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Assistant Professor Computational Biochemistry

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Science & Engineering

Position Title

Assistant Professor, Computational Biochemistry

About the University

Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 89,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

WWU is one of 24 institutions in the USA to receive funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Program, which supports the Advancing Excellence and Equity in Science program in the College of Science and Engineering. 

About the Department

The  College of Science and Engineering and Chemistry Department support Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this faculty position

The Chemistry Department has 21 tenure track faculty, serves about 300 undergraduate majors and over 20 graduate students annually, and offers a variety of degrees in Biochemistry or Chemistry (M.S., B.S., B.A.), along with a combined B.A. with Education degree.  About 50% of the majors focus on Biochemistry. More than half of our undergraduate majors are active in faculty-mentored research projects, and many present their work at national meetings and are co-authors on peer-reviewed publications. 

About the Position

The successful candidate will be required to teach lecture and lab courses in several areas. These areas may include but are not limited to Biochemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, General Chemistry and appropriate special topics courses. This person must be committed to quality undergraduate education and to fulfilling teaching responsibilities in ways that support an equitable and inclusive learning environment for students.   The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an active research program involving undergraduate and M.S. students.

Required Qualifications

  • An earned Ph.D. in biochemistry or related field from an accredited institution is required at time of appointment.
  • Post-doctoral research experience.
  • Record of or potential for high quality undergraduate teaching.
  • Record of high quality scholarship in computational biochemistry (broadly defined).
  • Record of or commitment to working effectively and inclusively with a diverse student body.
  • Commitment to establishing a vigorous research program involving undergraduate and M.S. students.  The focus of an individual's research specialization is open to all relevant areas of computational biochemistry.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest in any combination of the following research areas: protein engineering and design, molecular dynamics, protein-ligand interactions, protein folding and dynamics.
  • Ability to initiate or participate in cross-disciplinary collaborations with experimental biochemists

Salary

 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Submit the following documents: (1) a cover letter addressing all of the required and preferred qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) undergraduate and graduate transcripts, (4) a detailed statement of research plans (max. length of four pages, not including references), (5) a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and interests, and (6) a one-page statement describing plans to promote equity, inclusion and diversity in the classroom and research lab. 

 

Required Supplemental Materials

You will be required to provide contact information for three reference letters, which will be automatically requested from the referees via the PageUp System.

 

Additional Questions

Professor Sergey Smirnov (360) 650-2302 or Sergey.Smirnov@wwu.edu

Closing Date Notes

Application review begins September 17, 2018; position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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