Two Tenure-Track positions in Biology at CSU Dominguez Hills


My department is hiring two biologists. What field of biology? You name it! The department has a broad variety of needs.

Some ad text is below, which provides the basics. Note that application review starts in late October.

The Department of Biology at California State University Dominguez Hills invites applications from individuals for two Tenure Track Assistant Professor positions, open to all disciplines of biology, starting August 2014. We are seeking two biologists who have passion for teaching biology and conducting research with undergraduates and Master’s students. A Ph.D. in biology or a related field is required. The applicants must possess scholarly and professional competence as demonstrated by a record of research publications and have demonstrated potential for effective teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses. The applicants must have demonstrated ability and/or interest in working in a multiethnic, multicultural environment. Teaching responsibilities may include general education, introductory biology, non-majors courses, and upper-division and graduate courses in the candidate’s specialty. The positions require the establishment of an active research program, as well as service to the university.  The Department of Biology offers four baccalaureate programs, an M.S. program, and two Minor programs. Recognizing the crucial role of research in science education, the Biology Department is committed to offering research opportunities to all interested and qualified students.

Review of applications, consisting of a CV, cover letter, teaching and research statements and a list of 3 references, will begin on October 23, 2013. To apply, submit materials through and additionally send all materials as a single file to, instructing references to send letters to

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7 thoughts on “Two Tenure-Track positions in Biology at CSU Dominguez Hills

  1. I don’t suppose mentioning my love of your blog will fast-track me to getting an interview … :)

    • I discussed it with the search committee before putting this on the blog. I had a few reservations about broadcasting it here and I wanted to make sure it was okay with everybody. While the site isn’t even biology-specific, because I’m an ecologist I think the audience skews in that direction and we’d attract more ecologists, and I didn’t want to disproportionately affect the composition of the pool in a way that would be unfair to the rest of the department. Also, the site clearly is chock-full of my opinions and experiences at my institution. Some of this would be useful in understanding the institution, helping people decide if this is the kind of job for them, but I’m just one dude in the department and we are all different people. I didn’t want to give a false impression about the department based on my personal filter.

      I was surprised to find that everybody thought it was a fine idea, and that the more we can get word out about the position, the better. If applicants are able to hear more about our institution, department, and the job from the blog — even if it’s filtered through my own bias — then that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Hopefully, it might help applicants know what they’re getting into.

      • I was joking, but it does raise a good point that the kind of information on the blog is really helpful for getting a feel for a department’s and school’s culture, even if it is through a single lens. It can sometimes be difficult to tell what a department is really looking for in a candidate when all job postings sound so much alike. Makes it hard to identify which personal qualities and skills should be emphasized. Anyways, I wish more faculty blogged about their experiences.

        • Yeah, you were joking, but it was a chance for me to explain why I put it here. Of course, everybody is wondering when they apply for jobs what exactly the department truly wants! We ourselves are wondering the same thing. We honestly have no preconceived notion about what kind of person we are looking for — which is the sentiment expressed on a post today on Joan Strassmann’s blog about their Evolution position at Wash U.

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