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California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Position Number: 5302656
  • Location: Seaside, CA
  • Position Type: Science - Geology, Earth Sciences & Oceanography

Assistant Professor of Marine Invertebrate Ecology

Job no: 533020
Work type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences

Classification: Academic Year Faculty
Priority Screening Date: January 30, 2024 - Extended
Recruitment Status: Open Until Filled
Appointment Date: Fall 2024

California State University, Monterey Bay is a mid-sized university in California's Central Coast that grants undergraduate and graduate degrees. Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision Statement, CSUMB is part of the nation's largest four-year public university system, California State University, which educates nearly 460,000 students every year.

With a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,000 students, CSU Monterey Bay is both a Minority Serving Institution and a Hispanic Serving Institution. Our staff and faculty transform students' lives with a focus on student success and engagement through experiential learning, service learning, and a strong emphasis on multicultural and global perspectives. CSUMB's sustainability goal is to be carbon neutral by 2030.

The university's Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in developing a diverse body of faculty, staff and administrators. Many appreciate living and working close to the shores of beautiful Monterey Bay, with easy access to recreational areas from Big Sur to Santa Cruz. Nearby opportunities for collaborative research include working in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Silicon Valley, and with colleagues at local research universities, including UC Santa Cruz and Stanford University.

As one of the 23 campuses in the CSU system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate rental housing on East Campus, and competitive salaries for faculty and staff. With proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area and San Jose, opportunities for faculty, staff and students are as endless as the shores of the nearby Pacific Ocean.

The Department of Marine Science at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position to begin in Fall 2024. We seek applicants with a demonstrated commitment to teaching, and with interdisciplinary training in ecology, taxonomy, or conservation biology with a focus on marine invertebrates in the intertidal. Ideal applicants will have a strong background in field-based studies with a focus in one or more of the following: population and community ecology, conservation genetics, trophic dynamics, resource conservation biology, and/or modeling. We seek candidates who will complement the strengths of existing faculty.

The Department of Marine Science at CSUMB offers a B.S. degree in Marine Science. The College of Science also offers nine undergraduate degrees including a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science, as well as a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Faculty in the Department of Marine Science can advise thesis students in the M.S. program in Marine Science at nearby Moss Landing Marine Laboratories through the CSU consortium program and through the thesis track of the CSUMB Environmental Science Professional Science Masters Program. All the programs emphasize the critical thinking and technical skills necessary to develop workable solutions for complex environmental problems. Unique in their approach to linking marine science to management and decision-making, the B.S. in Marine Science and the M.S. in Environmental Science provide students with active learning and applied research in a wide variety of marine systems.

  • Teach primarily undergraduate courses (12 units/semester - up to 3 units of these units can be for mentoring undergraduate and masters student research). Depending upon candidate expertise and needs of the Department and College, courses may include Marine Biodiversity and Function (MSCI 345) and possibly an upper-division course in their area of expertise. The faculty member hired for this position would also be able to assist with other existing core MSCI courses (e.g., MSCI350: Quantitative Marine Science and MSCI340: Marine Ecology).
  • Employ innovative teaching and learning techniques that engage students through the use of technology, hands-on experience, and problem solving. Integrate field-based experiences for students into classes.
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate and masters students in research, academics, capstone projects, internships, and post-degree career options.
  • Play a collaborative role in integrating science and policy-relevant scholarship into the ongoing interdisciplinary research and teaching programs of CSUMB.
  • Develop professional relationships with the regional community of marine science education/research institutions, federal, state, local marine policy/management agencies, non-profit groups, schools and/or other marine stakeholders.
  • Sustain innovative and extramurally-funded research in marine science leading to publications and professional visibility.
  • Contribute to the Department of Marine Science, College of Science, and University-wide governance through participation at faculty meetings and through committee work.
  • Help implement the goals of the College of Science and the CSUMB Vision (

  • Ph.D. in biology, oceanography, marine science, marine ecology, or related field at time of hire.
  • Demonstrated excellence in facilitating learning through teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.
  • Publication record in field of expertise.
  • Capacity to develop a student-centered intertidal invertebrate research program in local, regional and west coast ecosystems.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability and desire to mentor and teach students from diverse cultural, ethnic, educational, and economic backgrounds.

  • A track record of conducting research related to population and community ecology, taxonomy, conservation genetics, trophic dynamics, resource conservation biology, and/or modeling.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate research into undergraduate education.
  • Experience in course and/or curriculum development.
  • Success in securing external funding to support research, including undergraduate student research.


All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).

The person holding this position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order EO 1095, EO 1096, and EO 1097 as a condition of employment.

The incumbent is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Education's Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California's Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

Working in the State of California is a condition of employment.


Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $80,000/annual - $85,000/annual

CSU Salary Schedule


CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding health, dental & vision plans; a fee waiver education program; and membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). For more information, visit: Employee Benefits Summary. Additionally, the University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability, visit: Schoonover Employee Housing for more information.


For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application and submit required documents by the priority screening date found at Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

Each applicant should submit the following documentation combined into a single PDF, along with the application:
  1. A current curriculum vitae
  2. A statement of research interests (2 pages)
  3. A statement of teaching interests (2 pages)
  4. A diversity statement (2 pages). The diversity statement is a way for each applicant for a tenure-track position to show a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. This is an opportunity to show how the applicant will be able to work with our students. Each statement should respond to the first question below; the other questions are optional but may help in guiding a response.
    1. Describe your pedagogical practices that foster an inclusive learning environment for our diverse student population. You may define teaching broadly to include curriculum, pedagogy, or climate, and broadly to include teaching that occurs outside the classroom setting.
    2. In what ways have your experiences shaped your perspectives, behaviors or actions about or towards others, and what did you learn from these experiences?
    3. What activities, outside of the area of teaching, do you plan to engage in as a faculty member that would address diversity, equity and inclusion?

You may include any other information that you think would help us understand your ability to work with our diverse student body.

Applicants who are invited for an on-campus interview will be expected to prepare two presentations, one focusing on research interests and one focusing on teaching. For the teaching presentation all applicants will be provided the same prompt.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Human Resources at (831) 582-3389 or


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State University, Monterey Bay Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at:

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. While on campus, students, faculty, staff, and the community will be expected to follow all campus safety mandates.

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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