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Augsburg College | Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Job Description

About Augsburg University:

The Department of Biology, in collaboration with the Departments of Chemistry and Physics at Augsburg University invites applications for a full-time biochemist in a tenure-track position to begin August 2019. We seek a broadly trained biochemist who is well-versed in cell biology. The successful candidate will share responsibilities in directing a Biochemistry degree track that is currently under development by the Biology and Chemistry Departments and will be launched in fall 2019. Candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity as well as success in teaching and serving students from diverse communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Augsburg's Statement of Commitment on Equity

We believe that education is the key to healthy, meaningful and productive lives for individuals, as well as to the vibrancy of our democracy. Augsburg University is dedicated to achieving an educational experience free from the barriers of poverty, racism, and discrimination so that students can fully realize their unique gifts. Recognizing that higher education's democratic promise is compromised by systemic and systematic barriers to college access and completion, Augsburg is called to stand for equity in everything we do to fulfill our academic mission, serve our students and engage our fellow citizens.

Our Students

Augsburg University has approximately 2,000 traditional undergraduate students, 500 adult undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students. The University's commitment to intentional diversity is reflected in the student body: For the past two years, students of color represented 40-50% of the incoming first-year undergraduate class. Augsburg's commitment to an intentionally diverse community goes beyond race and ethnicity and includes programs for first-generation students; non-traditional-age students; students from a broad array of faith backgrounds, cultures and nationalities; students of various gender and sexual orientation identities; students in recovery; and students with disabilities.

Job Description:

This interdisciplinary appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level in the Biology Department. A typical full-time teaching load is 3:3, but a portion of the load in the initial years may be allocated for research. The successful candidate will teach one section of biochemistry lecture per year with associated lab section(s) each semester and share the teaching load in cell biology. Depending on background, the additional teaching load may include courses such as: advanced cell and molecular biology, biophysics, general biology, general chemistry, or advanced topic courses developed by the candidate for the Biochemistry degree track. The ideal candidate will establish an active and sustained research program that complements existing faculty research programs and is amenable to participation by undergraduate students. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in any of the following areas of biochemistry: proteomics, cellular biochemistry, membranes and membrane transport, or regulation of gene expression, but we will consider all applications. The natural science departments at Augsburg recently moved into a new state-of-the-art science building with dedicated biochemistry teaching laboratory and research laboratory spaces. The new Hagfors Center provides a vibrant work environment in which students and faculty frequently engage within and across departments. We seek a dedicated teacher and colleague who is committed to academic excellence and providing authentic research experiences for undergraduates in our programs.


The successful candidate will have a PhD in Biochemistry or a closely related field at the time of appointment. Prior teaching experience is preferred. Postdoctoral experience and experience mentoring undergraduates in research are highly valued.

Additional Information:

Augsburg University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to approximately 3,500 students of diverse backgrounds. With a student/faculty ratio of 15:1, the university focuses on close personal interaction with faculty and experiential education opportunities on campus and in the community. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church,and shaped by its urban and global settings. At both undergraduate and graduate levels, students actively engage in international travel and intercultural experiences that broaden their view of the world and deepen their engagement in it.

Augsburg University values the diversity of persons, perspectives, and convictions. Critical thinking, rigorous analysis, and open discussion across a full range of ideas lie at the heart of the University's mission as an institution of higher learning. Essential to the University in living out its mission of educating students be "informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders" is that our foundation be one of diversity, inclusion, equity, and intercultural competency.

Augsburg's main campus is located in the vibrant Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, one of the most diverse areas in the Twin Cities. The University of Minnesota West Bank campus and one of the city's largest medical complexes are adjacent to Augsburg; the Mississippi River and the Seven Corners Theatre district are just a few blocks away. In addition to its Minneapolis campus, Augsburg has a site in Rochester, the fastest growing city in Minnesota and headquarters of the Mayo Health System. In addition to these locations, Augsburg owns and operates international sites in Central America and southern Africa. In addition, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO) and McNair programs fund student researchers and organize the annual symposium of Augsburg student research called Zyzzogeton.

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please go to http://www.augsburg.edu/hr, and upload the following:

* cover letter (candidates should address their ability to educate and mentor diverse students and/or contribute to a diverse community in their cover letter)
* complete curriculum vitae
* unofficial undergraduate and graduate school transcripts (official transcripts are required at the time of offer)
* statement of Teaching Philosophy
* proposed Research statement which includes a plan for undergraduate researcher involvement and equipment/funding that will be required to sustain the research.

As part of the online application process you will be required to provide the names of three professional references. If your application advances in this search, you will be notified prior to Augsburg contacting your references. Application review will begin on October 30th, 2018 and the position will remain open until filled.

Augsburg University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national origin, familial status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status or public assistance status.

About Augsburg College

Augsburg College is located in the heart of Minneapolis with a growing program in Rochester, MN. Led by Dr. William V. Frame, the College provides educational experiences and opportunities that transform theory into action and unite the liberal with the practical in preparing its students as leaders for service in a global society. Augsburg's 3,000 students come from diverse religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, representing 36 states and 47 foreign countries. The College also is a nationally recognized leader in providing services to students with physical or learning disabilities. This on-campus diversity is enhanced by Augsburg's location at the crossroads of the Twin Cities' most diverse neighborhoods. Visit Augsburg College at http://www.augsburg.edu

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