Professor of the Practice Faculty Position in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Wesleyan University

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. degree in biochemistry or a related discipline, and preference will be given to applicants with postdoctoral and/or prior teaching experience. Applications, including a curriculum vita, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference, should be sent by March 18th 2018 to: Faculty Search, The Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459-0175 (email: adane@wesleyan.edu).

 

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.