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Assistant Teaching Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Teaching Professor
Salary range: Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC academic salary scales.
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023
Position duration: This is a tenure track position.

Application Window

Open date: November 4, 2022

Next review date: Wednesday, Jan 4, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, May 1, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Merced invites applications for one new tenure-track Assistant Teaching Professor starting July 1, 2023.

An Assistant Teaching Professor is a tenure-track faculty position with emphasis on undergraduate education. Candidates with expertise in any areas of Chemistry and Biochemistry are encouraged to apply. The primary focus of this position is teaching lower division chemistry courses using modern, student-centered pedagogies. The successful candidate should be knowledgeable about evidence-based pedagogical and assessment methods as well as creative and resourceful with respect to developing instructional initiatives. If it is of interest, there is a vibrant and supportive community of Teaching Professors in the sciences who are active in discipline-based educational research.

In addition, UC Merced values equity, justice, and inclusion, and the Chemistry and Biochemistry department is committed to hiring faculty who support these values. UC Merced is both an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) with a high proportion of first-generation students. Therefore, the successful candidate will clearly articulate an understanding of the barriers facing students from groups historically excluded from STEM, as well as ways to leverage innovative teaching practices to reduce gaps among students from different backgrounds.

Responsibilities for the position include:

  • Teach a variety of chemistry courses and laboratory classes, with emphasis on lower-division courses. The expected teaching responsibility for this position is approximately five courses/labs per academic year.

  • Engage in, and collaborate on, curriculum and program development, pedagogical innovation, and other scholarly and professional activities, such as educational research.

  • Train teaching assistants.

  • Develop and assess innovative pedagogy. Pursue external funding for such efforts.

  • Participate in education-related committees and outreach efforts.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: []. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is 14 days after their first date of employment.

For additional information, please contact Erik Menke at


Basic qualifications

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related field. Record of effective teaching at the college or university level. Record of research, scholarship, or other professional achievement and activity. Record of contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Preferred qualifications
  • Strong record of mentorship and collaboration with others

  • Demonstrated interest in developing innovative teaching programs

  • Proven record of training student instructors

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of research, scholarship, and/or professional activities

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion. Please review the UC Merced Diversity Statement Guidelines and UC’s Commitment to Diversity

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required
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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (

Job location

Merced, CA