Assistant Professor of Bio-Organic Chemistry Position Available

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Middlebury College invites applications for a tenure-track position to begin September, 2017. Application deadline is September 30th, 2016. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in bio-organic chemistry or a closely related field. Applicants must have post-doctoral research experience and show evidence and/or promise of excellence in teaching students from diverse backgrounds. Research with undergraduate students is expected and strongly supported. Middlebury College uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Email and paper applications will not be accepted. At Middlebury, we strive to make our campus a respectful, engaged community that embraces differences, with the all the complexity and individuality each person brings. In your application materials we encourage you to address how your teaching, scholarship, mentorship and/or community service might support our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Through Interfolio submit: a letter of application addressed to Professor Jim Larrabee, a curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching and research plans, anticipated start-up needs, and three current letters of recommendation.

Teaching Expectations:  

Teaching responsibilities include general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, electives in the candidate’s field of expertise as well as shared contributions to the College’s first-year seminar and winter term programs. All department members rotate responsibility for teaching First-Year Seminar (FYSE) courses and contribute to Middlebury’s Winter Term Curriculum as interested and needed. The typical teaching load at Middlebury College is 4-5 courses per year—depending on the sizes of the classes, number of contact hours, labs, etc. See the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department website for specific course information.

Research Expectations:  The successful candidate is expected to establish an independent research program that involves undergraduate students and results in scholarly publications. Middlebury College provides broad support for such endeavors including competitive start-up funds, internal student research scholarships and faculty professional development funds, and state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment. The Department is housed in McCardell Bicentennial Hall, the College’s 116,000 net square foot science center, which opened in the fall of 1999. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry also contributes to the Program in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and the Program in Environmental Studies. Applications from candidates who might additionally contribute to these programs are welcomed.

Application Details

Statement of Teaching and Research Plans
Please describe your career vision for both teaching and research in a liberal arts environment. These can be separate or combined. The teaching statement offers a free-form opportunity to convey one’s interests, motivations, plans, and desires in regard to teaching at Middlebury College. The teaching statement must explicitly cover how the candidate would teach a diverse classroom. The research plans should be both specific and detailed.

Anticipated Start-up Needs
Please list out or describe in narrative form the facilities and equipment necessary to successfully begin your research program. A rough budget is helpful and need not specify all routine supplies and minor items—they can be lumped together (e.g., glassware and consumables: $5,000). This is not a final nor binding list. It may change and evolve over the course of an interview visit as one sees the labs and facilities. The actual start-up funds and/or equipment commitments will be negotiated after a job offer is made. Middlebury College is committed to meeting the full start-up needs of the successful candidate.

Letters of Recommendation
The combination of three recommendation letters from the candidate’s Ph.D. mentor, postdoctoral advisor, and/or others who know them well should address the candidates potential as both a teacher and a researcher. Some letters may focus primarily on one aspect due to the nature of the interaction, but at least one letter should specifically address teaching experience or potential.

Interview Process

Timeframe - We anticipate short (30-60 minute) online Skype interviews with 8-10 “short-list” candidates in mid-October followed by two-day, on-campus interviews with three candidates in late October and November 2016.

Research Talk - We ask candidates to give a typical 40-50 minute research seminar keeping in mind that most of the audience will be undergraduate students and other non-specialists. College administrators sometimes attend as well.

Teaching Lecture - We also ask candidates to present at 50 minute “mock lecture” on a topic of their own choosing from a typical organic chemistry or biochemistry course. This teaching lecture need not follow any particular format nor have any specific content, but it should offer insight into the candidate’s style and approach to teaching. In addition to the department faculty a number of our chemistry and biochemistry majors typically attend these talks.

Individual Meetings - The candidate will meet with all department faculty, a number of current students, one search committee member from outside the department, and members of the academic administration during the interview.

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check.  More information regarding background checks may be found at:

Middlebury College is located in scenic Middlebury, Vermont in the heart of the Lake Champlain Valley, with the Green Mountains to the east and the Adirondacks to the west. Burlington, about an hour to the north, is Vermont’s largest city and also home to the University of Vermont. Dartmouth College is about an hour and a half to the east in Hanover, New Hampshire. Although Vermont is known for its rural setting, Middlebury is a vibrant, welcoming community committed to hiring a diverse faculty.

Should you need any help uploading the required documents, please contact the Interfolio Helpdesk for assistance at 877.997.8807 or Specific questions or concerns about the application or interview process should be directed to either Judy Mayer (department coordinator) for Interfolio related issues, or Jim Larrabee for position specific issues. We are happy to assist you in submitting the strongest possible application.

Middlebury College is a top-tier liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in faculty teaching and research. An Equal Opportunity Employer, the College is committed to hiring a diverse faculty as we work to foster innovation in our curriculum and to provide a rich and varied educational experience to our increasingly diverse student body.


Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

McCardell Bicentennial Hall
276 Bicentennial Way
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753