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Synthetic Organic Chemistry

California State University San Marcos invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the Chemistry department starting Fall 2014.

Minimum requirements for the position include: Ph.D. in organic chemistry with an expertise in synthetic organic chemistry.  Candidates must be able to teach courses in organic chemistry and be able to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with departmental colleagues in an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community.  The successful candidate will have a solid record of published research commensurate with years since receiving Ph.D. and the ability to develop and sustain an independent, externally funded research program involving students that will lead to original, peer-reviewed publications

Preferred requirements for the position include: Postdoctoral research experience is required.  All areas of synthetic organic chemistry research will be considered; however, we seek candidates whose projected research program will address questions at the interface of chemistry and biology, and those who have prior successful teaching experience at the post-secondary level.  The position is at the assistant professor level; however, under exceptional circumstances, applicants at the associate rank may be considered.  Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated intercultural competence with diverse groups in teaching, research and/or service.

DUTIES: The successful candidate will develop and teach introductory and advanced organic chemistry lecture and lab courses.  In addition, this person will teach upper division courses in the area of his/her expertise, and contribute to the general education curriculum.  The candidate should demonstrate a commitment towards the development of an active, externally funded research program in synthetic organic chemistry that involves students.  In addition, she/he is expected to participate in activities serving the department, college, university, and community, including the development of a new M.S. Biochemistry Program.


Applications must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research and teaching interests and statement of teaching philosophy and plans to obtain funding (3 page limit).
  • Reprints of representative publications
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Faculty Application
Submit application and direct any inquiries to:

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For file attachments use PDF. Candidates must ensure that three letters of recommendation are sent to the same e-mail address (scanned letter in PDF format) or mailed to:

Chair, Search Committee
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
California State University, San Marcos
San Marcos, California 92076

A review of application will begin on November 15, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. 

The university is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.

CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and was recently named one of the top 32 Colleges most friendly to junior faculty by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education. Visit  for more information.

California State University San Marcos, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, is strongly committed to equity and diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates in terms of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability and veteran status.