Professor of the Practice Faculty Position in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Connecticut (US)
Wesleyan offers competitive salaries and benefits.
March 09 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

The Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Department invites applications for a teaching position as Assistant Professor of the Practice beginning in Fall 2018. A 3-year position is available, pending assessment after one year, with a course load of 5 credit units per academic year (e.g., 3 c.u. in Fall and 2 c.u. in Spring). The courses include MB&B 181 - Principles of Biology I: Cell Biology and Molecular Basis of Heredity (4 sections for 2 c.u.), MB&B 228 - Introductory Medical Biochemistry (2 sections for 2 c.u.), and an introductory, intermediate or upper level course in molecular biology or biochemistry. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, and participating in faculty governance at the department and university level. Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts university that values teaching and scholarship, has a diverse, motivated undergraduate student body, and offers competitive salaries and benefits.

The course descriptions for MB&B 181 and MB&B 228 are as follows:

MB&B 181: This course explores the contemporary view of the cell and introduces the molecules and mechanisms of genetics and gene function. The course has two major themes. The first focuses on the central dogma of molecular biology, describing the process of information transfer from genetic code in DNA through protein synthesis and function; topics include DNA replication and repair, chromosome dynamics, RNA transcription, protein translation, gene regulation, and genomics. The second focuses on cell theory and the underlying molecular mechanisms of cellular activity, including cell signaling, energetics, cell motility, and cell cycling. The course is structured as two lectures and one problem-solving session per week.

MB&B 228: This course focuses on essential concepts of biochemistry important to students interested in the health professions, including the chemical and biological foundations of cellular metabolism and related disease states. Major topics include the structure and function of biological molecules in the human body (proteins, carbohydrates, fats, nucleic acids, vitamins), enzyme catalysis, cellular signaling, as well as digestion, absorption, and processing of nutrients for energy and growth.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand by time of appointment in biochemistry or a related discipline, and preference will be given to applicants with postdoctoral and/or prior teaching experience. Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, statement of teaching philosophy, and you will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three references from whom we will obtain confidential letters of recommendation. As part of the teaching statement, we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body.  Applications should be submitted online at

Applications completed by April 6, 2018 will receive full consideration. Please contact Anika Dane at or 860-685-2404 if you have questions about the application process.

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Antonio Farias, VP for Equity & Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Officer, 860-685-4771,

Similar jobs

Similar jobs