Assistant Professor of Biochemistry/Neuroscience

Job Type: 
Tenure Track Faculty
St. Olaf College

The Chemistry Department at St. Olaf College seeks to hire a tenure-track biochemist with expertise in neuroscience starting August 15, 2019. In addition to upper-level biochemistry, candidates interested in contributing to the first-year curriculum, including the integrated chemistry/biology introductory course sequence, and to neuroscience at St. Olaf College are especially welcomed. We encourage applicants with experience, and research interests in neuroscience including, but not limited to, medicinal chemistry, neuropharmacology, and neurotoxicology to apply. Candidates will be expected to establish a vibrant research program and must demonstrate a commitment to liberal arts education and explicitly describe how their proposed scholarly activity would involve undergraduates. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field or expect completion of such prior to employment.

All applicants must submit application materials on the St. Olaf College Human Resources website at A complete application includes:

  • a cover letter outlining your qualifications and why you are interested in this particular position, particularly how you will contribute to the department’s commitment to increasing access and opportunities for populations that are currently under-represented in the area of chemistry at the college.
  • a current curriculum vitae,
  • unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts,
  • a detailed description of research interests and plans (approximately 3-5 pages plus references) emphasizing the suitability of the research for undergraduate researchers and potential funding opportunities,
  • a statement of teaching which includes your teaching interests and goals, ideas about pedagogical approaches, and reflection on experience you have had (about 2 pages), 
  • a discussion of courses the applicant is interested in teaching (either based on courses currently listed at, courses that the applicant could envision teaching but are not currently being taught at St. Olaf or how the applicant would incorporate neuroscience into existing courses),
  • the names and email contact information for three professional references, at least one who can speak to your abilities in classroom and laboratory teaching.

When your online application is complete, an email request for a letter of recommendation with a link to upload the letter will be sent to the persons you have indicated. You may wish to contact your letter writers personally to advise them that the request will be arriving shortly and a timely response would be appreciated.


We will begin reviewing applications on September 17, 2018.


Questions can be directed to:

Greg Muth, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Chair-Search Committee
[email protected]