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Assistant Professor, Organic Chemistry

College of Science

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department in the College of Science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for two (2) tenure-track positions in Organic Chemistry at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor (commensurate with experience) to begin Fall 2018.

The Position

The faculty member will teach undergraduate and graduate lectures and laboratory classes in organic chemistry.  The positions require excellence in teaching and advising, research and scholarly achievements, and a commitment to service to the University.  Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a commitment to diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, including completion of graduate-level organic coursework, from an accredited university by June 1, 2017
  • Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching Organic Chemistry lecture and laboratory
  • Demonstrated potential to establish an active research program that broadens our current disciplinary expertise
  • Demonstrated commitment to contribute, teach, and engage a diverse student body and multicultural constituencies.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications

  • Postdoctoral experience
  • University/college teaching experience in Organic Chemistry lecture and laboratories courses, especially using techniques that promote student engagement and success

Application Procedure

A completed application will consist of:

  • a cover letter that describes the candidate’s teaching, research experience, interests, and that addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description
  • a curriculum vitae comprised of at least those elements specified on the application form
  • a completed application form; transcripts showing each degree earned (an official transcript will be required of finalists)
  • three recent letters of recommendation and the names and contact information (with written permission to contact) of two additional individuals who can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in this position.

Combined six-page limit for the following items:

  • a statement of the candidate’s teaching philosophy;
  • a statement of the candidate’s research plans that specifically addresses how undergraduates and Master’s students will be involved; and
  • a student success statement of the candidate’s teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (limit to one-page).

The position is open until filled.  First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than September 15, 2017. Early response is encouraged.  Please address all nominations, inquiries, requests for application forms, and application materials to:

Email: (preferred) 


Organic Search Committee
c/o Ms. Sandra Gutierrez-Magallanez
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

3801 W. Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

Phone:  (909) 869-3653

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 College

The College of Science is one of seven colleges on the campus with over 3500 undergraduate majors in eleven degree programs offered by seven academic departments:  Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Geological Sciences, Kinesiology & Health Promotion, Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics & Astronomy, and includes several specialty centers, see

Master’s degree programs enrolling approximately 250 students are offered in biology, chemistry, computer science and mathematics & statistics.  The College of Science is committed to excellence in teaching and research and is currently the largest recipient of extramural funding on the campus.  The College maintains active collaborations with industry through its cooperative education student internship programs and joint research projects.

About the Department

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department has 17 tenured/tenure-track faculty, and offers B.S. and M.S. degrees; see The Department and the B.S. Chemistry degree are certified by the American Chemical Society.  The Department currently serves 380 undergraduate chemistry majors, with an approved B.S. Biochemistry option that began in Fall 2011.  The Department has a small, focused Master’s degree program averaging 25 students over the past five years, culminating with a written dissertation describing the results of their work.  Chemistry majors have the option of completing a formal undergraduate research project for their degree.  In addition, the Department has been successful in attracting students from outside the major (Chemical Engineering, Biological Sciences and Agriculture) who can earn upper-division credit for undergraduate chemistry research under the guidance of chemistry faculty. Students that select this ACS accredited option conduct original research, under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and submit a senior thesis in which they describe and interpret their research.  This capstone research experience epitomizes the mission statement of the College of Science, which asserts that we strive for a "...modern and evolving curriculum that emphasizes a hands-on, learn-by-doing approach."

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.

Cal Poly Pomona is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. Please refer to the link below for policy information.