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Full-Time Faculty – Natural Sciences Division; Head of Molecular Genetics

Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

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Al-Quds Bard, PalestineFull-Time Faculty – Natural Sciences Division; Head of Molecular GeneticsEmployer Website:
Entering its thirteenth year of operation in Fall 2021, Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences (AQB) is an innovative program offering a liberal arts undergraduate education and Master of Arts in Teaching program in Palestine, with an enrollment of 310 students in 2020-21. AQB’s undergraduate program, taught in English, is rigorous and culminates in a two-semester independent senior project, which, in the sciences, is generally a demanding original research project. Graduates of AQB receive dual degrees: a BA or a MAT from Al-Quds University and from Bard College (New York).

Al-Quds Bard College seeks a full-time faculty member in its Natural Sciences division, with principal responsibilities in its program in molecular genetics. The Molecular Genetics program at AQB is a rewarding and challenging, multidisciplinary program of study that prepares students to have a comprehensive knowledge base and flexible training in molecular genetics. This unique undergraduate program is the first of its kind and is not offered at any of the universities or institutions in Palestine.

This faculty member’s primary responsibility will be to serve as a Head of the Molecular Genetics program within the Natural Sciences division and to teach Molecular Biology and Genetics courses at advanced levels. The successful candidate will have strong teaching and research experiences in molecular biology, genetics and related areas of study. In addition to the program head and teaching responsibilities, the faculty member will mentor undergraduate students in conducting their research senior projects as well as participate in course, curriculum and program development.

Full-time faculty teach three courses per semester, supervise a minimum of two senior projects, and are assigned a group of advisees to whom they provide academic guidance throughout the year. Faculty are expected to engage in community service to contribute to the development of AQB. This includes, but is not limited to, participation in academic committees, admissions interviews, moderation and senior projects boards, faculty development workshops, faculty meetings, and additional administrative tasks, as needed. AQB faculty are also engaged regularly in activities of the Open Society University Network, a global enterprise that provides opportunities for collaborative teaching, research, and professional development through in-person and virtual exchange.

Excellence in and commitment to teaching at the undergraduate level is of primary importance. We seek faculty whose teaching methods are student-centered, involving students in active discussion and group tasks to develop their reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills in English. Candidates should be truly interdisciplinary—we seek someone who will creatively and intellectually challenge the standard methods of academic inquiry, and who can integrate both theoretical and practical approaches to learning.

  • PhD in Molecular Biology, Genetics, or Biotechnology from a university of recognized standing.
  • A minimum of 5 years teaching experience at the university or college level.
  • Experience in genetics, bioinformatics and molecular biology methods
  • A minimum of 5 years research experience is preferred, and have demonstrated scholarly achievement with a record of publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Must have the ability to obtain extramural funding.
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of AQB to provide student-centered teaching, foster critical thinking, and incorporate writing into most courses.
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • Excellent oral and communication skills, fluent English, and ability to communicate in Arabic a plus.

Application Instructions:
To apply please submit the information below on Interfolio by following this link:

Submit a CV; a cover letter that addresses your interest and background as it relates to this position, evidence of teaching effectiveness, student evaluations and Syllabi, and three letters of reference through

Review of applications will be on a rolling basis through the end of July with an anticipated start date in August 2021.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.



Undergraduate Degrees

Bard offers courses of study in four divisions—Arts; Languages and Literature; Science, Mathematics, and Computing; and Social Studies—and in interdivisional programs and concentrations. Students may also earn a five-year B.S./B.A. degree in economics and finance. The Bard College Conservatory of Music offers a five-year program in which students pursue a dual degree—a B.Music and a B.A. in a field other than music. Bard and its affiliated institutions also grant the following undergraduate degrees: A.A. at Bard High School Early College; A.A. and B.A. at Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College; and through the Bard Prison Initiative at six correctional institutions in New York State.

Graduate Degrees

More than 200 students are seeking graduate degrees: M.A. in curatorial studies, M.Music in vocal arts, conducting, and curatorial, critical, and performance studies, and M.S. in environmental policy, climate science and policy, and economic theory and policy at the Annandale campus; M.F.A. and M.A.T. at multiple campuses; M.B.A. in Sustainability in New York City; and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture at the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan. M.Music degrees are also offered at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Early Colleges

Bard's early colleges educate the next generation of thought leaders, preparing them to be lifetime learners. Bard High School Early Colleges in New York City, Newark, New Jersey, and Cleveland, Ohio; Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Bard Early College New Orleans and Bard Early College at the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy all serve the needs of highly motivated younger students.

International Degrees

Internationally, Bard confers dual B.A. degrees at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, Russia (Smolny College); American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan; and Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University; as well as dual B.A. and M.A.T. degrees at Al-Quds University in the West Bank.

Cultural Life

Campus life in Annandale is vibrant, with world-class performing arts venues; continuous and varied student activities; and numerous cultural and recreational opportunities in the surrounding historic Hudson River Valley and in New York City. Students choose from more than a hundred active clubs on campus, and new clubs begin every semester. The Bard College athletic teams are the Raptors. The College’s colors are red and white. The critically acclaimed Bard Music Festival is presented on campus each summer, exploring the life and work of a single composer through chamber music, choral and orchestral performances, symposia, panel discussions, and preconcert talks. Since 2003 the festival has been part of Bard SummerScape, which annually presents operas, films, and theatrical productions that complement the festival’s theme.

Outstanding Faculty

Bard's undergraduate faculty-to-student ratio is 1:10 and courses are taught by full faculty members. Among the many distinguished faculty at Bard College are five MacArthur Fellows—poets John Ashbery and Ann Lauterbach, novelist and memoirist Norman Manea, painter and multimedia artist Judy Pfaff, and journalist Mark Danner. Other notable faculty members include soprano Dawn Upshaw, journalist Ian Buruma, composers Joan Tower and George Tsontakis, poet Robert Kelly, and writers Luc Sante and Francine Prose. Over the years, four recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature have taught at Bard—Saul Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer, José Saramago, and Orhan Pamuk. 









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