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Organic Chemistry Laboratory Instructor

Amherst College
Amherst, Massachusetts, 01002, United States
Closing date
Jul 31, 2022

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Amherst College

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Organic Chemistry Laboratory Instructor position. The Organic Chemistry Laboratory Instructor is a full-time, 10-month term position. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Organic Chemistry Laboratory Instructor supports the teaching mission of the Chemistry Department through implementation of hands-on learning in the organic chemistry teaching laboratory. Primary responsibility will be the teaching of laboratories for the first- and second-semester organic chemistry courses (CHEM-221 and CHEM-231) that are offered every semester to a highly diverse group of students. Additional responsibilities may include the teaching of discussion sections, the holding of office hours and assisting in the grading of homework, quizzes, and exams in those courses.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

Teach laboratories:
•    Work collaboratively with faculty to coordinate learning experiences, goals, and schedules.
•    Teach 3-4 lab sections per semester as well as 2 discussion sections per semester, or the equivalent.
•    Implement inclusive pedagogical approaches and work towards an inclusive classroom culture.
•    Organize and supervise a diverse set of undergraduate teaching assistants
•    Provide evaluation of student laboratory work, including their written and practical work.
•    Prepare, test, and assemble laboratory demonstrations for the organic chemistry courses.


•    Master's degree in organic chemistry or a closely related sub-field of chemistry
•    1 to 2 years of experience teaching laboratory science
•    Experience with the techniques, equipment and instrumentation of organic chemistry laboratories
•    Strong communication, time-management, interpersonal, and organizational skills
•    Dedicated excellence in undergraduate teaching
•    Ability to research and create written and visual communications.
•    Ability to work independently, multi-task, and have attention to detail.
•    Ability to work flexible hours in order to accommodate course schedules.
•    Sensitivity to issues of confidentiality

•    Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry or a closely related sub-field of chemistry
•    More than 3 years of experience teaching laboratory science.

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Interestedcandidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at . Please be sure to upload all requested documents in the first step of the application process. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information.

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