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Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry, Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
19081, Swarthmore
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Oct 2, 2021

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Swarthmore College

Chemistry & Biochemistry Department

Location:  Swarthmore, PA

Open Date:  Aug 4, 2021


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Swarthmore College invites applications for a full-time tenure track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor to begin in Fall 2022. The successful candidate will have research interests in the field of experimental synthetic organic chemistry, broadly defined. The candidate will participate in the organic chemistry lecture and laboratory curricula as well as in the general chemistry curricula. Teaching an upper-level seminar on the topic of faculty interest or a first-year seminar to non-science majors is also anticipated.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has 8.5 permanent tenure lines, a Lecturer, four lab instructors and an instrument specialist. The Department graduates between 10 and 20 majors in Chemistry and Biochemistry as well as special majors in Chemical Physics and Chemistry Education. Classes for majors are small, students are motivated, and the opportunities for collaboration with colleagues and students are real and abundant. Additional information about the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry can be found at

Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia and near Wilmington DE, Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see


The successful candidate will have a PhD in hand by August 2022, a compelling classroom presence, a broad range of teaching and research interests appealing to a diverse student population, and a demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary and cross-departmental collaboration. Postdoctoral experience is highly encouraged.

The strongest candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to creative teaching and an active research program that speaks to and motivates undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.

Application Instructions

Please, apply via Interfolio Submit a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, a 6-page research statement, a 2-page statement of teaching philosophy and interests, and the names and contact information of three references. The recommendation letters should be submitted via Interfolio. Consideration of applications will begin on October 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.


Swarthmore College is a highly selective small liberal arts college located in a suburb of Philadelphia PA.
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