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Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

The University of Washington Tacoma
Tacoma, Washington State
Closing date
Jan 1, 2023

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The University of Washington (UW) Tacoma invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry in the Division of Science and Mathematics (SAM) within the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS).  This is a full-time tenure-track position with a 9-month service period and will begin September 16, 2023.  UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty, and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.

All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, scholarship, and service.  Research area is open within Biochemistry broadly interpreted. The successful candidate will be expected to leverage existing expertise and resources at UW Tacoma. This position will be expected to engage in research and scholarly efforts that impact health equity and other relevant and related social issues. The candidate will be expected to actively seek extramural support to develop and maintain a productive research program involving our diverse group of undergraduates.  In addition, successful candidate will be expected to teach biochemistry and other courses related to their field, which may include general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, toxicology and/or other courses of their own design at the upper and/or lower division that will contribute to the development of an expanding undergraduate biomedical science and environmental science curriculum within an interdisciplinary framework. Additionally, the candidate will be expected to support the department's commitment to institutional, professional, and community service.  Further, the successful candidate will be expected to teach other courses related to their field, which may include general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, toxicology and/or other courses of their own design at the upper and/or lower division that will contribute to the development of an expanding undergraduate biomedical science and environmental science curriculum within an interdisciplinary framework.

This position requires an earned doctoral degree or foreign equivalent in Biochemistry or related field at the time of appointment. Candidates in the final stages of their dissertation may be appointed on an acting basis. Candidates must have experience in, or training that will have prepared them for, teaching biochemistry.  The successful candidate will demonstrate preparation for supporting diverse student populations through the creation of an inclusive classroom and laboratory environment, development of innovative and relevant undergraduate learning and research experiences for biomedical science majors, and mentorship of biomedical science majors interested in pursuing graduate study and careers in relevant fields.

To apply, please submit the following via the Interfolio system:

  • A detailed letter of interest delineating your interests, qualifications, and relevant teaching experience (two page maximum).
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A statement of your teaching philosophy, methods used (or that you intend to use), and high-impact teaching practices you have (or will) incorporate (two page maximum). Please include a list of courses you have taught and existing UWT courses you feel qualified to teach.  
  • Evidence of contextualized teaching effectiveness (this might include: sample syllabi, quantitative student evaluations, and/or peer teaching evaluations).
  • A research statement (two page maximum). This should include an assessment of the impact of your research to date and a concise description of how you will develop a research and scholarship program as a UWT faculty member. Please describe any potential collaborations with UW Tacoma faculty and how you will involve our undergraduate students in your research program. 
  • A copy of your single most impactful published scholarly work.
  • A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) statement (two page maximum). The DEI statement is an opportunity for you to highlight your leadership and other prior experiences with diversity, equity, and inclusion in educational settings, as well as to describe specific ways you would help advance our commitments to DEI and anti-racism.
  • Names and contact information for three professional references, with letters available upon request.

Applicants’ statements should detail how their teaching, service, and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic field; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UW Tacoma’s commitment to equity and inclusion.

Position details are available via UW Human Resources. Please submit all application materials through Interfolio.  Application materials, including letters of recommendation, received via email will not be considered. Screening of applicants will begin January 3, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.  For further information, please e-mail Ed Kolodziej, Search Committee Chair, at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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Disability Services

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information

Under University of Washington (UW) Policy, University-compensated personnel must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit


IAS offers a range of innovative interdisciplinary majors. We welcome applicants representing diverse perspectives and approaches. One of three University of Washington campuses, UWT is located in new and historic facilities in downtown Tacoma and serves students of a wide range of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound region. The South Sound is a beautiful place to live with outstanding opportunities for both cultural and recreational activities. It also has vibrant business and nonprofit communities including organizations like the world-renowned Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, Nordstrom, RealNetworks, Starbucks, Weyerhaeuser, the Port of Tacoma, and more. For more information on UWT, visit our website at The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, racial/ethnic minority group members, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. If you have a question about the details of this search/position please contact that hiring unit directly. All University of Washington Tacoma faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

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