Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Utica University, a comprehensive, independent, private institution located in heart of Central New York, is seeking applicants for a tenure-track, faculty position within the Chemistry department to start August 1, 2022. Candidates must have or be near a Ph.D. in Biochemistry or a related chemical science by August 2022 and be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate education. Responsibilities of the position involve teaching four lectures or laboratories each semester, including both entry-level and upper-level courses, as well as establishing a research program that includes directing undergraduate students. The successful candidate will be able to teach in a student-centered small lecture and laboratory setting. The load will include a two-semester biochemistry lecture sequence a one-semester biochemistry laboratory aimed at both chemistry and biochemistry majors and grounded in modern wet biochemical techniques. Additional courses will include participation and leadership in a General/Organic/Biochemistry course for Health Science students, contributions to an established General Chemistry curriculum, and additional courses based off of the candidate’s interest and expertise. Research interests, while flexible, that include bioanalytical or environmental applications would fit well with emerging department curricula and instrument holdings.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Utica University offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry, is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS), and grants ACS certified degrees. We are well-equipped with modern instrumentation and recently renovated laboratory spaces, and offer incoming faculty support to establish their research. The successful candidate should have research interests that mesh well with some part of our established instrument suite. Recent acquisitions in the last six years include a 400 MHz NMR and a completely remodeled modern synthesis laboratory. New analysis and biochemistry labs, as well as a cell culture room, are part of a new addition to the science center which opened in Fall 2021. A bio-compatible UHPLC, a Thermo Vanquish Flex Quaternary UHPLC with diode array detector, has just been installed (November 2021). There are microplate readers capable of UV absorbance and fluorescence measurements. We also have a new ChemiDoc system, as well as the ability to do horizontal and vertical electrophoresis. The department offers undergraduate degrees and curricula designed to meet the needs of students interested in chemistry, biochemistry, or pre-health professions.
In deciding whether to apply for a position at Utica University, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the UC mission and culture to help determine their potential success at http://www.utica.edu/instadvance/marketingcomm/about/. Our Mission and Values Statement includes a commitment to fostering diversity in background, perspective, and experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas. At UC, diversity means that we are a community that represents a range of human experience and makes conscious choices to appreciate, respect, and learn from each other. Utica University actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society.
Founded in 1946, Utica University is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The University enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students.
A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation.
To apply, submit a letter of application, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, research statement including proposed projects with undergraduates and basic needs, and the names of three references. Candidates are asked to submit an additional reflective statement about teaching in the required applicant document titled “diversity statement”. Since Utica University strives to be a diverse and inclusive community, it is essential that you include in this statement a reflection on the kinds of experiences you have had, and the kinds of approaches you would take, teaching and working with a diverse student body. (For the definition of diversity that we use at Utica University, please see the following web page: http://www.utica.edu/instadvance/marketingcomm/about/diversity/aboutus.cfm.)
Applications that do not address diversity will be considered incomplete.
In line with the University’s Affirmative Action Policy, there is no requirement or expectation that a candidate disclose their identity or membership in any protected class or group, either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. For additional information on what to provide in your diversity statement please reference the diversity statement guide at the following link: https://www.utica.edu/hr/media/Diversity_Statement_Guide.pdf
All application materials must be submitted online at the following link: https://uc.peopleadmin.com/postings/3651
For full consideration, complete applications must be received by June 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. References will be solicited to submit letters for candidates before the on-campus interview.
Utica University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations.