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Faculty Opening: Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Calvin College Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry invites applications for a tenure-track position beginning September 2013, pending administrative approval.


The department seeks candidates who demonstrate strong commitment to excellence in both undergraduate teaching and scholarship.  The area of research interest is open; expertise in computational methods will be given preference.  It is expected that all faculty establish a vigorous research program involving undergraduates and apply for external funding. A Ph.D. is required; teaching and post-doctoral research experience is preferred.  Calvin faculty members are expected to have an active interest in integrating faith and science (see this page for perspective on teaching at Calvin). Calvin College is committed to building a culturally and ethnically diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minority candidates. Rank is open. 

About the Department:

The department has 13 faculty members, is ACS accredited, offers degrees in chemistry and biochemistry, and has excellent facilities and equipment for conducting research.   Faculty and students are engaged in variety of research programs funded by PRF, Research Corporation, NSF, and NIH. 

Calvin College is located in Grand Rapids, MI, a midsize city with population of about 190,000 and a metropolitan area of about 770,000.

For more information about Calvin's Chemistry & Biochemistry department and its faculty, students, or curriculum, please visit the department's website.

Application Procedure:

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send:

  1. a cover letter that specifically addresses the ways the candidate can support the mission of Calvin College,
  2. a curriculum vitae,
  3. undergraduate and graduate transcripts,
  4. a brief description (2-3 pages) of research plans that will involve undergraduate students,
  5. a brief description (1 page) of teaching philosophy,
  6. a statement (1-2 pages) describing how your Christian faith informs your teaching and scholarship,
  7. three letters of recommendation.

All materials should be sent to:

Dr. Mark Muyskens, Chair
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Calvin College
1726 Knollcrest Circle SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4403
fax: 616-526-6501

About Calvin:

Calvin College is a private four-year college with an enrollment of 4,000 students.  It is a Christian college in the Reformed tradition and all candidates are expected to embrace both the Christian faith as expressed in the Reformed creeds and the educational mission of the college.  More information about the mission of the college may be found here.

Calvin is building a tradition of diversity and accessibility and welcomes applications from persons whose personal characteristics will further that commitment. Calvin does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, or age. Calvin College is a Christian educational institution operated by the Christian Reformed Church and, in compliance with Title VII and other applicable law, reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religion.

Persons interested in applying or who wish to make nominations should correspond with the Provost’s Office or the respective department chair.

A complete statement of requirements for faculty can be found in the document called Faculty Membership Requirements: A Guide for Prospective Faculty.