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Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

College of Science

The Biological Sciences Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly
Pomona) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Host-Pathogen Interactions at the rank of
Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2018.

The Position

The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and
research. Teaching responsibilities could include basic microbiology, immunology, cell biology,
mycology, parasitology and specialty courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, such as host-pathogen
interactions, cellular microbiology, or medical microbiology as well as participation in introductory
biology and other courses in microbiology. The candidate must conduct research in host-pathogen
interactions at the cellular or organismal levels. The area of specialization is open, but candidates who
study host responses to bacteria, fungi, or parasites are encouraged to apply. Post-doctoral experience and
previous teaching experience are preferred. The successful candidate is expected to develop an
extramurally funded research program involving undergraduate and Master's level students. The applicant
will also be expected to assist in curriculum development, advise students, and serve on department,
college, and/or university committees, and engage in professional activities. Applicants whose work
incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to diversity in higher education are
particularly encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications

• The successful candidate will have a PhD from an accredited university in Microbiology, Immunology, or related field by December 2017.
• Demonstrate a commitment to contribute, teach, and engage in a multicultural environment with a diverse student body.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications

• Previous college teaching experience.
• Post-doctoral research experience.

Application Procedure

An application consisting of a single PDF file application submitted electronically with “Host-Pathogen position” in Subject line to that consists of:
  • cover letter that describes how the candidate’s teaching and research experience have prepared her/him to meet the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description (2 pages max);
  • curriculum vitae;
  • completed University application form which can be downloaded from our website at
  • statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages max);
  • a student success statement about the candidate’s teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (approximately one page, single-spaced);
  • proposed plan of research (2 pages max);
  • three representative publication reprints;
  • names, titles, addresses, emails and telephone numbers of three (minimum) to five (preferred) individuals who can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in this position
Semi-Finalists for the position will be required to provide three letters of reference (PDF format by email) submitted by the reference on official letterhead and an official transcript showing highest degree earned.

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than November 15, 2017. Electronic submission of application materials is preferred.

Please address application materials to:

Chair, Host-Pathogen Interactions Search Committee
Biological Sciences Department
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: 909.869.4038 FAX: 909.869.4078

About the University

Cal Poly Pomona, one of two polytechnic universities in California, is a member of the 23-campus California State University system. Our student population of approximately 23,000 enrolls in 51 baccalaureate, 30 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership, presented by 1,200 faculty. We recruit successful and career-focused students from throughout California and beyond. We are proud of our status as a Hispanic Serving Institution. We have a strong commitment to supporting scholarship, research, and student achievement. Our scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg, is located about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Southern California is one of the most dynamic economic and cultural environments in the country, and the campus is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains, and desert. The university is committed to diversifying its faculty and staff and has made educational equity one of its highest priorities. The mission of the university is to advance learning and knowledge by linking theory and practice in all disciplines, and to prepare students for lifelong learning, leadership, and careers in a changing, multicultural world.  

About the Department

Our 28-member Biological Sciences faculty offers a Masters program and a Bachelors
program to over 1,000 students in Biology, Biotechnology, and Environmental Biology. The Department
faculty has opportunities to engage in cooperative teaching and research activities with other Colleges at
Cal Poly Pomona, as well as nearby institutions including California Institute of Technology (CalTech);
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); University of California, Irvine; University of California,
Riverside; University of Southern California (USC); City of Hope Beckman Research Institute;
Claremont Colleges; California State University, Fullerton; California State University, Los Angeles. The
faculty in this Department has diverse expertise and is involved in a wide variety of both basic and
applied research. A focus on teamwork and cooperative activities is well developed. For more
information, see the Department website:

Equal Opportunity Employer

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.  Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status.  The University hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the Unites States.  As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university’s annual security report is available a 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 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.

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