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Mississippi State University
Mississippi State University, Mississippi
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Oct 7, 2021

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Position Function:

For this Instructor position, the department seeks an experienced educator who is comfortable teaching core curriculum topics in biochemistry and molecular biology, including hands-on laboratory courses covering fundamental biochemistry and molecular biology techniques. The position comes with an expectation that the successful applicant will be committed to developing courses for distance education and will be engaged with core curriculum development. The expected teaching load for this 9-month position is 3-3 with a substantial student advising commitment. There will be opportunities for additional teaching employment in the summer.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology & Plant Pathology is a comprehensive department with an academic, research and service mission. The Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the College of Agriculture and Life Science, and currently advises approximately 450 undergraduates and 60 graduate students.

Area of Specialization:

Biochemistry and/or Molecular Biology

Anticipated Appointment Date:

January 1, 2022.

Tenure Track Status:

Non-Tenure Track.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Instructor will teach service and core curriculum courses in biochemistry and molecular biology as directed by the department head. Specific duties will include teaching of at least 3 course sections in each regular semester and could include laboratory setup and laboratory material preparation as required for the assigned courses. The opportunity to teach courses in the summer for additional pay may be available as will the development of new courses for distance education in consultation with the department head and faculty. Primary responsibility for advisement of freshman/sophomore Biochemistry majors in pre-professional concentrations.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. degree in relevant biological discipline with major course work and laboratory experience in Biochemistry and/or Molecular Biology. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience in teaching and an interest in the pedagogy of teaching laboratory-intensive undergraduate life sciences curricula. Applicants should possess a strong sense of personal initiative and a willingness to explore new approaches to interdisciplinary, collaborative education. Applications from women and members of groups that are under-represented in STEM disciplines are strongly encouraged.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience in teaching laboratory skills in biochemistry and molecular biology at the undergraduate level, and the desire to innovate in the delivery of these skills to students.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applications must be submitted through the Human Resources
Management website at by completing the
application and submitting a cover letter, resume, three references, and current dated unofficial transcript. Any social numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online. An official transcript will be required if selected for an interview.
For additional questions, please contact Kathy Breland at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.


Mississippi State University (MSU) is a public land-grant research university located in Starkville, Mississippi. With over $240 million in total research expenditures, and more than 600 principal investigators, it is the state’s highest-ranked research institution. The 2017 NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey places MSU 94th among all public and private research institutions, and its Carnegie Classification is listed as “Very High Research Activity,” the highest possible classification for PhD-granting institutions. MSU is home to several nationally-recognized institutes and centers, including the High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HPC2), the Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing, & Biotechnology (IGBB), and the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS). MSU faculty are expected to excel in research, teaching, and service, and many are leaders in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical engineering.

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