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Assistant Professor in Biochemistry

Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona
Closing date
Nov 27, 2022

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Assistant Professor in Biochemistry

Location: Chemistry & Biochemistry

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job ID: 606713

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU's culture of excellence.

Special Information

This position is a full-time tenure-track position. In this search, we welcome applications from scientists across the field of chemistry who pursue an interdisciplinary approach in their research laboratory within the field of biochemistry.

Job Description

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Biochemistry or related fields. This position is an academic-year appointment beginning in mid-August 2023. The Department is deeply committed to high-quality teaching and impactful research at the undergraduate and Master's levels in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. The faculty in Chemistry and Biochemistry at NAU are comprised of 50% women and 22% BIPOC individuals, and the successful candidate will continue to support our shared goal of equitably serving students from all backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences. The candidate will contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community through their teaching, research, and service activities.

The Department has a reputation for involving students in research that leads to academic publications and presentations, and support of this mission is an expectation for the successful candidate for this position. Our mission is to educate students in the fundamental principles of chemistry and to equip them with critical experiential skills and expertise to enable their success in the workforce and the attainment of their personal and professional goals, and the department welcomes applications from those who share this vision.

A brief summary of expectations associated with the position is as follows:

• Tenure-track assistant professor in biochemistry or a related field
• Provides excellent instruction in upper-division biochemistry lectures and labs including Biochemistry I and II and the associated Laboratory (CHM 461/CHM 462C/CHM 460L), Fundamental Biochemistry (CHM 360), and graduate-level biochemistry courses.
• Provides excellent instruction in a variety of foundational undergraduate courses within the Department's curriculum that are aligned with the candidate's sub-disciplinary strengths.
• Develops a rigorous research program in biochemistry or a related sub-discipline (e.g., bioorganic, bioanalytical, biophysical, bioinorganic, chemical biology, etc.) that leads to peer-reviewed publications and extramural funding.
• Actively engages undergraduate and graduate (M.S.) students in a robust research program focused on professional training that will provide them with the tools for success within the research workforce in chemistry.
• Interdisciplinary research in environmental science, interdisciplinary health, materials science, or astrophysics can provide the candidate with an opportunity to mentor graduate (Ph.D.) students in intersectional applications of biochemistry.
• Contributes positively to a unique academic environment of culturally diverse faculty, staff, and students.
• Provides service to the department, college, university, and profession.

Minimum Qualifications

• An earned Ph.D. in Biochemistry or closely related academic field conferred by the start date of mid-August 2023.

Preferred Qualifications

• Research experience at the Ph.D. and post-doctoral level in biochemistry or a related field.
• A record of publications and extramural funding in biochemistry or a related field.
• Teaching experience and evidence of effective teaching in biochemistry.
• Prior experience supervising and enabling the success of students with diverse backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences.
• Experience working with and interacting with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.
• Research areas that complement our current departmental research initiatives including cancer-related biochemistry, materials science, environmental chemistry, and astrochemistry, and that are aligned with areas of distinctive excellence within the “Improving Health” initiative of (e.g. identifying and addressing health disparities, community health research, and pathogen science).
• Research that employs current NAU instrumentation including flow cytometry/cell sorting, HPLC, MALDI-TOF-MS, ICP-MS, GC-MS, confocal microscopy, SEM/TEM, next-gen DNA sequence NMR spectroscopy, peptide synthesis or high-performance computing.


$69,000 to $73,000 per academic year commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position will be hired at the Assistant Professor rank and is non-negotiable. Prior years of credit towards tenure may be considered depending upon credentials and experience.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on November 14, 2022.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 606713, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Your application must be submitted online to be reviewed and should include a single attachment that contains (1) a cover letter addressing the job description and preferred qualifications, (2) a current CV, (3) a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, (4) a statement of research interests and plans for scholarly activity, (5) a one-page diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) statement that addresses your values and/or philosophy, accomplishments, experiences, education, and training in DEIJ, and (6) the names and contact information of three references. Save all items as PDF or Word Documents.

Address questions to Dr. Brandon Cruickshank, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, PO Box 5698, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 66011-5698,, (928) 523-9602.

DEIJ Statement: NAU affirms the importance and critical need for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) in higher education, and we seek to hire people with a strong track record of engagement with DEIJ in their professional endeavors. We require as part of your application a one-page DEIJ statement that addresses your values and/or philosophy, accomplishments, experiences, education, and training with DEIJ. Please also comment on your experiences with and/or potential for future commitment to mentoring a diverse student body through teaching, research, and/or service.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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