Tenure Track Faculty in Biochemistry

Western is located in Gunnison, Colorado, a rural community 200 miles southwest of Denver.
$50,000 to $54,000
Dec 05, 2017
Jan 04, 2018
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Western State Colorado University invites applications for a tenure-track position in biochemistry at the assistant professor level.  Primary teaching responsibilities include lecture and laboratory courses in biochemistry, introductory chemistry and biology courses, and other courses in support of the degree programs in chemistry and biology.

The program in chemistry has approximately 60 majors and minors; three additional full-time faculty members; and a stockroom/laboratory coordinator. The program in biology has approximately 300 majors and minors; eight full-time faculty members; and a laboratory coordinator. Both programs have a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum.   


The position requires teaching 24 semester credits per academic year with the possibility of some reassigned time to conduct biochemistry related research involving undergraduates.   Responsibilities also include development and supervision of a robust undergraduate research program, seeking external funding, academic advising, assessment, student recruitment, service to pre-health students, service to the university, and continued professional development.


A doctorate in relevant field is required.  Candidates must possess a strong commitment to innovative undergraduate education and demonstrate excellence in teaching in both lecture and laboratory settings. A willingness to expand and revise the biochemistry curriculum is expected.  A demonstrated commitment to undergraduate research is also expected.  Collegiality and professional flexibility are characteristic of the department and will be sought in the successful candidate.

 Additional Application Information:
SALARY:                  Salary: $50,000-54,000 depending on experience.  Benefits include an employee/employer shared contribution retirement plan, life and health insurance and dependent tuition benefits after one year.
START DATE:           August 2018
APPLICATION:          Apply online at www.western.edu/jobs.  Required attachments to the online application include: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of proposed original research activities involving undergraduates, and academic transcripts. 

Three letters of recommendation are also required and these must be submitted via email to Lori Clement: lclement@western.edu

Please direct questions regarding the position to Dr. Anne Ryter, search committee chair: aryter@western.edu

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during screening. Official transcripts are required prior to employment.

Screening of applications will begin January 08, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

Western State Colorado University is a residential, four-year public institution with an enrollment of 2,400 students who come from across Colorado and all fifty states. Faculty members share a strong commitment to personalized education with the liberal arts as its core. They are student-oriented, collegial, energetic, and engaged in the campus and community. Western is located in Gunnison, Colorado, a rural community 200 miles southwest of Denver. At an elevation of 7,700 feet in the southern Rocky Mountains, the Gunnison valley provides significant year-round outdoor recreational opportunities. Employees have chosen Western State Colorado University because of the quality of life combined with rewarding careers. Visit http://www.western.edu  to learn more about Western.
Western State Colorado University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.