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Laboratory Instructor - Biological Sciences

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, Massachusetts, United States
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Date posted
Jun 3, 2024

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Laboratory Instructor - Biological Sciences

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Mount Holyoke College has an opening for a Laboratory Instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences, a 10-month, 37.5 hour/week position. The Department of Biological Sciences is a collegial group of faculty and staff who work together to deliver original, engaging courses that emphasize active learning and an inclusive teaching model. The successful candidate will be part of a team of faculty and/or other lab instructors responsible for teaching laboratories in our large core courses and our small introductory courses and will help with equipment maintenance and laboratory prep.

The primary duties of the lab instructor will be to teach three lab sections in the fall semester and three in the spring semester. The instructor may support courses such as BIOL-145: Introductory Biology, BIOL-210: Molecular Genetics, BIOL-220: Cell Biology, BIOL-241: Comparative Animal Physiology, and/or BIOL-200: How Organisms Develop. Courses may change with time and experience and changing curriculum. The position involves teaching small 12-14 student laboratory and discussion sections, organizing lab materials, grading, office hours, and attending lectures. Positions will involve some preparation for laboratories and responsibility for maintenance of shared departmental laboratory equipment and supplies.

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree with a major in the biological sciences or, if the major is not in the biological sciences, a Master's degree or other similar experience that shows expertise in Biology. Teaching experience is strongly desired, and a strong candidate will be a clear, accessible teacher and enthusiastic role model in the laboratory. They will have excellent writing, organizational, and planning skills, a strong background in the sciences, and the ability to reach a population of students that is diverse in every way. They should be able to take initiative and work independently in addition to working well in teams of other lab instructors and faculty members. Experience managing departmental equipment and supplies is not necessary, but applicants with such experience will be particularly well-suited for one of these jobs. Applicants with experience in solution preparation, molecular biology or microbiology, and mammalian cell culture will be preferred for teaching in BIOL- 230: Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology or BIOL-200: How Organisms Develop.

We will begin considering applications immediately, but the position will remain open until filled. In the cover letter, please clearly explain which fall and spring courses you would be well-qualified to teach and why. Applicants should submit electronic copies of a letter of interest, CV including a list of any relevant course taught or taken, unofficial transcripts, relevant laboratory experience and phone numbers and/or email addresses of at least two references. For more information, contact Renae Brodie, Chair of Biological Sciences, at

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Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

Special Instructions for Applicants:

Apply online; application materials must include:
  • A cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications

  • A complete resume or curriculum vitae

  • For faculty positions, statements on mentoring, teaching, and research will also be required.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)

Mount Holyoke College, the leading gender-diverse women’s college, is dedicated to providing equal employment opportunities for all individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other legally protected status. We are a diverse community of staff, faculty, and students, united in our mission to offer an intellectually adventurous education in the liberal arts through academic programs that are renowned internationally for their cross-disciplinary excellence, experiential approach, and commitment to diversity.

Mount Holyoke College is a welcoming and inclusive environment that values and respects individuals of all backgrounds. As an EOE, we encourage members of historically underrepresented groups or nontraditional backgrounds to apply for open positions at our institution. The College has a long-standing tradition of providing women and other historically underrepresented groups with access to an innovative educational experience that prepares students for purposeful leadership by integrating hands-on opportunities into the curriculum. We firmly believe that diversity enriches our community and enhances our ability to prepare students for success in an increasingly globalized world.

We are dedicated to providing equal opportunities for all qualified applicants and to building an exemplary workforce that reflects the diversity of our student body and the communities we serve. Our ultimate goal is to produce graduates who are capable of engaging thoughtfully, effectively, and boldly with the world.


 Mount Holyoke College

Located in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke College is a highly selective, nondenominational, residential, research liberal arts college for women that is gender diverse and welcomes applications from female, transgender and non-binary students. Mount Holyoke is renowned for educating women leaders, from medical pioneers to Pulitzer Prize–winning playwrights. The oldest of the Seven Sister colleges, we are a noted leader in liberal arts education with a mission grounded in the conviction that women can — and should — make a difference in the world.

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