Virginia Tech — Collegiate Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry

Job Description
The Department of Biochemistry at Virginia Tech seeks enthusiastic candidates for a non-tenure track Collegiate Assistant Professor position. This is a nine-month, full time position with a renewable three-year contract and the opportunity for promotion (for more information on the Collegiate Professor ranks, see The Biochemistry Department is a dynamic, collaborative, and tight-knit community of scientist educators that currently includes 20 tenure-stream and two collegiate faculty. Our ASBMB-certified undergraduate program currently serves 450 majors. In addition, the department offers courses that serve hundreds of non-majors across the life sciences as well as over 30 graduate students. The successful candidate will advance the instructional mission of the department by teaching courses, engaging in curricular development and course transformations, adopting innovative and inclusive pedagogical practices, and enhancing undergraduate research and/or outreach opportunities. The Biochemistry Department is committed to creating an inclusive environment that promotes the success of a diverse student body and is actively engaged in efforts to build inclusive educational practices within the curriculum. The position responsibilities also include a scholarly component, which may involve scholarship of teaching and learning or of biochemical research by undergraduates. The candidate will be expected to serve on departmental, college, or university committees as a contributing member of the department and of the broader university community. Candidates with experience at all levels of professional development (e.g., recent Ph.D. recipient, postdoctoral trainee, or instructor) with a passion for teaching and a firm foundation in biochemistry and molecular biology are encouraged to apply.

Anticipated salary is $70,000 – $82,600, depending upon experience.

The anticipated start date is January 10, 2023.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry or another life sciences discipline.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience teaching biochemistry/molecular life sciences at the undergraduate level in the classroom or laboratory in one or more of the following instructional modalities: in-person, online (synchronously or asynchronously), or hybrid/HyFlex.
  • Familiarity with contemporary practices in higher education pedagogy (e.g., active learning, project-based learning, flipped learning, enhancing inclusivity).
  • Experience teaching, mentoring, and/or advising students from underrepresented groups.

Additional Information
Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Interested candidates should provide:

  1. A cover letter.
  2. A curriculum vitae.
  3. Names and contact information for three references.
  4. A Teaching Statement (two pages max) that describes: your teaching experience/history, including pedagogical approaches used; your beliefs about learning and how that is reflected in your teaching; how student learning and/or teaching effectiveness were assessed; and future ideas or plans for pedagogical experimentation or innovation.
  5. A Diversity Statement (two pages max) that describes: your experience engaging with students of diverse backgrounds (e.g., students from underrepresented groups, first-generation college students) and/or fostering diverse perspectives; what diversity, equity and inclusion mean to you and how that is incorporated in your teaching, research and/or service; and how you would approach creating an inclusive learning environment in the classroom, laboratory and/or broader university community.

Please submit materials at, Job No. 521632 or use the following link:

About Virginia Tech
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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