College of Science

Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Experimental Biophysics and Related Areas

Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Experimental Biophysics

The Physics and Astronomy Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in experimental biophysics, broadly construed including biophotonics, biomaterials, and closely-related areas of material science and condensed matter physics, to begin in August 2018.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach both introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in physics, as well as engage in publishable research involving undergraduate students.  Applicants must obtain a Ph.D. in Physics, Biophysics, or a closely-related field by August 2018.  Previous college teaching experience (at least at the teaching assistant level) and the ability to establish an independent research program are required.  The successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and/or service, and be committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. The application deadline is November 27, 2017. Please read on for the details of the position. 

The Position:

The new faculty member will teach the full range (from freshman to senior level) of undergraduate courses in physics.  The position requires excellence in teaching and advising, professional and scholarly achievements, and service to the university.  The department has a very successful undergraduate program, with a history of accomplishments in research that involves undergraduates, including interdisciplinary collaborations (on and off campus) and high-quality research published with undergraduate co-authors in prestigious journals.  The mission of the department is undergraduate education; excellent teaching and published research that can involve undergraduates are both expected and supported.

The new faculty member will have the opportunity to work with students pursuing our new degree option in biophysics, and also our new minor in biophysics.  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 physics, biophysics, or a closely related field by August 2018 from an accredited university.
  • University teaching experience (at least at the teaching assistant level).
  • Documented evidence of original scholarship.


Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching lecture courses as the instructor of record.
  • Experience involving undergraduate students in research.
  • Ability to teach physics courses at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum, and particularly junior/senior-level biophysics courses.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to contribute, teach, and engage in a multicultural environment with a diverse student body.


Application Procedure: 

A completed application will consist of:

  • a cover letter that addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description;
  • a statement of teaching experience and philosophy;
  • a proposed research plan that includes clear descriptions of ways in which undergraduate students can participate;
  • a Student Success Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (approximately one page, single-spaced)
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a completed application form
  • In addition, please arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the department as well as the names and contact information for two additional references.  Include the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of your references in your applications.  Initial screening can begin without the letters of reference, but they must be received to advance to finalist status. Three letters of reference will be required of all finalists. A transcript confirming the graduate degree will be required of the person hired.


The deadline for applications is November 27, 2017. Applicants must e-mail one or more PDF files which include above application materials to to receive full consideration.  Please arrange for the references to send signed, PDF-format letters of reference to the e-mail address above. In case of questions, please contact Dr. Hector Mireles, Chair, at or:

Experimental Biophysics Search Committee  c/o Ertan Salik, Chair

Physics and Astronomy Department

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 W. Temple, Pomona, CA 91768

Phone: 909-869-3981   FAX: 909-869-5090  Email: 

The Department:

The Cal Poly Pomona Department of Physics and Astronomy is one of the largest in the CSU, and focuses entirely on undergraduate education, from classroom instruction, to advising, to research. In addition, faculty members maintain active research programs that provide hands-on learning opportunities for undergraduates. The department has 12 tenured/tenure track faculty and 6 support staff. For more information, please see the department website:


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 24,000 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.


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 United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university’s annual security report is available at .The 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.

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