California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Biological Sciences Department
College of Science

Tenure-Track Faculty Position

The Biological Sciences Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2014.

The Position: The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research. The area of specialty is open, but candidates who use molecular or computational tools to understand aspects of plant development, stress response, epigenetics, genomics, evolution and/or ecology are encouraged to apply. Teaching responsibilities will include plant and genetics courses, specialty courses in the candidate's area of expertise, and may also involve participation in introductory biology and other courses in botany. The successful candidate is expected to develop an extramurally funded research program involving undergraduate and Master's level students. The applicant will be expected to assist in curriculum development, advise students, serve on Department, College, and 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 Ph.D from an accredited university in biology, botany or a related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to be responsive to the educational equity goals of the university and its increasing ethnic diversity and international character.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous college teaching experience.
  • Post-doctoral research experience.
Application Procedure: Electronic submission of application materials as a single PDF file is preferred ( A completed application will consist of:
  • a cover letter that describes how the candidate’s teaching and research experience have prepared the applicant to meet the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a completed University application form which may be downloaded from our website at;
  • a statement of teaching philosophy;
  • a proposed plan of research;
  • representative publication reprints;
  • the names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five individuals who can speak to the candidate's potential for success in this position; and
  • finalists for the position will be required to provide three letters of reference (PDF format by email preferred) 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 December 2, 2013. Electronic submission of application materials is preferred. Please address application materials to:

Chair, Plant-Geneticist Search Committee
Biological Sciences Department
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: 909.869.3656; FAX: 909.869.4078

The University: Cal Poly Pomona is one of two polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system. Our ethnically diverse student population of approximately 21,000 enrolls in 60 baccalaureate, 26 master's degree programs and a doctorate in Educational Leadership, presented by a faculty of 1,000. We recruit students increasingly from throughout California and beyond. The students are success and career focused and extremely diverse. 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 in one of the most dynamic economic and cultural regions in the country, and 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.

The Department: Our 25-member Biological Sciences faculty offers two Masters programs and one Bachelor 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:

The Biological Sciences Department offers a Master of Science (MS) in Biology program, a Master of Biotechnology (Mbt) program and Bachelor's degree programs in Biology, Biotechnology and Environmental Biology. In addition, options in Botany, Microbiology, and Zoology are offered. The Department participates in interdisciplinary minors in Comparative System Analysis, Environmental Health Specialist, Physiology, and Quantitative Research, as well as in the post-baccalaureate Clinical Laboratory Scientist program and Clinical Genetic and Molecular Biology Scientist program. Departmental facilities include molecular biology laboratories, tissue culture facilities, animal housing facilities, greenhouses, controlled environmental units, computer laboratories, a radiation biology laboratory, plant, animal and microbiology collections, an electron microscopy facility and a Linux cluster with bioinformatics software.

Within the College of Science, the availability of a wide range of sophisticated research and teaching equipment is assured through cooperation between the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Kinesiology & Health Promotion, Physics & Astronomy, and Computer Science. Other resources also exist within the Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, and the Regenerative Studies and Landlab programs.

Cal Poly Pomona has active international programs, cooperative initiatives with industry and other connections that allow its faculty to expand their horizons in research, outreach, and creativity. Cal Poly Pomona also has a well developed support staff, facilities and programs for grant proposals, funding initiatives, and technology systems, and federally and state-approved facilities for various types of research to back up the efforts of an active faculty. There is a very active Faculty Professional Development Office that provides many services.

Cal Poly 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. Cal Poly Pomona 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.

glowing nerve and muscle cells
A fluorescent image of a live mammalian nerve-muscle preparation stained with FM1-43 and fluorescein-tagged ?-bungarotoxin, provided by the Voss laboratory in the Biological Sciences Department. The figure illustrates a brightly stained nerve (vertical structure) branching to form contacts with skeletal muscle fibers (horizontal structures). The brightest structures are the points of contact between the nerve and muscle fibers (neuromuscular junctions). Each muscle fiber is approximately 20 - 30 um in diameter.

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