College of Natural & Social Sciences


Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry

Starting Date:

Fall 2018

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An An earned doctorate (Ph.D. or equivalent) in Organic Chemistry from an accredited institution of higher education (or equivalent); 
2) Post-doctoral research experience; 
3) Demonstrated research ability and evidence of Organic Chemistry publications in scholarly journals;
4) Evidence of effective teaching, and;
5) Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.

Preferred Qualifications:

Research experience in synthetic organic chemistry, including synthetic methodology, utilizing modern spectroscopic methods.


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in the area of expertise which may include courses in the division of Organic Chemistry; participate in curriculum development, which includes modification and improvement of existing courses and development of new courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; establish an externally funded research program that involves mentoring Cal State LA students at both the undergraduate and Master’s level; publish research in recognized scholarly journals; advise students on academic progress toward completion of degree and career options.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. With over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs led by award-winning faculty, Cal State LA’s dedication to access and excellence has been recognized nationally.  Founded in 1947, the University is located just minutes from downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and serves more than 28,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic and racial diversity of the area. As a federally recognized Hispanic-serving and Minority-serving institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. This longstanding commitment is reflected in its history as home to the nation’s first Chicano Studies program, second Pan-African Studies program, as well as Latin American and Asian and Asian American Studies programs. Faculty have the opportunity to establish affiliate status with ethnic studies and other academic programs, including the Honors College. 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 civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

In its most recent listing (2017) the National Science Foundation ranks Cal State LA as the top baccalaureate institution of origin of Hispanic science PhD recipients among all predominantly undergraduate and masters colleges and universities in the US.  The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Cal State LA is the top contributor to this distinction.  The university is ranked number one in the nation for economic upward mobility of its students.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to Organic Faculty Search Committee Chair (Professor Carlos G. Gutiérrez), as PDF attachments to ochemsearch17@calstatela.edu:  1) a cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) research plans, including how undergraduate and masters students will be involved in the research process; 4) statement that presents the candidate’s teaching philosophy as evidence of effective teaching ability; 5) a list of three professional references; 5) three current letters of recommendation, and; 6) university application for employment (found here). Finalists will be required to submit official transcripts. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


The application deadline is November 20, 2017.

Please address questions to:

Dr. Carlos G. Gutiérrez, Organic Faculty Search Committee Chair
c/o Alejandro Czerwinski
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive,
Los Angeles, CA  90032
Phone: 323-343-2300

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, 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.