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Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

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Job Title: Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences (we encourage outstanding candidates in all areas of biology to apply)

Hiring Institution and Department Information:

California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) is a Hispanic-Serving and Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution located in the capital city of California. Sacramento State seeks to recruit and retain diverse faculty members who share our institutional commitment to fostering student learning and growth in an inclusive and equitable environment.

The Department of Biological Sciences at Sacramento State seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. We encourage outstanding candidates in all areas of biology to apply. Housed within the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Department of Biological Sciences is one of the largest programs on campus, with approximately 1600 undergraduate and 50 Master’s students, 32 tenure track faculty, approximately 30 lecturers, and 11 technical and administrative staff. Students in our department come from diverse academic, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Faculty and staff are committed to equity and diversity programs that ensure student success in STEM disciplines. The Department prides itself on the collaborative nature in which students, staff, and faculty work together in a professional and supportive environment to ensure one another’s success.

Biological Sciences faculty are active research and pedagogical scholars who emphasize innovative teaching and student success. Faculty work closely with their students in instructional laboratories, advising sessions, and have opportunities for mentoring in their area of expertise. The Department has recently moved into a new state-of-the-art science building with shared research suites, molecular biology and imaging resources, and a mammalian cell culture facility, which add to our existing natural history collections, greenhouses, and California State University field resources. Additionally, the College has a growing consortium of faculty pursuing STEM education research. Faculty also nurture strong relationships with community partners, providing bridges for students to engage in internships, service-learning, and off-campus research experiences.

The Department of Biological Sciences is committed to fostering and maintaining an inclusive culture that respects the rights and dignity of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, caste, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. Sacramento State is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.

In concert with our diverse student community, we strongly encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups, including women, members of racially minoritized groups, and individuals with disabilities, to apply.


  • Teaching lower division, upper division, and graduate level courses in area of expertise, depending on the needs of the Department.
  • Developing a scholarly research program. In considering your future research at Sacramento State, please note that the Department does not have a vertebrate vivarium.
  • Providing service to the Department, College, and University.
  • Providing service and/or outreach to the community.
  • Academic and career advising for students.



  • PhD in Biology/Biological Sciences in fields including, but not limited to, cell and molecular biology, microbiology, developmental biology, plant and animal diversity, ecology and evolution, anatomy and physiology, computational biology, and biology education.
  • If ABD, candidates must complete the doctoral degree by August 1, 2023.
  • Prior college teaching experience and a demonstrated commitment to evidence-based teaching practices.
  • Ability to develop a research program involving undergraduate and/or Master’s degree students that can be adapted to a comprehensive state university where teaching is the primary focus.


  • Coursework and/or experience teaching biology at the college level.
  • Experience using inclusive, student-centered teaching strategies to advance equity and foster student success in the classroom.
  • Experience with and/or potential to provide academic and career advising for Biological Sciences students.
  • Experience with diverse student populations (e.g., mentoring or teaching students from systemically minoritized groups).
  • Commitment to providing service to the institution and community. (e.g., serving on university committees, contributing to or developing institutional programs that serve our students, outreach to local Title 1 K-12 schools, contributing to professional societies, etc.)


This is a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank beginning in the Fall 2023 semester. We encourage outstanding candidates in all areas of biology to apply. Salary is dependent upon CSU system-wide ranges, qualifications, and professional experience.


For full consideration, all application materials must be received by September 15, 2022.


Interested candidates must submit the following documents for their application to be considered:

  • Cover letter—must specifically address all required and preferred qualifications. (1,000 words maximum)
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy (1,000 words maximum)
  • Statement of Research Interests—your statement should describe your research focus and how you intend to adapt your work for a comprehensive state university where teaching is the primary focus, including how students will be involved. (1,000 words maximum)
  • Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). This statement should detail a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at the candidate’s institution, within their discipline, and/or community and should include a description of anticipated contributions to Sacramento State’s DEI efforts. (1,000 words maximum)
  • Name, telephone number, and email address for three academic/professional references who can comment on the candidate's professional preparation and experience.
  • Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate level transcripts (official copies will be requested upon hiring).

Questions regarding the position can contact Dr. Jamie Kneitel, Biological Sciences Chair, at