Assistant Professor of Biology

Job description

The Department of Biology at Amherst College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank
of assistant professor in the area of biochemistry, to begin on July 1, 2020. We seek a colleague who is
committed to teaching and scholarship in a liberal arts college, and who shows promise for establishing a
high-quality research program that involves undergraduates. A Ph.D. is required, and postdoctoral
experience is strongly preferred.


Amherst College has become one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country. Within the last
decade, the college has profoundly transformed its student body. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's
students are Pell grant recipients; 45 percent of our students are domestic students of color; and 10
percent of our students are international students. Amherst College is committed to cultivating an
inclusive educational environment. Our expectation is that the successful candidate for this position will
excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity,
socioeconomic background, gender identity, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, and religion.


The successful candidate will teach an advanced biochemistry course with laboratory and rotate through a
team-taught introductory course in molecular and cellular biology. Additional teaching responsibilities
will depend on the candidate's interests and expertise. Pedagogical support is offered by Amherst's
Center for Teaching and Learning and other institutional initiatives. The candidate is also expected to
mount an independent research program that involves undergraduate students. Start-up funding,
additional forms of institutional support, and a generous sabbatical leave policy are available. The
candidate will be involved in the program in biochemistry and biophysics, which brings together a
collaborative group of faculty from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and Astronomy
that teach courses and mentor students in their pursuit of research questions that traverse and integrate
these fields. The sciences are housed within the new science center, completed in 2018, with state-of-the-art
teaching and research facilities.


Candidates are asked to apply electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/64482 with a cover letter, curriculum vitae,
research statement (three to five pages), and teaching statement (one to two pages), and a statement that
discusses past experiences and/or plans for supporting Amherst's diverse learning community (one page),
and to arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on
October 14, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Amherst College is an Equal Opportunity
Employer and encourages women, persons of color and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is
committed to enriching the educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty,
administration and staff. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact
Karen Racz, academic department coordinator of Biology ([email protected]; 413-542-2097).

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Posted: 7/16/2019
Application Due: 9/14/2019
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