Position Announcements

Position Title: Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Summary: Grand Valley State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Biochemistry. The Chemistry Department at GVSU is a diverse, research-active group with 29 tenure-track faculty, dedicated to excellence in teaching. With newly renovated laboratory space, excellent research facilities and extensive teaching support, GVSU offers a great opportunity to develop all aspects of a successful professional career.

Required Qualifications and Education: Ph.D. in Biochemistry or related field; ABD will be considered with a Ph.D. completed by August 2020. Candidates must show a commitment to undergraduate education and to maintaining a productive program of scholarship that includes undergraduate research.

Preferred Qualifications and Education: Preference will be given to candidates who: have the capacity and/or interest in teaching broadly in the biochemistry curriculum, including upper level laboratories; bring experience from a postdoctoral or industrial position; have demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduate science courses; have experience using active learning strategies, employing technological tools to promote student understanding of biochemistry, or extending student learning experiences beyond the classroom, such as mentoring undergraduate research or project-based learning. The department is especially interested in qualified candidates who demonstrate an ability to work in a collaborative environment with a diverse population of students and colleagues.

Responsibilities: Duties each semester include: i) a baseline nine credit-hour teaching load, mainly involving biochemistry courses for science, pre-professional, and/or allied health majors, ii) baseline scholarship and service, and iii) a significant focus (equivalent to three credit hours) of additional responsibilities in teaching, scholarship, and/or service depending on the candidate's interests and the department’s needs. Newly hired faculty are normally expected to have their three credit hours of significant focus devoted to their scholarship. Department faculty are expected continually develop and grow as teachers, to maintain a productive program of scholarship, and to participate in departmental service activities. Employment begins August 6, 2020.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

Department/Division: Chemistry

Campus: The Grand Valley campuses are located in Allendale and downtown Grand Rapids, which is the second largest metropolitan area in Michigan. The area offers numerous cultural and recreational opportunities, a moderate cost of living, and a high quality of life. Visit www.hellowestmichigan.com for information on living in the west Michigan area.

For more information about Grand Valley State University, see our website at gvsu.edu

For more information about our department, see our website at gvsu.edu/chem

How to Apply: Interested candidates should apply online at jobs.gvsu.edu, selecting “Apply Now.” After completing an application form, the on-line system will require each applicant to attach the following documents: (Microsoft Word or pdf formats)

  • An application cover letter, which addresses your interest in this position.
  • A curriculum vita
  • A teaching philosophy
  • A brief summary of scholarship/research activities, including research projects appropriate for undergraduate students and a statement of facilities, equipment, and instrumentation needs. (Detailed equipment budgets are not necessary with the initial application.)

Applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the Biochemistry Search Committee. Letters should be sent as an e-mail attachment to chmdept@gvsu.edu (use “Biochemistry Reference Letter” as the subject line). If necessary, letters may be sent by regular mail to Biochemistry Search Committee, Chemistry Department, 312 Padnos Hall, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401.

Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Date for Reviewing Applications: Consideration of applications will begin immediately.  Please submit an application by October 18, 2019 to assure full consideration. The position may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Allendale, Michigan 49401 - (616) 331-5000

For more information about Grand Valley, see our website at www.gvsu.edu

Grand Valley State University is an EOE which includes protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. See http://www.gvsu.edu/affirmative/

TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.


Position Title: Affiliate Professor in Chemistry beginning August 6, 2020.

Summary: Individuals will be appointed for one academic year, or fiscal year, on a full-time or part-time basis. This may be renewed once for an additional academic, or fiscal year. Thereafter, such individuals may be appointed for three (3) consecutive academic or fiscal years.

Required Qualifications and Education: Candidates must have a minimum of a master's degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or related field, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. The degree must be completed by the start date.

Preferred Qualifications and Education: Candidates with teaching experience as well as a completed degree in biochemistry or organic chemistry are preferred.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions: Responsibilities for this position include teaching lectures and labs in general chemistry, and introductory organic chemistry or biochemistry. Additional teaching assignments may be made depending on the individual’s expertise/interests and departmental needs. Affiliate professors are also expected to engage in professional development that enhances their role as chemistry educators. The Department values candidates who demonstrate an ability to work in a collaborative environment with a diverse population of colleagues and students. Affiliate faculty typically teach 12 to 15 contact hours per week in lecture, discussion, and lab settings.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

Department/Division: The Chemistry Department is a diverse, research-active group with 29 tenure-track faculty and 9 affiliate faculty dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education. For more information see our Department website (www.gvsu.edu/chem).

Campus: The Chemistry Department is housed primarily at the Allendale Campus, although some teaching assignments may be at our nearby Pew Campus in Grand Rapids.

How to Apply: Apply online at jobs.gvsu.edu and select "Apply now". Please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a statement of teaching philosophy. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. Applicants must also arrange for three recommendation letters to be sent to the Affiliate Search Committee as email attachments (chmdept@gvsu.edu , subject “Affiliate Search Reference Letter”). If necessary, letters may be mailed to Affiliate Search Committee, Chemistry Department, 312 Padnos Hall, Grand Valley State University, Allendale MI 49401. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview.

Application Deadline Date: Review of applications will begin October 15, 2019 and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University. 

Allendale, Michigan 49401 - (616) 331-5000

For more information about Grand Valley, see our website at www.gvsu.edu

Grand Valley State University is an EOE which includes protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. See http://www.gvsu.edu/affirmative/

TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.