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Assistant Professor - Biochemistry (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

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Work type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


Grand Valley State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Biochemistry. The Chemistry Department at GVSU is a diverse, research-active group with 29 tenure-track faculty, dedicated to excellence in teaching. With newly renovated laboratory space, excellent research facilities and extensive teaching support, GVSU offers a great opportunity to develop all aspects of a successful professional career.

Required Qualifications and Education: Ph.D. in Biochemistry or related field; ABD will be considered with a Ph.D. completed by August 2020. Candidates must show a commitment to undergraduate education and to maintaining a productive program of scholarship that includes undergraduate research.

Preferred Qualifications and Education: Preference will be given to candidates who: have the capacity and/or interest in teaching broadly in the biochemistry curriculum, including upper level laboratories; bring experience from a postdoctoral or industrial position; have demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduate science courses; have experience using active learning strategies, employing technological tools to promote student understanding of biochemistry, or extending student learning experiences beyond the classroom, such as mentoring undergraduate research or project-based learning. The department is especially interested in qualified candidates who demonstrate an ability to work in a collaborative environment with a diverse population of students and colleagues.

Responsibilities: Duties each semester include: i) a baseline nine credit-hour teaching load, mainly involving biochemistry courses for science, pre-professional, and/or allied health majors, ii) baseline scholarship and service, and iii) a significant focus (equivalent to three credit hours) of additional responsibilities in teaching, scholarship, and/or service depending on the candidate's interests and the department’s needs. Newly hired faculty are normally expected to have their three credit hours of significant focus devoted to their scholarship. Department faculty are expected continually develop and grow as teachers, to maintain a productive program of scholarship, and to participate in departmental service activities. Employment begins August 6, 2020.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

Department/Division: Biochemistry

Campus: The Grand Valley campuses are located in Allendale and downtown Grand Rapids, which is the second largest metropolitan area in Michigan. The area offers numerous cultural and recreational opportunities, a moderate cost of living, and a high quality of life. Visit for information on living in the west Michigan area.

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Application Deadline: Consideration of applications will begin immediately. Please submit an application by October 18, 2019 to assure full consideration. The position may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should apply online at, selecting “Apply Now.” After completing an application form, the on-line system will require each applicant to attach the following documents: (Microsoft Word or pdf formats)

1)   An application cover letter, which addresses your interest in this position.

2)   A curriculum vita

3)   A teaching philosophy

4)   A brief summary of scholarship/research activities, including research projects appropriate for undergraduate students and a statement of facilities, equipment, and instrumentation needs. (Detailed equipment budgets are not necessary with the initial application.)

Applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the Biochemistry Search Committee. Letters should be sent as an e-mail attachment to (use “Biochemistry Reference Letter” as the subject line). If necessary, letters may be sent by regular mail to Biochemistry Search Committee, Chemistry Department, 312 Padnos Hall, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401.Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview.  If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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