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Assistant Professor in Biochemistry

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 7, 2023

Assistant Professor in Biochemistry

Location: Chemistry & Biochemistry
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606713
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Special Information

This position is a full-time tenure-track position. In this search, we welcome applications from scientists across the field of chemistry who pursue an interdisciplinary approach in their research laboratory within the field of biochemistry.

Job Description

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 has a reputation for involving students in research that leads to academic publications and presentations, and support of this mission is an expectation for the successful candidate for this position. 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, and the department welcomes applications from those who share this vision.

A brief summary of expectations associated with the position is as follows:
  • Tenure-track assistant professor in biochemistry or a related field
  • Provides excellent instruction in upper-division biochemistry lectures and labs including Biochemistry I and II and the associated Laboratory (CHM 461/CHM 462C/CHM 460L), Fundamental Biochemistry (CHM 360), and graduate-level biochemistry courses.
  • Provides excellent instruction in a variety of foundational undergraduate courses within the Department's curriculum that are aligned with the candidate's sub-disciplinary strengths.
  • Develops a rigorous research program in biochemistry or a related sub-discipline (e.g., bioorganic, bioanalytical, biophysical, bioinorganic, chemical biology, etc.) that leads to peer-reviewed publications and extramural funding.
  • Actively engages undergraduate and graduate (M.S.) students in a robust research program focused on professional training that will provide them with the tools for success within the research workforce in chemistry.
  • Interdisciplinary research in environmental science, interdisciplinary health, materials science, or astrophysics can provide the candidate with an opportunity to mentor graduate (Ph.D.) students in intersectional applications of biochemistry.
  • Contributes positively to a unique academic environment of culturally diverse faculty, staff, and students.
  • Provides service to the department, college, university, and profession.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned Ph.D. in Biochemistry or closely related academic field conferred by the start date of mid-August 2023.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research experience at the Ph.D. and post-doctoral level in biochemistry or a related field.
  • A record of publications and extramural funding in biochemistry or a related field.
  • Teaching experience and evidence of effective teaching in biochemistry.
  • Prior experience supervising and enabling the success of students with diverse backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences.
  • Experience working with and interacting with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Research areas that complement our current departmental research initiatives including cancer-related biochemistry, materials science, environmental chemistry, and astrochemistry, 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).
  • Research that employs current NAU instrumentation including flow cytometry/cell sorting, HPLC, MALDI-TOF-MS, ICP-MS, GC-MS, confocal microscopy, SEM/TEM, next-gen DNA sequence NMR spectroscopy, peptide synthesis or high-performance computing.

General Information

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 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. For information about diversity, access, and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

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's 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 the chemistry teaching and research activities. In terms of instrumentation, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a Thermo Scientific X Series 2 Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (quadrupole mass analyzer), a Nu Instruments Plasma II system multi-collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer, a Thermo Nicolet Nexus 670 Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer with a Continuum Infrared Microscope, an Agilent 5977B Series Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (quadrupole), Agilent 1260 Infinity II HPLC and Bruker MALDI-TOF Microflex LRF, Varian Mercury Vx 400 MHz NMR spectrometer, and a Varian Unity Inova 500 MHz NMR spectrometer. Additionally, faculty have access to imaging capabilities through the NAU Imaging and Histology Core Facility.

Background Information

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, as an employer in the state of Arizona, 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. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


$69,000 to $73,000 per academic year commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position will be hired at the Assistant Professor rank and is non-negotiable. Prior years of credit towards tenure may be considered depending upon credentials and experience.


This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of the pay period following election. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following election. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on November 14, 2022.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 606713, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

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. Save all items as PDF or Word Documents.

Address questions to Dr. Brandon Cruickshank, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, PO Box 5698, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 66011-5698,, (928) 523-9602.

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.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed 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.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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