Department of Biology, San Francisco State University

1233 7985
Position ID:SFSU-Biology-PEB [#7985, Job No 3.16]
Position Title: Plant Evolutionary Biology - Assistant or Associate Professor
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:San Francisco, California 94132, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Plant Science
Plant Biology
Evolutionary Genomics and Speciation
Starting Date:2017/08/20
Appl Deadline:2016/10/24 finished (posted 2016/09/15)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Department of Biology at San Francisco State University invites applicants for a tenure-track position as Assistant or Associate Professor of Biology in Plant Evolutionary Biology beginning August 2017.

The Department seeks individuals with research interests from all areas of plant evolution, especially individuals whose interests complement existing departmental strengths in plant molecular genetics, physiology, ecology, and bioinformatics. We are searching especially for individuals who focus on phylogeny or speciation, aspects of ecological adaptation, population genetics, or phylogeography in an evolutionary context. Applicants must be committed to both teaching and to developing an externally funded research program, contributing to both the undergraduate and graduate programs through teaching and mentorship of student research.

The Department of Biology seeks to prepare the next generation of scientists, health professionals, teachers and citizens in areas of biology including microbiology, cell and molecular biology, physiology, botany, zoology, marine biology and ecology. With 40 tenure-track faculty and more than $30 million in active grants, the Department provides an exciting and stimulating environment for discovery and active learning.

San Francisco State University, a member of the California State University system, serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Biology serves over 2000 undergraduates and ~200 M.S. students. The mission of the University is to promote scholarship, freedom, human diversity, excellence in instruction, and intellectual accomplishment. SF State faculty members are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through continued research and publication. More information about this position and the Department of Biology can be found through the website: The anticipated start for this position is August 2017.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a Ph.D. degree, post-doctoral training, and a strong research record.

Candidates should have strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to teach an upper-division plant taxonomy course with laboratory each year, including a field component, and other courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs, in particular we lack sufficient faculty with plant training to properly staff introductory biology courses.

Candidates must have an active record of scholarship related to their specialty area and evidence of external support or the potential for external funding of these activities. Candidates are preferred who have teaching and/or research experience with a large, diverse student body.

Responsibilities: The position requires graduate and undergraduate teaching in Plant Taxonomy, Plant Evolution and Introductory Biology – Botany and Evolution, mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing scholarship program in plant evolutionary research, including, but not limited to phylogenetics, speciation, adaptation, population genetics, phylogeography, and ongoing committee and service assignments. Detailed position description is available at

Rank and salary: Assistant or Associate Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The CSU provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Application process: Submit the following material to 1) Letter of intent 2) Curriculum Vitae 3) Sample of scholarly papers 4) Teaching philosophy 5) Description of research interests 6) Three letters of recommendation

Review of applications will begin 24 October 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

San Francisco State University is a member of the California State University 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. SFSU faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work.

San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. We welcome applicants of all ethnic, racial and gender identities, sexual orientations as well as people with disabilities. We particularly encourage those who may be from historically underrepresented groups. 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.

The University is an Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications from women, members of all ethnic groups, veterans, and people with disabilities.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Department of Biology
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132-1722

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