Fresno State campus

Microbiology - Assistant Professor

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences

California State University, Fresno

College of Science and Mathematics

Department of Biology



Microbiologist - Assistant Professor

Tenure Track

Fall 2023

The Department of Biology in the College of Science and Mathematics at California State University, Fresno seeks applicants for a tenure-track, academic year position as an Assistant Professor of Microbiology.  Candidates with research programs that use microorganisms (bacteria or eukaryotic microorganisms) to address key questions in a current area of microbiology, e.g. mechanisms underlying the microbial basis of human diseases, will be considered.  Candidates are expected to develop a research program that involves training both undergraduate and graduate (M.S. and Professional Science Masters in Biotechnology) students.  Candidates are also expected to pursue external funding.  The successful candidate is expected to participate in and enhance the department’s current teaching portfolio.   The specific teaching assignments will depend on the candidate's expertise and departmental needs but will include General Microbiology (Biol 120), Medical Microbiology (Biol 121) and graduate courses in the candidate’s area of expertise.  Faculty members are also expected to engage in service activities at all levels of the university and provide academic and professional advice to students. 

Our Students:   California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):

  1. An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Microbiology, Biology with a specialization in Medical Microbiology, or a closely-related discipline is required by the time of position acceptance.

Required Experience:

  1. Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  2. Evidence of publications in scholarly journals,
  3. Demonstration of grant writing or scholarly activity at the university level,
  4. Evidence of teaching preparedness.

Preferred Experience:

  1. Experience teaching and conducting research with undergraduate and graduate students,
  2. Postdoctoral research or experience,
  3. A publication record that is commensurate with the candidate’s experience,
  4. Success obtaining extramural grants and contracts for research.


Application Procedures:  To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by the review date. The committee may elect to review applications submitted after this date. All positions automatically close on March 31, 2023.  Apply online at

Application Review Date:  Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Attach the following:

  1. A cover letter specifically addressing the candidate’s required experience preferred qualifications, and desired laboratory biosafety level of the proposed research activities.
  2. A current curriculum vitae,
  3. A statement of current and future research,
  4. A statement of teaching philosophy,
  5. A statement addressing your commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds,
  6. Names and contact information of five professional references.

Candidates invited for an on-campus visit must submit by mail/e-mail within the designated deadline.  The Search Chair will send information and requests for these items:

  1. Official transcripts
  2. Three current letters of recommendation

Committee Information:

Search Chair:   Dr. Alija Mujic
                       Department of Biology
                       College of Science and Mathematics

About Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, visit:

The campus is ranked 36th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges. The campus is classified as an R2 “Doctoral Universities – High research activities” university per Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.  For additional information, please visit:  We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

About the College and Department:

The Department of Biology consists of excellent educators with active, externally-funded research programs, who are dedicated to providing students with cutting-edge experiences in their areas of expertise. The department includes 17 full-time faculty with research strengths in microbiology, molecular genetics, cellular and developmental biology, physiology, and ecology and evolutionary biology, with whom the successful candidate may collaborate. Faculty in the Department may mentor graduate students through two complementary master’s degree programs, M.S. in Biology and P.S.M. in Biotechnology. In addition, the successful applicant could develop interdisciplinary collaborations with other departments within the College of Science and Mathematics or other colleges across campus.

The new faculty member will have opportunities to become involved in many different diversity, equity, and inclusion-related activities within the College, University, and local community. Some of these opportunities include: the College-level Building Opportunities through Networks of Discovery first-year experience program ( and NIH-funded Research Training Initiative for Scientific Enhancement program to support aspiring biomedical research scientists (, the University’s STEAM: Enriched Pathways program to boost student success in science, technology, engineering, agricultural sciences, and mathematics (, and the Fresno State instance of the National Coalition Building Institute ( For graduate students in particular, there are two different Bridges to the Doctorate programs: one NIH-funded in collaboration with UC Davis (, and one NSF-funded through the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (

Territorial Acknowledgement:

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land

Other Campus Information:

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at  Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based on the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

California State University, Fresno is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click

California State University, Fresno 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.

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