July 05, 2022

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry/Chemical Biology position open

LEWIS & CLARK COLLEGE – Assistant Professor of Biochemistry/Chemical Biology

Located in Portland, Oregon, Lewis & Clark College is a small liberal arts college with 2,100 undergraduates. The Chemistry Department invites applications for a tenure-track position in biochemistry/chemical biology at the rank of Assistant Professor to join our community beginning in August 2023. We seek candidates who wish to become excellent teachers and scholars at an undergraduate institution and whose varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds can contribute to a diverse and inclusive community of critical thinkers. The Chemistry Department welcomes applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups in the sciences.

The Chemistry Department consists of five full-time faculty members who are all active in mentoring, publishing, and obtaining nationally competitive research, equipment, and pedagogical grants to accomplish departmental goals. The Chemistry Department emphasizes research as a teaching tool throughout the curriculum, and students are encouraged to do independent research.

The successful candidate will hold a joint appointment between the Chemistry Department and the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BCMB) Program, an interdisciplinary program comprising faculty from the Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Departments. Teaching responsibilities include a year-long sequence of advanced biochemistry courses, a biochemistry lab, and an advanced course focused on the candidate’s area of expertise. Additionally, they will eventually contribute to the College’s General Education Program, teaching in the introductory chemistry sequence or non-majors courses. We are especially interested in candidates whose research and pedagogy will connect and integrate chemistry with other disciplines at Lewis & Clark College. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an externally funded, research program that involves students. The Department encourages applications from all areas of biochemistry. A PhD in biochemistry, chemical biology, chemistry, or a closely related field is required, and postdoctoral research experience is preferred. For more information about our department and the BCMB program visit https://college.lclark.edu/departments/chemistry/ and https://college.lclark.edu/programs/biochemistry_and_molecular_biology/.

This year, Lewis & Clark College is searching for a total of seven tenure-track positions, including four in STEM fields. Our faculty typically teach five courses per academic year and advise and mentor students with varied backgrounds from across the US and around the globe. The College offers support for scholarly activities such as a one-semester pre-tenure research leave, funding for research students included in faculty start-up packages, and financial support for travel to professional meetings.

A complete application must include the following:

  1. Cover letter describing your interest in joining Lewis & Clark College and how you can contribute to a culture of equity and inclusion on our campus
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Research statement summarizing your proposed research program including the role of undergraduates
  4. Teaching statement describing your teaching philosophy and preparation to teach students from diverse backgrounds
  5. Graduate transcript
  6. Three letters of recommendation to be uploaded separately by recommenders.

Materials may be addressed to the search committee chair, Barbara Balko, and must be submitted via Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/109276). Click “Apply” to create your free account. Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. Lewis & Clark College will conduct a background check at the time an offer is made.

Lewis & Clark College adheres to a nondiscriminatory policy with respect to educational programs, activities, employment, and admission. We do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, sex, religion, age, marital status, national origin, the presence of any physical or sensory disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, and local laws. The Associate Vice President of Human Resources has been designated to handle inquiries regarding employment- and disability-related non-discrimination policies. Title IX inquiries may be directed to the Title IX coordinator or deputy Title IX coordinators (https://www.lclark.edu/about/title_ix_compliance).