The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Washington and Lee University seeks to hire a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor to teach Biochemistry and the associated labs. The one-year position starts July 1st, 2021 and requires a Ph.D. in Biochemistry or a closely-related field (note that ABD Ph.D. candidates will also be considered); teaching experience is highly desirable. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching a 6.0 course load, which includes teaching a two-semester biochemistry sequence and the accompanying labs. Depending on the enrollment in these biochemistry courses, there may also be an opportunity to develop and teach an advanced topics course in our 4-week Spring term. Additionally, it may be possible to access resources to engage students with undergraduate research.

Washington and Lee University promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in teaching and for vigorous scholarship. In keeping with the University Strategic Plan, we welcome applications from underrepresented minority candidates and members of other communities that are traditionally underrepresented in academia and science.

Washington and Lee University is a highly selective, independent, co-educational, liberal arts college of approximately 1820 undergraduate students located in Lexington, VA, three hours southwest of Washington, DC. W&L is ranked among the top 10 national liberal arts colleges. The Department has ACS-certified programs in both chemistry and biochemistry. We are especially interested in hiring faculty who can contribute to the intellectual vibrancy and diversity of our academic community. All applicants are expected to discuss their experience working with a diversifying student body in the cover letter.


A Ph.D. in Biochemistry or a closely-related field is preferred. ABD Ph.D. candidates will also be considered. Teaching experience is highly desirable.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit the following materials: a cover letter summarizing current and future scholarship, discussing teaching interests and experience, and demonstrating the ability to work with a diversifying student population; a curriculum vitae; graduate and undergraduate transcripts; a one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy; and three letters of recommendation. Letter writers will contribute their materials directly via Interfolio.

To submit applications online, visit: http://apply.interfolio.com/83075

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

If you have questions about the position, please contact Dr. Kyle Friend, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at friendk@wlu.edu.