Lecturer - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, Massachusetts (US)
Commensurate with experience
March 20 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Lecturer - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Massachusetts

Amherst (https://www.umass.edu/biochem/) seeks a full-time, non-tenure track Lecturer.


  • Classroom instruction in the BMB sections of an introductory molecular and cellular biology course that is the first required course in the BMB major taught by the BMB department. This position will coordinate course learning objectives, content, format and assessment with the course director and instructors in other CNS departments that offer similar courses.
  • Classroom instruction in the BMB sections of an upper level, non-majors biochemistry course that serves as essential preparation for MCAT exams. This position will coordinate with the course director on course learning objectives, content, format and assessment.
  • Implementing evidence-based pedagogical approaches.
  • Contributing to the BMB and life sciences curriculum by participating in ongoing discussions of pedagogical best practices, the current education research, the BMB Educational Effectiveness Plan (https://www.umass.edu/oapa/program-assessment/academic-department-assessment/educational-effectiveness-plan-eep) and curricular changes informed by the HHMI Inclusive Excellence project.

Other Functions:

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 
  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.


  • A Ph.D. in biochemistry or a closely-related field is required.
  • Experience in teaching biochemistry and molecular biology in an active learning environment
  • Knowledge of course design, assessment methods and teaching strategies
  • Skilled at implementing best practices in the use of emerging pedagogical applications and technology in the classroom.
  • Postdoctoral experience is preferred.


Special Instruction to Applicants:

Submit an electronic application including a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, the names and contact information of three references, and a statement of diversity (please see below for details). To begin the application process, go to: http://careers.umass.edu/amherst/en-us/job/498257/lecturer-biochemistry-and-molecular-biology.

Review of applications will begin April 22, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. The position is intended to be filled by September 1, 2019; however, a different start date, no later than January 2020, is negotiable.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. In addition to application materials above, candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities. (https://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion.)

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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