application must be received in order to receive consideration.  To apply, please go to: to view all job listings and select 8211BR to begin the application process and provide the following materials:

  1. a letter of application addressing the qualifications
  2. curriculum vitae
  3. a statement of teaching philosophy and experience that addresses teaching diverse populations (3-page limit)
  4. a statement of research experience and projects specifically designed to engage undergraduate and Master’s students, with description of strategies to obtain funding, including anticipated equipment needs (4-page limit)
  5. copies of relevant peer-reviewed publications (limit of 3)
  6. three letters of reference (see instruction below)

On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application.  They will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter.  You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back in to the recruitment system.

For inquiries, call: (657) 278-3621 or e-mail

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin December 1, 2015, and will continue until a suitable candidate is appointed.

Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

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 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

California State University Fullerton celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. EEO employer. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

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 Last Published 6/7/18