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Assistant/Associate Professor of Biochemistry-Founding Faculty in MS Biomedical Sciences

High Point University
High Point, North Carolina
Commensurate with experience
Date posted
Oct 3, 2022

The MS in Biomedical Sciences Program ( housed within the Department of Medical Sciences in High Point University’s Congdon School of Health Sciences invites applications for a 12-month faculty position (non-tenure track) specialized in Medicinal Biochemistry, Biochemistry, Bio-organic Chemistry, or Clinical Chemistry available May 1, 2023 (earlier start date preferred) at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Salary and academic rank will be commensurate with education and experience. 


Our Biomedical Science Program is a rigorous 11-month interdisciplinary curriculum with a student-focused approach in teaching clinical diagnostics and simulation, laboratory technical skill set development, enhancing scientific literacy and communication, and culminates in a 10-week capstone experience that is grounded in inquiry through a Clinical Experience, Research Development, or an Internship track. Students present their research at an internal Biomedical Sciences symposium.






A. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and contribute to graduate level courses entitled:


  1. Medicinal Biochemistry (Medicinal Chemistry in Biological Concepts)- The goal of this foundational course is to bridge the interdisciplinary nature of organic chemistry, biochemistry, and biology/medicine. The target audience for this course are students who intend to pursue careers in healthcare-medical school, physician assistant programs, dental medicine, pharmacology, etc.

This lecture and laboratory combination works to interface Organic Chemistry into Biochemistry and can be taught in traditional fashion or more preferably be taught through the lens point of your biomedical expertise (Ex. Nutrition and Metabolism, Protein Structure and Function, Enzymology, Toxicology, Molecular Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, Antibiotic Resistance, Immunology, etc.). Introduction to literature analysis is a core component to the skill set development in this course.


Expertise to teach a Clinical Chemistry/Diagnostic Chemistry laboratory is preferred. The broad goal is for students to be exposed to how clinical chemists identify and quantify materials using a variety of using analytical techniques. The assays utilized would be dependent on your expertise, but should be developed to explore the basic principles, procedures, physiological basis, instrumentation, or significance of testing performed in clinical chemistry. Ideas include PCR, Elisa, MIC bacterial assays, or basic laboratory techniques for electrolytes, proteins, carbohydrates, hormones, hemoglobin, and serum enzymes and the correlation of test results with diseases and disorders. Statistical techniques, therapeutic drug monitoring, molecular diagnostics, and reference values could also be covered.


Prerequisite coursework for entrance into the Biomedical Sciences program includes Organic Chemistry 1 and 2.  As a part of this Biochemistry course, students will engage in a 1-week online course to review important concepts in Organic Chemistry. The aim of the 1-week module is intended as a quick refresher and to build student confidence to be better prepared to actively engage your Biochemistry course.


The foundational knowledge provided in Medicinal Biochemistry precede and scaffolds information into a Clinical Pharmacology course in the next term.


2.) Additional Program teaching responsibilities will include the following courses: Techniques in       Biomedical Sciences, Research and Writing, Special Topics, Capstone Director, Healthcare Practice and Professional Development I (Ethics), or Standardized Exam Prep (MCAT, DAT, GRE, etc.). Course descriptions and credit load can be found on the Biomedical Sciences website.




B. It is highly preferred that the successful candidate can also contribute to a Clinical Pharmacology course:


The goal of this lecture-based course is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of pharmacological principles as well as the ability to use and apply this information in a clinical setting. Topics covered include pharmacokinetic principles, receptor theory and drug-receptor interactions; non-receptor targets, and common medications that may be encountered in a clinical or research setting. Emphasis on human disease with mechanism of action as related to Human Physiology is emphasized.




C. In addition to success in the classroom:


Faculty in biomedical sciences serve as student research mentors for the capstone experience and academic and healthcare professions advisors. The candidate is expected to develop a research program adaptable to successful 10-week projects for our master-leveled students and for other HPU undergraduate students (if the faculty member so chooses to mentor undergraduates). The research area and model system is open; however, our curriculum has a strong focus in cell culture, bacterial work, and human subjects, so applicants with expertise in these models are highly encouraged to apply. Startup funds, laboratory space, and office space will be provided. Scholarly productivity is expected.








Doctoral degree with expertise in Biochemistry, Bio-organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Biomedical Sciences, or related field.


  • Academic qualifications to teach Medicinal Biochemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmacology.


       Experience and Training:

  • Additional training after the doctoral degree is required - examples include postdoctoral research experience, clinical practice, STEM work force credentials, or knowledge and practice in industry.
  • Academic teaching experience at the graduate level or within upper-level undergraduate courses is highly recommended.
  • 2 years of teaching in an academic setting is preferred.
  • Evidence of effective research mentoring with students is highly recommended.






  • Skillset in biochemical, cellular, molecular, or analytical techniques.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.
  • Contribute to the educational and research missions of the departments, school, and university.





  • Ability to utilize and teach biomedical techniques involving Cell Culture or Bacterial work.
  • Record of excellence in teaching and research, and a commitment to excellence in education and research.




  • Participation in didactic and laboratory teaching activities for BMS and other graduate programs in CSHS. Summer, Fall, and Spring course teaching would be determined in collaboration with the Department Chairs or the Director.
  • Collaborate with BMS and CSHS faculty in the design and delivery of curricula.
  • Serve as an instructor or co-instructor for Biochemistry/Medicinal Chemistry, Clinical Pharmacology or other BMS courses. Open to mentorship of student inquiry through capstone projects. Background in advisement of students with preprofessional and graduate school goals. Communicate teaching and research activities through frequent and effective communication with the Department Chairs and Directors. Publish scientific findings in discipline-specific peer-reviewed journals and present at state, regional, national, or international meetings. Interdisciplinary interactions between the Departments of Exercise Science, Physical therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Medical Sciences, and Athletic Training in areas of research, education, and service.  Advance the service missions of the Department of Medical Sciences, Congdon School of Health Sciences, High Point University, and local community. Act as a representative and advocate for the departments, school, and the university. Actively participate in committees within the departments, school, and university in professional and governmental organizations. Undertake other duties and responsibilities as assigned by Department Chairs or Directors.



At High Point University the faculty and staff are devoted to ensuring every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. High Point University is a God, family, and country school.


High Point University does not sponsor H1-B Visas. High Point University prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses. The University considers a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a core component of our mission and encourages all applicants to apply.


All applicants must submit the following AS ONE PDF DOCUMENT to High Point University’s Workday Portal:  A letter of interest addressing teaching and research qualifications, curriculum vitae with complete professional and academic history, a 1-page teaching and mentoring philosophy, a 1-page research plan which integrates ideas for 10-week research projects, a transcript of your highest degree awarded, and names and contact information of three professional references. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


For additional information please contact: Dr. Kristin Ackerman, Director of Biomedical Sciences in the Dept. of Medical Sciences,, Office: (336) 841-9509. Applications can be submitted through the following portal link: 


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