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Assistant Professor – Biological Psychology

California State University Dominguez Hills, Department of Psychology
Carson, California
Salary + Benefits
Closing date
Oct 28, 2021

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Position Description

The Department of  Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Academic Year) with the appointment starting in Fall 2022.

At CSUDH, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that include every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with varied abilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. CSUDH is seeking applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the University’s mission, vision, and core values.

For more information: Mission, Vision, and Core Values.

Department of Psychology

The College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences is one of six main instructional academic units of the university. The Psychology Department, an academic unit within the college, offers its students the option to pursue a wide variety of areas in the study of human and animal behavior while simultaneously providing a solid foundation in research and scientific aspects of the field of psychology.  For students with a general interest in psychology, many of our courses are fundamental in understanding oneself and relating to others more effectively.   At the undergraduate level, the Department of Psychology provides opportunity for the study of different aspects of the field.  For students interested in the research and scientific aspects, courses on the application of the scientific method to the study of human and animal behavior are offered. For those with applied interests, courses relating to counseling, clinical, and health psychology as well as behavioral medicine, industrial and organizational psychology, computers, and service in community agencies are offered.  

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The Position

The candidate’s area of specialization will be Biological Psychology. Responsibilities will include teaching a subset of the following courses:  Biological Psychology, Psychopharmacology, Sensation & Perception, Advanced Research Methods in Biological Psychology, Research Seminar in Biological Psychology, and/or a graduate seminar in Psychopharmacology.  The candidate would develop new courses in biological psychology to help meet that demand in our program and may also need to teach other courses in the undergraduate or graduate programs.  Other duties include committee work and maintaining an ongoing research program involving students. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for supervising and chairing graduate student theses in the Clinical Psychology and/or Health Psychology MA programs. The candidate is expected to establish and maintain an active research laboratory; the specific area of research is open. Existing faculty in our department are planning the construction of a rodent vivarium, which would support candidates who work with animal models, however candidates should be able to conduct research without the immediate need of a vivarium. Additionally, candidates would have access to shared core research facilities.


The primary responsibilities of faculty members are to teach (four courses per semester with opportunities for release), maintain an active research program, advise students, mentor graduate student thesis projects, and serve on department, college and university committees. The appointment will be effective for the 2022/2023 academic year and will begin in August 2022 (with a reduced teaching load).    


Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in biological/neuroscience or related fields by start of appointment
  • Demonstrated potential for teaching undergraduates from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.
  • Research experience (i.e., peer reviewed publications and/or externally funded grants) and experience mentoring graduate and/or undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach or prepare to teach courses listed in the “Position” section.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of effective teaching and other instructionally-related activities.
  • An active research program with a record of peer reviewed publications and potential for generating external funding.
  • Experience researching non-human model systems.
  • Experience with low-cost approaches to neuroscience research, including (but not exclusive to) use of invertebrate model systems, ex vivo/in vitro methodologies, and/or use of low-cost tools in their work.
  • Experience in or demonstrated commitment to service at the department, university, community, or professional level.

Employment Requirement – Background Check

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

How to Apply- To apply for this position, please click the "Apply Now" button on this page.

Job no: 505281

The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in October 2021. For full consideration, please submit your completed application with the required materials no later than November 5, 2021.

  • Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information
  • Cover letter
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • List of 3 references with contact information*
  • Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required for the finalist)**
  • A Statement on Teaching
  • A Statement on Research
  • Sample Publications or Evidence of Creative/Scholarly Activity
  • Teaching Evaluations (if available)

*This position requires three letters of recommendation (LORs). Please do not upload your LORs with your application. Your list of references will be notified at the appropriate time during the search process. They will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the LOR. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUDH by logging back into your applicant portal.

**For finalist with International transcripts, a United States Equivalency certification will be required.

A United States (US) Equivalency certification is required for earned/awarded/conferred foreign terminal degrees, which is from a foreign Academic Institution for foreign studies. The US Equivalency certification is used to validate foreign studies from an academic credential evaluation agency and is evaluated on foreign studies and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. The certification must translate the information in English, and confirm that your highest terminal degree is US Equivalent to a US terminal degree (i.e., Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate’s, Doctor’s of Philosophy). The certification can be emailed to or mailed directly to the office of Faculty Affairs and Development, 1000 East Victoria Street, WH-368, Carson, CA 90747.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact the department administrative support coordinator:

Elizabeth Som

Administrative Support Coordinator


CSU, Dominguez Hills

1000 East Victoria Street, (SBS A-336)

Carson, CA  90747

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