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Assistant Professor, Biochemistry

California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento, California - California State University, Sacramento
$5405 - $11,994 monthly + benefits
Closing date
Nov 5, 2022

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Field of specialization
Work Function
Research-Basic, Teaching-Graduate, Teaching-Undergraduate
Job Type
Full time
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COLLEGE: Natural Sciences and Mathematics


POSITION TITLE: Assistant Professor - Biochemistry


The Department of Chemistry at Sacramento State offers an American Chemical Society approved BS Chemistry degree, a BS Biochemistry degree, BA degrees with concentrations in biochemistry and forensics, and master’s degrees in chemistry, including a biochemistry concentration.  The department is undergoing rapid growth and currently has over 400 majors.  Our degree programs include a strong focus on instrumentation and hands-on experiences.  We place a high value on faculty mentored research for undergraduates and graduate students.  Our graduates obtain industry and government jobs in chemistry, biochemistry, and biotechnology; complete MS/PhD programs in all areas of chemistry; complete professional health degrees in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and optometry; and teach in high schools/community colleges in the Sacramento region.

For additional information about the Department of Chemistry, please visit


The position is tenure-track and will be at the Assistant Professor level.  The assigned teaching load is 12 units per semester, with opportunities for release time to support exceptional levels of service.


Duties will include: teaching courses in biochemistry laboratory classes; teaching undergraduate and graduate biochemistry lecture courses; teaching general, organic and biochemistry (GOB) lecture and laboratory courses; advising undergraduate and graduate students; participating in committee assignments at the department, college and university level as well as engaging in chemistry-related community service activities; developing and maintaining departmental facilities; advancing programs and curricula in biochemistry; writing external grant proposals; and developing a program of scholarship in biochemistry or a closely related area involving undergraduate and graduate students.  Normal teaching loads are 3-4 classes per semester (lectures and labs).



Ph.D. in Biochemistry, or closely related field.  ABD will be considered. If ABD, all degree requirements must be completed by August 2023.

Special Knowledge and Abilities:

Applicant must possess a strong background in biochemistry. Applicants must be able to teach biochemistry laboratories and upper division/master's level lecture courses in biochemistry and general, organic and biochemistry (GOB) to allied health majors.  Ability to develop curricular materials in biochemistry, to instruct students in modern instrumentation, to develop independent research projects involving undergraduate and graduate students and to compete for external grants is required.  A commitment to teaching and mentoring students with diverse identities and experiences, and developing curriculum and assessment practices that center on student learning and success.


Experience teaching college-level chemistry is required.  Applicants must have an experimental background using modern chemical instrumentation. Applicants are expected to develop an experimentally based research program in biochemistry or a closely related area.


  • Candidate demonstrates knowledge and/or desire to implement teaching strategies to foster student success in introductory, upper division and graduate level chemistry courses.
  • Experience teaching a diverse student population.
  • Post-doctoral research experience. 
  • Interest and ability to engage in cross-disciplinary research (bioorganic, bioanalytical, biopolymer, for example) and to develop courses in these areas.


To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by November 1, 2022, position open until filled. 

An applicant must submit: (1) a letter of application; (2) a current curriculum vita; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) official undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts accepted until invited to campus to interview); (5) a statement of proposed research appropriate for an undergraduate institution that has MS programs in Chemistry; (6) a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching; and (7) three recent letters of reference sent separately.

Application inquiries should be addressed to:
Dr. Susan Crawford, Chair
Department of Chemistry
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, California 95819-6057


About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to student successdiversity, equity and inclusioncommunity engagementphilanthropy, and campus safety

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning. 

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit .

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at .
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Background Check Disclaimer
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at

Out of State Employment

Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

Eligibility Verification
Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

Advertised: October 04, 2022 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open Until Filled

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