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Search for Tenure Track Faculty Position in Evolutionary Biology

Search Tenure Track Faculty Position in Evolutionary Biology

The Department of Biology at San Francisco State University offers an exciting opportunity for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position in Evolutionary Biology beginning August 2019. We seek a colleague who conducts research on evolutionary processes in natural populations (especially non-model organisms). We are particularly interested in researchers who integrate their field and/or laboratory work with mathematical modeling or with conservation issues such as climate change, disease, urbanization, or biodiversity.  Applicants must be committed to developing an externally funded research program and contributing to both undergraduate and graduate programs through teaching and mentorship of student research. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service to the excellence and diversity of the SFSU academic community.


The Department of Biology is home to over 1600 undergraduates, 200 master’s students, and 40 tenure/tenure-track faculty. The department has a reputation for actively engaging students from diverse backgrounds in educational pursuits and scientific discovery. San Francisco State University is one of the most diverse academic institutions in the country, with 6% African American, 33% Latino, 30% Asian, and 24% White (non-Latino) students.  The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world.

To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:  

Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body

Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging

Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice

Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio

Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;

Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.

Candidates will be expected to teach an upper division evolution course for biology majors and be willing to play a leadership role in expanding this course to serve all biology majors. Candidates will be expected teach additional courses within their area of expertise at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This position also requires mentoring and advising undergraduate and master’s level students, developing an active externally funded research program in the candidate’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments.

Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. and post-doctoral experience in a related field are required.  Candidates must have an active record of research related to their specialty area as well as evidence of external support or the potential for external funding of these activities. Candidates must have the ability to teach an upper division evolution course for biology majors and be prepared to teach additional courses within their area of expertise at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Preferred Qualifications: Experience teaching an upper division course in evolution for biology majors.  Experience and excitement about teaching and mentoring students from under-represented backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates who have contributed to programs that aim to increase access and success of underrepresented students in biology, or who have detailed plans to accomplish such goals. 


Rank and salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Application process: Please submit the following materials online to Academic Jobs Online by September 28, 2018 (review of applications will continue until the position is filled):  1) letter of intent/interest; 2) current CV; 3) a statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the commitment of the Biology Department to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community; 4) teaching statement; 5) research statement; 6) representative sample of published papers; 7) contact information for three references (letters of recommendation will be requested at a later date).

San Francisco State University is a member of the CSU system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. San Francisco State University faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work. Our goal is to attract a world-class and diverse faculty committed to building an equitable and inclusive educational environment.

San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected category. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups in science.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any employment with the CSU.