Chemistry & Biochemistry FACULTY OPENING, Full-time, Tenure-track

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Sep 01, 2017
Sep 30, 2017
Field of specialization
Biochemical, Inorganic, Materials, Organic, Theoretical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Chemistry & Biochemistry FACULTY OPENING, Full-time, Tenure-track

Calvin College is seeking to fill a tenure-track position, pending administrative approval, in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department beginning August 2018.


Education and Experience

Faculty members are expected to demonstrate excellent teaching ability and a track record of (or strong potential for) scholarly work. Individuals with broad research interests in chemistry or biochemistry will be considered, with a minor preference given to those who can teach one or more of the following: biochemistry or computational chemistry. Successful candidates will either have 1) a PhD or other terminal degree in a chemistry-related field, or 2) a master’s degree in a chemistry-related field and five or more years of applicable experience. The department seeks persons who have a passion for teaching undergraduates, a desire to establish a research program involving undergraduates, and an active interest in integrating faith and science.

Desirable: post-doctoral experience, experience teaching undergraduates, evidence of scholarly activity and potential for acquiring external research funding.

Faith and Educational Commitment

1. Commitment to the educational mission of Calvin College as a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church.

2. A commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith, learning, and student development.

Diversity Commitment

Demonstrated awareness and commitment to effectively establishing relationships and positive communication across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, physical limitations, class, or religious perspectives.


Faculty members in the sciences typically teach two course sections and at least one lab section in each of the fall and spring semesters as well as a single January interim course. Faculty is also expected to advise students, establish an individual or collaborative research program that involves undergraduates, and to serve on college and departmental committees.


Calvin has a number of internal funding opportunities to support faculty teaching and research programs. Resources include course releases, summer research stipends, travel funds, and student research opportunities (for more information see:


The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department consists of a dynamic team of 13 full-time faculty and 2 staff. We have 35-50 graduates each year and offer majors in Chemistry and Biochemistry. In addition, each of these majors can be augmented with a concentration in Neuroscience or expanded into an ACS Accredited major, all within a vigorous liberal arts context. We are committed to both excellent teaching and vibrant research with undergraduates. We seek to build on highly successful record of garnering external and internal funding to support our facilities, equipment, and research.


Calvin College is a top-ranked liberal arts college that equips students to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. Approximately 4,000 Calvin students study the liberal arts and select from a broad range of majors and professional programs. The college is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in a thriving metropolitan region of approximately one million people situated equidistant from Chicago and Detroit.

Calvin College seeks faculty members who affirm the Christian faith as expressed by the Reformed confessions and who have academic and personal qualifications for teaching and scholarship. Calvin is building a tradition of diversity and accessibility and welcomes applications from persons whose personal characteristics will further that commitment. Calvin does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, or age. Calvin College is an educational agency of the Christian Reformed Church and, in compliance with Title VII and other applicable law, reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religion. Further specifics are posted on the college website:


Please submit a letter of application that addresses the requirements and responsibilities of the position, your full curriculum vita, complete graduate and undergraduate transcripts, three professional letters of recommendation, a personal letter of recommendation from a pastor at your church, a succinct statement of your philosophy of teaching, a 1000-2000 word statement detailing your plans for research, and a 250-500 word statement explaining how you seek to express your Christian faith in teaching and scholarship to the chair of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, Douglas A. Vander Griend ( Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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