San Diego State University Department of Biology

Faculty Recruitment: 2015-2016


Overview of SDSU and the Department of Biology

SDSU is a large campus that embraces the teacher-scholar model. The university offers bachelor's degrees in 84 areas, 76 master's degrees and 21 doctorate degrees. Our >30,000 students represent one of the most ethnically and socioeconomically diverse student bodies of any major university. SDSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution and is ranked 10th in the nation in conferring baccalaureate degrees to minorities. Candidates with experience in and/or commitment to working in a multicultural environment with large numbers of students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles are desired. The College of Sciences is host to a large number of federally-funded minority training programs. The Biology department has over 40 full time, research active faculty members that serve and mentor approximately 1500 undergraduate majors in Biology and Microbiology, 80 minors, and 200+ graduate students. We pride ourselves on a diverse set of coursework that includes many labs, discussions and activity sections. More than half of our undergraduates conduct independent research before graduating. An overview of our undergraduate curriculum can be found here.

Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff have attracted more than $1.5 billion in grants and contracts. Academic Analytics consistently ranked SDSU faculty research productivity highly when they performed these analyses in 2007-2010: #1 out of 92 small research universities in the United States, #15 out of all 155 public research universities, and #35 out of all 222 American research universities. Within SDSU, the department of Biology has one of the strongest research programs. The Biology Department has Master's and PhD programs in Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology. Faculty can mentor students in more than one program based on their research interests.

  Posted: 04/19/16
Endowed Chair in Biomedical Research as an Associate Professor or Recent Full Professor of Virology in San Diego

The Viral Information Institute is a new interdisciplinary research center at San Diego State University (SDSU) built upon the pioneering work in virology of a diverse group of collaborative faculty. The institute aims to understand the impact of microbial viruses in human health and ecosystems at a multi-scale level, combining cutting-edge research in molecular and cellular biology, microbiology, ecology, evolution, environmental science, biophysics, mathematical modeling, and computer science.

The Department of Biology at SDSU is recruiting an individual as either an associate professor or a full professor promoted to full within the last 5 years to be the Conrad Prebys Endowed Chair in Biomedical Research as part of the Viral Information Institute. The successful candidate will develop original research on impact of viruses and the human microbiome. The position requires an active relationship with other members of the center, building an integrative and collaborative environment for teamwork across disciplines.

Successful candidates will interact not only with members of the Viral Information group, but also with members of the Center for Microbial Sciences, Molecular Biology Institute, Computational Science Research Center, and colleagues in the College of Sciences. Mentoring students in our PhD programs (including Biology, Computational Science, and Statistics) as well as our Masters programs (including Biology, Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry & Biochemistry) is expected. In addition, all candidates will be expected to participate in the undergraduate and graduate teaching mission of SDSU.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of research accomplishments and funding, will employ state-of-the-art approaches in the study of viruses. The candidate will also have a strong record in grant writing and extramural support, as well as a demonstrated capacity for collaborating, mentoring, and teaching.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. The College of Sciences is host to a large number of federally-funded minority training programs (described at

Applicants should apply via Interfolio at Review of applications will begin 01 August 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications are not guaranteed full consideration.

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.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender, identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.