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Visiting Assistant Professor (General and Organic Chemistry)

Oberlin College and Conservatory
Oberlin, Ohio
Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications
Closing date
Feb 3, 2023

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General / Technical
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Job Type
Full time

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time, non-continuing faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences in the area of general and organic chemistry. Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year, beginning fall semester of 2023, and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor.

Oberlin College is a national leader among liberal arts colleges in successfully placing graduates into PhD programs and was one of the first undergraduate colleges to receive the HHMI Inclusive Excellence Award. Through this program, Oberlin aims to advance its historic role in inclusion by enhancing the climate for and success of a diverse population in STEM.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has about 25 majors in each graduating class. Faculty members teach at all levels of the curriculum and are active in original research that provides opportunities for undergraduate participation. Housed in the Science Center, the department is well equipped for teaching and research. Instrumentation includes 400-MHz and 600-MHz multinuclear FT-NMR spectrometers, chromatographic (GC-ECD/FID, GC-MS, LC-MS), and biochemical instrumentation, X-ray powder diffractometer, SEM, thermal analysis (TGA/DTA, DSC, bomb calorimetry), FT-IR, atomic absorption, fluorescence and UV-Vis-NIR spectrometers and plate readers, as well as a supercomputer cluster with computational chemistry software. 

The incumbent will teach a total of five courses in the areas of general and organic chemistry, including lecture and laboratory sections.

Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree (in hand or ABD). Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Oberlin College is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. The incumbent will bring understanding of or experience working with underrepresented and diverse academic populations. Oberlin is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service. Oberlin recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran’s status, and/or other protected status as required by applicable law.

Review of applications will begin on February 3, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the February 3 deadline will be guaranteed full


Questions about the position can be addressed to: or Catherine Oertel, Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry, at 440-775-8989.


Oberlin College & Conservatory is a four-year, highly selective liberal arts college that combines a top-ranked college of arts and sciences with a world-renowned conservatory of music.  Combined, the two divisions enroll approximately 2,900 students.  Founded in 1833, Oberlin College & Conservatory was the first college in America to make interracial education and coeducation central to its mission-traditions that live today within a commitment to positive social engagement.

Located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland, OH, Oberlin College & Conservatory has earned a reputation of excellence based on the quality of its richly diverse student body, outstanding faculty, excellent facilities, and academic and technological resources. 

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