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Faculty Visitor Positions in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Wesleyan University


The Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry invites applications for a faculty visitor to teach up to two sections of MB&B 181 Principles of Biology I: Cell Biology and Molecular Basis of Heredity. This introductory course is held three times a week, with an additional discussion section on Fridays. The course description follows:


This course presents an exploration of the contemporary view of the cell and an
introduction to the molecules and mechanisms of genetics and gene function. The
course will have two major themes. First, we will focus 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. Second, we will focus on cell theory
and the underlying molecular mechanisms of cellular activity, including cell
signaling, energetics, cell motility, and cell cycling. Lectures (Mondays,
Wednesdays) will stress the experimental basis of conclusions presented and
highlight important details and major themes. The course will also emphasize
problem-solving approaches in cell and molecular biology (Fridays).


The Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry invites applications for a faculty visitor to teach MB&B 208 Molecular Biology and MB&B 383 Biochemistry. These courses are held three times a week, MB&B 208 in the first half and MB&B 383 in the second half of the semester. The course descriptions are as follows:

MB&B 208 is a comprehensive survey of the molecules and molecular
mechanisms underlying biological processes. It will focus on the cornerstone
biological processes of genome replication, gene expression, and protein function. In
the first half of the semester, the major biological macromolecules--DNA, RNA, and
proteins-will be analyzed to emphasize the principles that define their structure and
function. In the second half, we will consider how these components interact in larger
networks within cells to permit processing of external and internal information during
development and discuss how these processes become perturbed in disease states.

MB&B 383 focuses on the principles and concepts of contemporary biochemistry
from both the biological and chemical perspectives. For the first half of the semester,
major themes include the structure of proteins and the basis of enzymatic activity. The
second half covers metabolism and the generation and storage of metabolic energy,
and general principles of the biosynthesis of cellular components.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in the relevant discipline, and preference will be given to applicants with postdoctoral and/or prior teaching experience. Please submit applications, including a curriculum vita and statement of teaching interests (letters of reference are optional) to Anika Milik (, or send to Faculty Search, The Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459-0175.


Wesleyan is proud of its record of commitment to diversity, and encourages applications from women and persons of color. Wesleyan University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.