College of Natural & Social Sciences


Department of Biological Sciences

Teaching Associate for Department of  Biological Sciences in laboratory sections of courses in both Biology and Microbiology.

Starting Date:

Beginning Fall quarter 2011 and on-going.

Minimum Qualifications:

Degree-seeking graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences.  A Bachelor’s degree or higher in a Biological Science, or closely related field, from an accredited institution of higher education is required. Teaching Associates must be registered in a CSU graduate degree program and must be enrolled in courses towards the completion of that graduate degree during the appointment period. Applicants should have the ability to relate well to others within the academic environment, demonstrate ability and/or interest in working in a multiethnic, multicultural environment, and have good oral and written communication skills.

As a University dedicated to engagement, service and the public good, the successful candidate will be expected to join faculty, staff, students and administrators in a commitment to these purposes.

Preferred Qualifications:

The applicant should display an ease and comfort in working with students of all ethnicities. Good library research, writing, people/social skills as well as an ability to mentor undergraduate students is essential.

Hiring Criteria:

Priority will be given to individuals who have excellent oral and written communication skills.


Under supervision of faculty, successful candidates will teach laboratory sections of undergraduate biology and microbiology labs. They will be required to attend weekly meetings with the lab coordinator for the class and they may be expected to attend the lecture associated with the lab that they are teaching and/or help the instructor in the proctoring of exams.  The teaching associate may also be responsible for helping to clarify course material or course content for students.



Initial salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. Founded in 1947, the University is in the city of Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and has more than 23,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic diversity of the area. The University is a federally recognized Hispanic-serving, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving, and Minority-serving institution.

Required Documentation:

Standard documentation includes: letter of application, curriculum vita, GET print-out verifying enrollment in a program of graduate study in the department of Biological Sciences, three letters of recommendation and the University’s Application for Academic Employment form form. Employment contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Applications accepted at any time.  Address applications, required documentation and/or requests for information to:

Department of Biological Sciences
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Note: 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 CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a 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.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran, or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.