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Visiting Assistant Professor-Biochemist/Molecular Biologist

Employer
Cornell College
Location
Mount Vernon, Iowa

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Science & Technology, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Cornell College, a residential undergraduate liberal arts college, is seeking a biochemist or molecular biologist beginning fall 2022 for a two-year appointment with the possibility of extending the appointment to three years. This cross-disciplinary position is a joint appointment in the Biology and Chemistry Departments focused on supporting our Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program. The position has been designed to be a stepping stone for new Ph.D.s interested in making the transition to a tenure-track position at a liberal arts institution and the candidate will receive extensive mentoring in the three areas of teaching, conducting research with undergraduates, and academic advising. Primary teaching responsibilities will include courses in the Ingenuity core curriculum, biochemistry, general or organic chemistry, and subcellular biology. The area of specialization is open; possibilities include, but are not limited to, neuroscience, molecular physiology, pharmacology, immunology, infectious disease, molecular genetics, bioorganic chemistry, environmental chemistry, or related fields. A Ph.D. is required, and post-doctoral or teaching experience is preferred.

The departments seek individuals committed to excellence and innovation in undergraduate education with an emphasis on hands-on research projects and active engagement of diverse students in research endeavors. The candidate will have the opportunity to develop an undergraduate research program that contributes to the departments' strong commitment to student-faculty research, including participation in our 8-week Cornell Summer Research Institute (https://www.cornellcollege.edu/research/ ). The College strongly supports STEM education and routinely provides internal funding to facilitate student-faculty research. The Biology and Chemistry Departments are located in the newly-built Russell Science Center which houses a variety of instrumentation to support coursework and research projects, including several types of spectrometers (UV-vis, fluorescence, atomic absorption, and a 400 MHz NMR), chromatography equipment (HPLC, GCMS, FPLC, and flash), several PCR systems, an inverted fluorescent phase contrast microscope, a cell counter, a zebrafish embryo injection system, a microtiter plate reader, and an atomic force microscope.

Because Cornell College values diversity and strives to create a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included, the entire campus community engages in dialogue around issues of difference, identity, and ideology. The College is committed to fostering a faculty and staff community that reflects our diverse student body. We encourage applications from candidates who share our vision for a campus that embraces differing backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities, and who will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse. (See our diversity statement here.)

All Cornell faculty are expected to facilitate their department's support of the College's Ingenuity core curriculum. The College seeks individuals who are committed to building a creative, dynamic and diverse workplace that celebrates the uniqueness of our faculty, staff and students. The College is committed to excellence in teaching and encourages interdisciplinary interests among its faculty to develop teaching strategies that capitalize on our unique academic calendar. Our year is divided into eight- 3½ week blocks in which students enroll in a single course. This one-at-a-time approach fosters strong student engagement and close faculty-student relationships while allowing us the freedom to take students off-campus without impinging on other course commitments. In addition, class size is limited to 25 students, and upper-level courses are often smaller. Faculty teach 6 courses during the year with the other 2 blocks reserved for ongoing research projects, course preparations, or travel to academic meetings.

About Cornell College

Academic immersion, real world experience requirements through Ingenuity in Action, and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from 45 states and 13 foreign countries to Cornell. External endorsements include selection as one of the original Colleges That Change Lives, a U.S. News Top 100 liberal arts college, a Kiplinger's best value in liberal arts colleges, and one of only 290 U.S. colleges with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Founded in 1853, Cornell's picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities. Mount Vernon, Iowa, is an urban fringe community recognized by Frommer's as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" and located in the heart of the ICR Iowa (Iowa City-Cedar Rapids) region.

Interested applicants should submit the following materials here:

  • A letter of application/cover letter, which includes a description of any experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Graduate transcript(s) (may be unofficial)
  • Teaching statement, describing teaching interests, experience, and philosophy, including examples of inclusive pedagogy
  • Research statement, describing research plans and how this research might be incorporated into undergraduate laboratories
  • At least 3 letters of recommendation sent directly to [email protected]

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For more information about both departments, please visit their respective departmental websites, https://www.cornellcollege.edu/biology/index.shtml and https://www.cornellcollege.edu/chemistry/index.shtml.

Any questions can be directed to Barbara Christie-Pope, Ph.D., Chair Department of Biology at [email protected] and/or to Charles Liberko, Ph.D., Chair Department of Chemistry at [email protected].

Cornell is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. Cornell complies with Iowa's Smoke-free Air Act, participates in e-verify for verification of employment eligibility, and conducts background checks.




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Organization

Cornell College is a nationally ranked, selective undergraduate liberal arts college of 1,000 students with a historic campus in the picturesque town of Mount Vernon, Iowa—a town distinguished by its vibrant local art scene and recognized by Frommer’s as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns.” Cornell College is highly regarded for the quality and distinctiveness of its academic programs, its first-class faculty, its engaged, talented students, and its distinctive One Course At A Time curriculum, which offers students a flexible and compelling learning environment. One of only 270 colleges in the United States to host an active chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Cornell College has been consistently ranked as one of the best values in higher education, and featured in Colleges That Change Lives.

The college is a member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, a consortium of 14 distinguished private liberal arts colleges (which include Carleton College, Grinnell College, Colorado College, Macalester College, and Knox College). Cornell boasts a student body that is at once national, international, and highly diverse: Students hail from 45 states and 18 foreign countries, with 27 percent students of color.

Small classes, the One Course At A Time curriculum, an undergraduate student/teacher ratio of 11 to 1, and accessible faculty are often mentioned by students as being among the strengths of the college. Cornell offers 36 majors, 28 minors, and 13 pre-professional programs.  In part due to the Block Plan, there are numerous opportunities for independent research in all disciplines, as well as a variety of internships that take advantage of the College's location near Chicago, St. Louis, and Cedar Rapids/Iowa City.  Featured interdisciplinary programs are Dimensions: The Center for the Science and Culture of Healthcare for pre-medical and health career preparation; the Berry Center for Economics, Business, and Public Policy studies; the Center for Law and Society; the Center for Literary Arts; the Cornell Summer Research Institute; and Cornell Fellows, a premier internship program.

Cornell graduates have contributed to society in all fields and endeavors and include recent recipients of the National Medal of Science, the Pulitzer Prize, and in 2012 the Black Engineer of the Year.

History: Cornell College open its doors in Mount Vernon, Iowa, in 1853, seven years after Iowa achieved statehood. Founded as the Iowa Conference Seminary, it adopted the name Cornell College and introduced a collegiate program in 1857.

Cornell was the first college west of the Mississippi to grant women the same rights and privileges as men, and, in 1858, to award a degree to a woman. Harriette Cooke, on the faculty from 1857 to 1890, was one of the first women in the nation to be paid a professorial salary equal to that of her male colleagues. Early in its history Cornell also adopted a policy of welcoming students of all religions and races. Its first black graduate, Frank Armstrong, class of 1900, served on Booker T. Washington's staff before going on to a career as a physician in Chicago.

Campus: Cornell is located on a beautiful, wooded hilltop in Mount Vernon, Iowa, just a few blocks from the town's historic main street. There are 44 buildings on 129 acres.  Cole Library is also the Mount Vernon public library, making it the only such library in the country.

Cornell is one of three campuses in the country listed entirely on the National Register of Historic Places—it was the first in the nation to be so listed—and the College maintains a longstanding commitment to maintaining its buildings even as it creates newer and more modern facilities. Recent examples include the award-winning renovation of the Thomas Commons in 2014, and the renovation of four first-year residence halls in 2015. Cornell has developed a master plan for continued improvement of facilities.

The President: Jonathan Brand has been president of Cornell College since July 2011. He holds a law degree from Cornell University, a master's degree in French literature from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor's degree in history and French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In his years at Cornell, he’s overseen the renovation of the Thomas Commons and four residence halls, as well as the opening of the McLennan Center in Chicago, the creation of the Center for the Literary Arts, the creation of the Cornell Summer Research Institute, the transition from nine to eight terms a year, and the addition of majors in engineering and business. In addition, he has worked closely with the college’s board of trustees, met with students, faculty, and staff, and traveled extensively to meet Cornell alumni.

Before coming to Cornell, he served as President of Doane College in Crete, Nebraska for six years and as Vice President of Institutional and Budget Planning and Special Assistant and Counsel to the President at Grinnell College for seven years.

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