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Physical Chemistry Lecturer

University of Wisconsin - Madison Department of Chemistry
Madison, Wisconsin
Based on appointment duration and percentage (please see notes)
Closing date
Jul 9, 2023

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Teach Chemistry 565/665 - Biophysical Chemistry

Chemistry 565/665 Biophysical Chemistry is a 4-credit introductory course on equilibrium thermodynamics and chemical kinetics with an emphasis on biological applications. Concepts presented include entropy, enthalpy, free energy, kinetics of complex reactions, non-covalent forces that determine protein and nucleic acid stability, and the folding and misfolding kinetics of proteins and nucleic acids. The course is required for undergraduate biochemistry majors and also includes a smaller number of graduate students in biophysics and related graduate programs. Enrollment is typically ~100-110 students, and lectures meet four times a week. Students meet once a week for a discussion class led by a graduate student teaching assistant.

Duties include:
- Preparing course materials
- Presenting lectures
- Preparing, administering, and grading exams and homework
- Holding office hours
- Other related duties



Facilitates classroom, online, and/or laboratory instruction and assists with instructional development and design for a single course or series of courses within an academic discipline to support the delivery of quality instruction. Provides for-credit instruction in formats such as classroom, online and/or laboratory settings, including grading. Serves as an instructor of record.

  • 80% Facilitates classroom, online and/or laboratory instruction for one or more courses, including assessment of student performance
  • 10% Develops instructional design and curriculum relevant to a course of instruction
  • 10% Serves as an initial point of contact for students as it relates to specific course or series content and expectations



PhD in chemistry or related field 



Previous experience teaching chemistry at the college/university level preferred.


Work Type:

Part Time: 50%

It is anticipated that this position requires work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.


Appointment Type, Duration:

Terminal, 4 month appointment.
This position has the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding



The salary for a full time (100%) position for an academic year (9 months) is $47,727. The salary for this fall semester position will be prorated based on the appointment duration and percentage.


Additional Information:

There is a possibility this position could be extended in subsequent semesters to teach Chem 565/665 or similar courses within the department. This position may become renewable if there is a need for an ongoing appointment.


How to Apply:

Please follow this link and click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process: 

For questions on the position, contact: Beatriz Lemire,, 608-890-0298

Applicants must upload a cover letter, c.v. or resume, contact information for three professional references, and a statement of teaching philosophy. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the qualifications listed above.


Founded in 1880, the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has continuously pushed the boundaries of modern-day science, and for decades, has attracted outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, postdoctoral associates, and visiting scholars. The Department’s reputation for excellence is not only nationally recognized by federal and nonprofit funding agencies, but also by students, educators, researchers, and faculty.

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