Assistant Professor - Marine Biology/Ecology - Biology Department 24-12

  • California State University, Northridge
  • Northridge, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Nov 08, 2023
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences Environmental Studies

Job Description


Assistant Professor - Marine Biology/Ecology - Biology Department 24-12

Tenure-Track Faculty Position Announcement

Department: Biology

Faculty Hire Number: #24-12

Rank: Assistant Professor

Effective Date of Appointment: August 23, 2024 (Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Salary Scale: $82,000 to $88,200 (Dependent upon qualifications)

CSUN's Commitment to You:

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation, and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

As a Hispanic-serving Institution (HSI), inclusiveness and diversity are integral to CSUN's commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. As of Fall 2022, CSUN enrolls ~38,000 students, where 57.3% are Latinx, 19.8% are White, 9.2% are Asian-American, 4.9% are Black/African American, 0.1% are Native American, and 0.2% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

The successful candidate will help the Department achieve equitable academic outcomes for all students through teaching, student mentorship, scholarship, and service.

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The department of Biology at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is seeking two tenure-track faculty members in Marine Biology/Ecology at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The successful candidates may teach courses in introductory biology and in the candidates' specialty, which may include marine biology/ecology, experimental design and analysis, biometry, phycology, invertebrate zoology, analyses of big ecological data, marine conservation biology, and have research interests in organismic biology and population/community ecology with a strong emphasis on fieldwork in temperate or tropical locations. Ability to conduct and lead research in marine habitats of southern California or coral reefs is preferred. We are particularly interested in building strengths in quantitative ecology, conservation biology, and understanding the capacities of organisms and systems to respond to multiple stressors associated with climate change. The successful candidates will demonstrate the potential to develop an externally funded research program that actively involves graduate and undergraduate students. The undergraduate curriculum includes a capstone experience involving a semester-long residential program at Santa Catalina Island, and the successful candidates are expected to participate in this program.

In addition to teaching, the position requires weekly office hours, attending faculty meetings, participation in assessment of student learning, and service to the department, college, and university. The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the college and department in which he/she/they is/are housed for recommending tenure and promotion. Given CSUN's commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement in a diverse environment, the successful candidate will help the Department achieve equitable academic outcomes for all students through teaching, student mentorship, scholarship, and service.

Required Qualifications:

  • Hold a Ph.D. in marine biology or a closely related field from an accredited institution
  • College or University-level in-person or online teaching experience
  • Postdoctoral experience
  • Demonstrate potential to develop an externally-funded research program that actively involves graduate and undergraduate students
    Strong publication history in peer reviewed journals that include papers as a first author
  • Ability to scientifically collaborate with national and/or international colleagues

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of effective engagement OR potential to engage with a diverse student body
  • Experience using OR potential to use culturally responsive pedagogy that leads to equitable outcomes for all students
  • Experience creating a student-centered learning environment
  • Research/Lab experience that includes working with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience adopting inclusive approaches to mentoring
  • Research experience in temperate or tropical marine ecosystems
  • Research experience associated with effects of climate change on biological and/or ecological processes
  • Ability to teach either an introductory biology or a specialized course in the biological sciences

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin September 18th, 2023. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

How to Apply:

Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN online application. To apply and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:

Applicants must submit to the website in the section above (1) a cover letter, (2) C.V., (3) statement of research interests, (4) statement of teaching experience and philosophy, including how the candidate's teaching reaches a diverse student body, (5) statement of experience with and philosophy for working in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, (6) three peer-reviewed publications, and (7) names of three references. Each of the above statements (excluding the C.V. and peer-reviewed publications) should be no longer than 2 pages. In later stages of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide additional materials, including three letters of recommendation.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work in the United States.

General Information:

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The person holding this position may be 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 accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Department of Biology office at 818-677- 3356.

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