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BIOL 686-6 Fall 2017

BIOL 686-6 - Research Methods in Biotechnology (Fall 2017)
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Science and Mathematics

The Department of Biological Sciences at California State University San Marcos seeks a part-time lecturer for Fall 2017 to teach Biol 686-6 – Research Methods in Biotechnology.  This course is designed for students in the PSM in Biotechnology

Course Description:

BIOL 686-6 Research Methods in Biotechnology. The laboratory component will complement the lecture providing hands-on learning of biochemical and molecular techniques used to probe protein structure and function. Commonly used techniques such as plasmid DNA extraction, site-directed mutagenesis, bacterial transformation, protein expression and purification, western blots, circular dichroism, and fluorometry will be performed along with cutting edge tools such as the CRISPR-Cas9. The laboratory will also emphasize scientific communication and cover how to maintain a detailed laboratory notebook, write a laboratory report, create a research poster, and present results to diverse audiences using PowerPoint. The lecture component will focus on how to write an industrial type laboratory notebook and white paper. In addition students will learn how to combine results from several experiments to create a poster and how to present results to scientists and non-scientists using PowerPoint slides.  At the end of the course, students will start thinking like a research scientist and have the background needed to not only design and carry out basic biochemistry and molecular biology experiments, but to understand the theoretical basis behind various tools and techniques and to trouble shoot research results. Students will also be able to effectively communicate results both orally and in writing.

Tentative lecture and lab times (may need to hire for any or all):

Lecture F

1:30:00 PM

2:20:00 PM

Lab F

2:30:00 PM

5:15:00 PM

 *Classes run from 8/28/2017 through 12/9/2017, final exam will fall between 12/11/2017 and 12/16/2017.  Grades due 12/21/2017.

Minimum Requirements for the position include:  a Master’s degree in biological sciences or equivalent, and teaching experience in college level biological classes.

Preferred qualifications for the position include:  a Ph.D. in biological sciences or equivalent.  Teaching experience with biological science majors courses or internships similar to the course description above.  Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated commitment to diversity and/or intercultural competence with diverse groups in relation to teaching.

To apply, please submit a completed Faculty Application, a curriculum vita with three current references, a letter of interest and documentation of teaching effectiveness and sample course syllabi submission are strongly encouraged when available to

**Please note – if your application materials have already been submitted to our Biological Sciences pool in the past two years, you will not need to submit them again to be considered for this particular course offering.  

Timeline A review of applications will begin on July 3, 2017; however, the position will remain open until filled.

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

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California State University San Marcos, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

This position is subject to employment verification, education verification, reference checks and criminal record checks.  A background check (including the 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.  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 the CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.  An offer of employment is contingent upon execution of an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status and Legal Duty to Report Child Abuse and Neglect form.  Signing the form is a prerequisite to employment and failure to sign will result in any offer of employment being withdrawn.