Tenure-Track Position in Biochemistry

Earlham College
Richmond, Indiana

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Job Details

The Earlham College Biology and Chemistry Departments invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Biochemistry at the Assistant Professor level. The position will be housed in either Biology or Chemistry, depending on teaching and research specialization, and have a leadership role in the Biochemistry interdepartmental major. Candidates must be excited about teaching bright and motivated undergraduates in a small liberal arts college environment. The appointment would begin August 2022.

Primary duties and responsibilities

Teaching responsibilities will include introductory courses in chemistry and biology, as well as upper-level elective courses in the successful candidate’s area of expertise. There are also opportunities to teach first-year seminars and other interdisciplinary courses. The successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain a student-faculty research program that will actively engage our undergraduate students. Other duties will include advising students and participating in College and Department service activities.

Experience and qualifications

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or a closely related field. Top candidates will have prior teaching and/or post-doctoral experience and be able to successfully engage students from diverse backgrounds in the classroom and laboratory.


The Biology and Chemistry Departments are housed in a newly renovated LEED certified facility that houses a wide variety of state-of-the-art instrumentation. The biochemistry program at Earlham strives to help students gain the analytical, critical thinking, and writing skills required to attend the top graduate schools, medical schools, veterinary schools, and public health programs. For more information please visit:




Application instructions

Please send a single PDF that includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial or official), a statement of teaching philosophy, a research plan that specifically addresses undergraduate research projects, a statement detailing how you plan to interact with and teach a diverse community, and contact information for three professional references.

Application materials should be sent to [email protected]

Review of applications will begin in October 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Please direct questions to Chelsy Nichols [email protected] or [email protected]

Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks applications from candidates who contribute to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, gender, sexual


Working at Earlham College

Earlham is a selective national liberal arts college founded in 1847. Earlham's affiliation with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) informs our emphasis on seeking the truth wherever it leads, respect for persons, learning from and with one another, conflict management and peacemaking, diversity, global education and on international experience. 

  • Earlham's 1,019 students are bright, eager and hardworking; they report significantly higher numbers of books read, papers written, interaction with professors, and other predictors of successful educational outcomes than are reported nationally.
  • Earlham graduates pursue advanced degrees at a high rate. Between 1992 and 2006, 10 percent of Earlham College graduates completed doctoral degrees. In fact, Earlham is 29th among 1,533 U.S. institutions in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s; 10th, in biological sciences. Many Earlham alumni are deeply and personally committed to social action and to trying to improve the world. (These findings are based on the Weighted Baccalaureate Origins Study for 1992-2006 provided by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium. Rankings reflect relative size of institutions.)
  • Faculty at Earlham rate their working environment highly, citing the match between the College's mission and their own sense of personal and professional aims. Our governance structure emphasizes collaboration and consultation. The Faculty Meeting and all committees operate by consensus-seeking rather than by voting.
  • Earlham's faculty have created a rich liberal arts curriculum that values interdisciplinary study. The College's recently redesigned General Education Program prepares students for a life of critical knowledge and informed action. Faculty actively lead international study programs in which 70 percent of our students participate for at least a semester.
  • The Richmond/Wayne County community of 70,000 is small enough to need and value the contributions and expertise of Earlham faculty and students. Our faculty often provide advice and leadership aimed at improving the quality of life and are involved with educational, environmental, social service, cultural and governmental organizations in Wayne County. In addition, faculty engage Earlham students in community-related research and presentations.
  • At the same time, our community is large enough to provide a microcosm of urban challenges. The community enjoys a symphony orchestra, civic theater, art and historical museum, environmental education center, regional arboretum, and miles of improved hiking and nature trails in the geologically rich Ordovician limestone Whitewater River gorge. Five institutions of higher education are located in Richmond and Wayne County: Earlham College, Earlham School of Religion, Bethany Seminary, Indiana University East and Ivy Tech State College.
  • Richmond is near three airports: 45 minutes west of Dayton, Ohio; an hour east of Indianapolis; and 75 minutes northwest of Cincinnati.
  • For more information about openings, contact Becky Thomas, academic dean and vice president for academic affairs.
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