Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

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Cornell College, a residential undergraduate liberal arts college, is seeking a biochemist for a full-time, tenure-track position at the assistant professor level beginning fall 2019.  This is a joint appointment in the Biology and Chemistry departments focused on supporting our Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program. We are particularly interested in candidates who study molecular mechanisms of biological processes and are committed to excellence in both teaching and student advising.  Primary teaching responsibilities will include biochemistry, general or organic chemistry, subcellular biology, and an advanced topics course. Students are most interested in advanced topic areas such as neuroscience, molecular physiology, pharmacology, immunology, molecular genetics or related field. A Ph.D. is required, and post-doctoral or teaching experience is preferred.

The candidate will also be expected to facilitate student-faculty research by actively engaging students in research projects embedded within courses and during our 8-week Cornell Summer Research Institute (https://www.cornellcollege.edu/research/). The College strongly supports STEM education, routinely providing internal funding to facilitate student-faculty research. The College is also significantly upgrading the teaching and research spaces within several departments. The Chemistry and Biology departments are currently moving into the newly-built Russell Science Center, which houses a variety of instrumentation to support coursework and research projects, including several types of spectrometers (UV-vis, fluorescence, atomic absorption, and a 400 MHz NMR), chromatography equipment (HPLC, GCMS, FPLC, and flash), several PCR systems, an inverted fluorescent phase contrast microscope, a cell counter, a zebrafish embryo injection system, and a microtiter plate reader.

All Cornell faculty are expected to participate in committee work and to facilitate their department's support of the College's core curriculum. The College seeks individuals who are committed to building a creative, dynamic and diverse workplace that celebrates the uniqueness of our faculty, staff, and students.  The College is committed to excellence in teaching and encourages interdisciplinary interests among its faculty to develop teaching strategies that capitalize on our unique academic calendar. Our year is divided into eight- 3 week blocks in which students enroll in a single course.  This academic calendar allows us the freedom to take students off-campus without impinging on other course commitments.  In addition, class size is limited to 25 students, but upper-level courses are often smaller. Faculty teach 6 courses during the year with the other 2 blocks reserved for ongoing research projects, course preparations, or travel to academic meetings.

Academic immersion and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from 45 states and 18 foreign countries. External endorsements include selection as one of the Colleges That Change Lives, a U.S. News Top 100 liberal arts college, and a Fiske Guide to Colleges Best Buy. Founded in 1853, Cornell's picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities, ranging from the majestic King Chapel to the newly renovated Thomas Commons. It is located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, an urban fringe community recognized by Frommer's as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" and located in the heart of Iowa's Creative Corridor.

Interested applicants should submit the following application materials to https://cornellcollege.applicantpro.com/jobs/866257.html

  • Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Teaching Statement - describing teaching interests and methods, including examples of individual commitment to diversity in the classroom/campus community
  • Research/Professional Interest Statement
  • A list of three (3) Professional References (Letters of recommendation will be requested from selected candidates at a later date.)
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts (Unofficial copies are acceptable. Official transcripts are needed prior to employment.) 

Consideration will begin October 17, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. 

For more information about the Biology and Chemistry programs, please visit the website at



Cornell is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  Cornell complies with Iowa's smoke free air act. Cornell utilizes E-Verify and requires satisfactory completion of a background check. 




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Posted: 10/31/2018
Application Due: 12/30/2018
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