Visiting Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Washington and Lee University seeks to hire a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor to teach Biochemistry and the associated labs. The one-year position starts July 1st, 2021 and requires a Ph.D. in Biochemistry or a closely-related field (note that ABD Ph.D. candidates will also be considered); teaching experience is highly desirable. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching a 6.0 course load, which includes teaching a two-semester biochemistry sequence and the accompanying labs. Depending on the enrollment in these biochemistry courses, there may also be an opportunity to develop and teach an advanced topics course in our 4-week Spring term. Additionally, it may be possible to access resources to engage students with undergraduate research.

Washington and Lee University promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in teaching and for vigorous scholarship. In keeping with the University Strategic Plan, we welcome applications from underrepresented minority candidates and members of other communities that are traditionally underrepresented in academia and science.

Washington and Lee University is a highly selective, independent, co-educational, liberal arts college of approximately 1820 undergraduate students located in Lexington, VA, three hours southwest of Washington, DC. W&L is ranked among the top 10 national liberal arts colleges. The Department has ACS-certified programs in both chemistry and biochemistry. We are especially interested in hiring faculty who can contribute to the intellectual vibrancy and diversity of our academic community. All applicants are expected to discuss their experience working with a diversifying student body in the cover letter.

A Ph.D. in Biochemistry or a closely-related field is preferred. ABD Ph.D. candidates will also be considered. Teaching experience is highly desirable.

Applicants should submit the following materials: a cover letter summarizing current and future scholarship, discussing teaching interests and experience, and demonstrating the ability to work with a diversifying student population; a curriculum vitae; graduate and undergraduate transcripts; a one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy; and three letters of recommendation. Letter writers will contribute their materials directly via Interfolio.

To submit applications online, visit:

Review of applications will begin February 15th, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

If you have questions about the position, please contact Dr. Kyle Friend, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at .

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.

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