NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
BIOCHEMISTRY ASSISTANT PROFESSOR POSITION
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 of Chemistry & Biochemistry has 19 faculty committed to excellence in teaching and research. The department currently has over 250 undergraduate majors and offers a number of Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in chemistry, including two ACS-certified degrees. A 120,000-square-foot Science and Health Building, opened in 2015, houses chemistry teaching and research activities. The department also operates laboratories in the 95,000 square foot Science Lab Facility, which was completed in 2007. The Department has a reputation for involving students in research that leads to academic publications and presentations. 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.
In this search, we welcome applications from scientists across the field of chemistry who pursue research and can contribute to teaching within the field of biochemistry. Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. in biochemistry or a related academic subdiscipline (e.g. bioorganic, bioanalytical, biophysical, bioinorganic, or chemical biology) by August 2023. Preferred qualifications include (1) research experience at the Ph.D. and post-doctoral levels in biochemistry, (2) a record of publications and extramural funding in biochemistry, (3) teaching experience and evidence of teaching effectiveness in chemistry and biochemistry, (4) experience working and interacting with people from culturally diverse backgrounds, and (5) research areas that complement our current research initiatives in the department (including cancer-related biochemistry, materials science, environmental chemistry, and biology-related chemistry) and that are aligned with areas of distinctive excellence within the “Improving Health” initiative of NAU’s mission for its research enterprise (e.g. identifying and addressing health disparities, community health research, and pathogen science). Candidates with research programs that utilize existing campus instrumentation, including flow cytometry/cell sorting, confocal microscopy, ICP-MS, GC-MS, electron microscopy, NMR spectroscopy, and high-performance computing are encouraged. The successful candidate will provide excellent instruction in biochemistry lectures and labs, Master’s-level courses in biochemistry, and other courses aligned with the candidate’s sub-disciplinary strengths. They will also mentor undergraduate and M.S. students in chemistry and develop a strong research program that leads to peer-reviewed publications and extramural funding. Candidates with interdisciplinary work in biological sciences, materials science, environmental science, or astronomy / planetary science may have opportunities to mentor Ph.D. students in outside departments.
To apply, go to the HR Careers page, select “Current Openings,” and find the position Assistant Professor in Biochemistry – 606713 under “Faculty, Library, Administrator.” 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. Attach all items, in the order stated, as a single PDF or Word Document. Address questions to Dr. Brandon Cruickshank, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, PO Box 5698, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 86011-5698, email@example.com, (928) 523-9602. Review of applications will begin 30 days after posting (October 28th, 2022) and continue until the position is filled or closed.
Northern Arizona University is a 29,569-student institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 72,000 at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. Flagstaff sits at 7,000 feet elevation and is located in an area of the southwest known for its rich cultural diversity. The university is a Hispanic-Serving Institution that values cultural and intellectual diversity and strives to become the nation’s leading university serving Native Americans. NAU is committed to providing equitable postsecondary success to students in Arizona and beyond, and its emphasis on undergraduate education is enhanced by its graduate programs and research as well as distance learning. Building on a reputation for distinctive excellence in undergraduate education that spans over 120 years, NAU aims to continue to grow as an engine of opportunity to drive social impact and economic mobility for all of the students it serves. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes. The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.
Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification, and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees’ right to work in the United States.
Northern Arizona University is an 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.
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.
For a full list of openings at the university, visit Human Resources.
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