Faculty position: Plant Evolutionary Biologist at CSUN

Dear Colleagues:

Cal State Northridge is hiring a Plant Evolutionary Biologist and I’m seeking your help to identify any qualified candidates. Ideally, we’re looking for somebody with expertise in molecular systematics, but we’ll consider anybody that works on evolutionary questions associated with plants and has a strong record.

Although Cal States don’t have the reputation of most R-1 schools, CSUN is an exception in that our President and Provost are pushing research more than most Cal States and putting their money where their mouth is. Despite having to teach slightly more than some places, I’ve found enough time and resources to do what I want here (well, at least as much time as any of us have to do what we want). I’d appreciate your forwarding this along to people that you think might be appropriate.


California State University, Northridge, seeks a Plant Evolutionary Biologist to become a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology. Applicants’ research should address evolutionary questions in plant biology, with a preferable focus on molecular systematics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience. Teaching will include Evolutionary Biology, Flowering Plants, and/or an upper division course developed by the applicant. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous research program involving undergraduate and M.S. students, aggressively seek extramural funding, demonstrate teaching excellence, and provide effective instruction to students of diverse backgrounds in a multicultural setting.

The successful candidate is expected to establish a productive research lab, preferably involving research on plants in their natural habitat and to collaborate with others in the department using molecular tools, including next-generation sequencing technologies. The Department of Biology has a fully functional Molecular Core Facility with an in-house Illumina Sequencer. Faculty in the department’s Ecology and Evolution area have a strong commitment to teaching courses in field biology and to offering students research experiences testing evolutionary ideas. We seek applicants who share this vision and have a strong interest in field research/teaching. The successful applicant will be expected to teach Evolutionary Biology (upper division majors course) and Flowering Plants (an upper division field and laboratory course), as well as specialty upper division majors and/or graduate level course(s) in their area of expertise.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.


• Develop a vigorous research program involving undergraduate and M.S. students and seek extramural research funds. • Demonstrate teaching excellence in coursework at multiple levels.
• Participate in department, college, and university service.

Application Deadline:

Screening will begin on November 1, 2015. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline. However, the position will remain open until filled. Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter, (2) CV, (3) summary of research experience, (4) summary of teaching philosophy and experience, including how his/her teaching reaches a diverse student body, and (5) PDFs of three publications to: Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to plantevosearch. Although electronic applications are strongly encouraged, materials may also be sent to: Plant Evolutionary Biologist Search Committee, Department of Biology, California State University, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, California 91330-8303, USA. In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.

In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.

The full job ad can be found here: http://www.csun.edu/biosphere/PlantEvoSearch_aa1.pdf

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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