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Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Roanoke College
Salem, Virginia
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Full time position, with benefits.
Closing date
Oct 16, 2021

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Roanoke College invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Chemistry Department, starting August 2022.  A Ph.D. in Chemistry or Biochemistry or closely related field is required (or requirements complete by August ’22).  The successful candidate will have a commitment to excellent teaching and undergraduate research.   Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.   

Teaching duties will include organic chemistry, general chemistry, courses in the college’s general education curriculum, and other courses as appropriate for the candidate’s interests.  The teaching load at Roanoke is a total of three sections (any combination of lectures or labs) per semester, plus one May Term course every third year.  Experience and/or interest in teaching freshman seminar/writing across the curriculum is a plus.  

Research with undergraduates in chemistry or biochemistry is expected.  Faculty members are expected to maintain an active research agenda appropriate to an undergraduate institution.  Start-up funds, dedicated space, and ongoing support for research are available.  Applicants should detail how their research would involve and engage undergraduates.

Our department offers a B. S. and B. A. in both biochemistry and chemistry.  To learn about our facilities, instrumentation, and ACS- and ASBMB-approved programs, visit

Founded in 1842, Roanoke College is a nationally-ranked, independent, co-educational, 4-year liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran Church (ELCA), located in the beautiful Roanoke Valley of Virginia. We seek and welcome students of all races, creeds, nationalities and ethnic origins. A Phi Beta Kappa institution, Roanoke College is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its faculty, staff, and students; women and members of under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply

We seek candidates with interests in mentoring under-represented students, diversifying curricular offerings, or sponsoring diverse community engagement. Applicants are required to address their potential contributions in support of a diverse community in either their cover letters or a separate statement.

Applications should be complete by October 18 for full consideration.  Send (print or electronic) cover letter (including statement in support of diverse community), curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts, teaching statement, and statement of research interests.  Applicants should arrange to have three recommendation letters (print or electronic) arrive from the recommender or a reference service not later than October 18th, 2021.  Send application materials to: Chemistry Search, Roanoke College, 221 College Lane, Salem, VA 24153-3794 or  Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Catherine Sarisky, Chemistry Department Chair, 540-375-2438,



Roanoke College is a nationally ranked residential liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran Church (ELCA), located in the beautiful Roanoke Valley of Virginia. The Chemistry Department offers degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry and averages about 12 graduates per year. Our program is ACS-approved. Our facilities are well equipped with modern instrumentation, including 400 MHz NMR, IR, AA, HPLC, and GC-MS. We emphasize the use of this instrumentation in courses at all levels, starting with General Chemistry. We have 7.5 tenure track faculty members and 1 permanent non tenure track faculty member. Excellent teaching is our highest priority. We also value research. Each tenure track faculty member has a research lab in addition to access to the teaching facilities. Our BS Chemistry major requires a research project. The department's website,, provides much additional information on our program and facilities.
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