Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Allendale, Michigan
Competitive and commensurate with qualifications.
Oct 07, 2019
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Title:  Assistant Professor of Biochemistry


Grand Valley State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Biochemistry. The Chemistry Department at GVSU is a diverse, research-active group with 29 tenure-track faculty, dedicated to excellence in teaching. With newly renovated laboratory space, excellent research facilities and extensive teaching support, GVSU offers a great opportunity to develop all aspects of a successful professional career.


Required Qualifications and Education: Ph.D. in Biochemistry or related field; ABD will be considered with a Ph.D. completed by August 2020. Candidates must show a commitment to undergraduate education and to maintaining a productive program of scholarship that includes undergraduate research.

Preferred Qualifications and Education: Preference will be given to candidates who: have the capacity and/or interest in teaching broadly in the biochemistry curriculum, including upper level laboratories; bring experience from a postdoctoral or industrial position; have demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduate science courses; have experience using active learning strategies, employing technological tools to promote student understanding of biochemistry, or extending student learning experiences beyond the classroom, such as mentoring undergraduate research or project-based learning. The department is especially interested in qualified candidates who demonstrate an ability to work in a collaborative environment with a diverse population of students and colleagues.

Responsibilities: Duties each semester include: i) a baseline nine credit-hour teaching load, mainly involving biochemistry courses for science, pre-professional, and/or allied health majors, ii) baseline scholarship and service, and iii) a significant focus (equivalent to three credit hours) of additional responsibilities in teaching, scholarship, and/or service depending on the candidate's interests and the department’s needs. Newly hired faculty are normally expected to have their three credit hours of significant focus devoted to their scholarship. Department faculty are expected continually develop and grow as teachers, to maintain a productive program of scholarship, and to participate in departmental service activities. Employment begins August 6, 2020.


Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications.


How to Apply: Interested candidates should apply online at, selecting “Apply Now.” After completing an application form, the on-line system will require each applicant to attach the following documents: (Microsoft Word or pdf formats)


1)   An application cover letter, which addresses your interest in this position.


2)   A curriculum vita


3)   A teaching philosophy


4)   A brief summary of scholarship/research activities, including research projects appropriate for undergraduate students and a statement of facilities, equipment, and instrumentation needs. (Detailed equipment budgets are not necessary with the initial application.)



Applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the Biochemistry Search Committee. Letters should be sent as an e-mail attachment to [email protected] (use “Biochemistry Reference Letter” as the subject line). If necessary, letters may be sent by regular mail to Biochemistry Search Committee, Chemistry Department, 312 Padnos Hall, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401.

If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.


Date for Reviewing Applications: Consideration of applications will begin immediately.  Please submit an application by October 18, 2019 to assure full consideration. The position may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.


Campus: The Grand Valley campuses are located in Allendale and downtown Grand Rapids, which is the second largest metropolitan area in Michigan. The area offers numerous cultural and recreational opportunities, a moderate cost of living, and a high quality of life. Visit for information on living in the west Michigan area.

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Allendale, Michigan 49401 - (616) 331-5000

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