Biology Education Specialist

Job description


This is a three-year appointment. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2019, with some flexibility.  Review of applications begins March 11, 2019.



This position is responsible for the set-up and preparation of the laboratory curriculum for the department’s Introductory Biology laboratories, teaching introductory lab sections as specified, and teaching Introductory Biology lecture sections or upper division courses as needed in areas of expertise.  Responsibilities also include updating laboratory curricula to match best practices in biology education.






Reporting to the Dean of Science, this position works collaboratively with faculty and the other Biology Education Specialist to perform the following essential duties and responsibilities:

Preparation of lab sections of Biology 43L/44L (Introductory Biology) including:  ordering, organizing and maintaining reagent/supply stocks and equipment used in Introductory Biology labs; inspection and maintenance of lab equipment; preparation of lab manuals; preparation of pre-labs and report guidelines; and posting of lab support material onto Sakai site.

Hire, train, coordinate and supervise undergraduate Teaching Assistants (TA’s). 

Teach the required number of sections specified each semester.

Oversee grading of pre-labs, recording of grades from all lab instructors, and distribution of lab grades to lecture instructors.

Be available to meet with students, and oversee end of semester evaluations of instructors and TA’s.

Keep abreast of developments in biology laboratory pedagogy, and work with faculty to design and implement new curricula that align with best practices in biology education. Participation in science pedagogy conferences is encouraged and funding is available to support attendance.

Performs other essential duties and tasks specific to preparation and execution of Introductory Biology laboratories.

Teach Introductory Biology lectures and/or courses in the upper division curriculum in areas of cell biology, molecular biology, or genetics.



  • Regular attendance is an essential function of this position.
  • Ability to take and follow directions.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others.
  • Ability to receive and respond appropriately to constructive criticism.
  • Ability to display a positive attitude.
  • Ability to multitask.




EDUCATION:  A Ph.D. in Biology, Biological Education or related fields is required.


EXPERIENCE:  Prior experience teaching and/or designing inquiry-based labs in the areas of molecular biology, cell biology, or genetics is preferred.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Moderate (20-50 lbs.)



The candidate’s training and experience will ideally display breadth across the broad field of Biology, with expertise in molecular biology, cell biology, or genetics. 

The successful candidate will possess excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to supervise and organize teams. 

Experience and proficiency with computers and software such as Word and Excel are required.

Demonstrate effective, accurate and clear communication with excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, reading and leadership skills to supervise, facilitate, motivate and coordinate undergraduate Teaching Assistants. 




REQUIRED HOURS:  The regular hours for this full-time position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Holiday, weekend and evening work hours may be required.  Travel may be required.  Regular hours may vary due to needs of the College or division. 



This is an exempt position.

This is a regular, full-time position.

This is a benefits-eligible position.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:  Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (TA’s)


GROOMING AND APPEARANCE:  The Claremont Colleges seek to maintain a neat and professional image at all times. 



The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check.  Certain positions will require the successful completion of a post-offer physical agility test.  Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.


This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position.   It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others.  It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position.  When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the College will review this job description and make changes of business necessity.

Claremont McKenna College hires and promotes individuals on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.  Inquiries may be directed to the Director for Human Resources, 528 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-4015, (909) 621-8490.  All applicants must complete and submit an online application to be considered for an open position.

Employment is contingent upon new employee providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for aliens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States, applicant's acceptability for positions requiring use of a college vehicle is contingent upon a driving record acceptable to the College's automobile liability insurance. Promotion from within is encouraged whenever qualified employees of Claremont McKenna College are available. Interested employees of the College are urged to contact the Office of Human Resources if qualified for any open position. Please do not contact departments directly.


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In compliance with applicable laws ensuring equal opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, CMC will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual (applicant or employee) with a disability if the disability affects the performance of essential job functions, unless the accommodation results in an undue hardship for the College. Employment decisions are based on the merit and not an individual’s disability.               

An applicant or employee who requires an accommodation should contact the immediate supervisor and the Human Resources Office. If multiple accommodations are identified that do not pose an undue hardship for the College, the selection of an accommodation will be at CMC’s discretion. To request disability accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (909) 621-8490 or [email protected] for assistance.




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Job No: REQ-1436
Posted: 2/18/2019
Application Due: 4/19/2019
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