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Biotechnology Program Director and Professor of Practice

  • Full-time Temporary, 12 months
  • College: College of Science and Mathematics
  • Department:  Biotechnology Program

The Biotechnology Program at California State University San Marcos seeks a Professor of Practice and Director for CSUSM Biotechnology Programs. This full time, 12-month position will be hired as a lecturer faculty member with administrative responsibilities. The position is a co-appointment with the College of Science and Mathematics and the Division of Extended Learning at CSUSM. We offer a competitive salary with full California State University system benefits.

The overarching duty of the position is to sustain and improve the quality of undergraduate and graduate biotechnology education at CSUSM. Toward this end, the Program Director will have both administrative and teaching responsibilities. Primary administrative duties include, but are not limited to, expanding biotechnology internship opportunities for CSUSM students, serving as a CSUSM representative on biotechnology industry boards, leading the CSUSM Biotechnology Program Advisory Board, and pursuing external resources to support new initiatives in biotechnology education at CSUSM. Selected teaching duties may include undergraduate and graduate courses in biotechnology, and academic supervision of student internships in biotechnology.

Minimum qualifications:

  • M.S. or Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to the field of Biotechnology.
  • Demonstrated experience in the current scientific, regulatory, and business environments in the biotechnology/life science industry.

Preferred qualifications:

  • 8+ years of experience working in the biotechnology industry (local region preferred) with strong network in the field.
  • Evidence of effective management, mentorship, or teaching in industry or academic settings.
  • 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 the following to

  • A completed faculty application
  • A detailed letter of interest which emphasizes qualifications for the position
  • A Curriculum vitae that notes teaching/mentorship experience in industry or academic settings

Questions or requests for information should be sent by email to Dr. Matthew Escobar at

Timeline:  A review of applications will begin on March 16th, 2018; however, the position will remain open until 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 is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, and veteran or military 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.