Job Posting Number: F00185
Department: Molecular Biology & Biochem-1103
Job Category: Faculty Posting

Position Details:
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.

Minimum Qualifications:
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.

Special Instructions To Applicants:
You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are (1) a cover letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) statement of teaching philosophy. As part of the teaching statement (or cover letter), we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body.

You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to insure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one).

After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number. At that point, each of the three referees whose email address you have provided will receive an automatically-generated email requesting that he or she submit a letter of reference for you.

Additional Information:
Please contact Anika Dane at adane@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-2404 if you have questions about the application process.