Visiting Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry


Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA

Open Date

Feb 02, 2023


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Swarthmore College invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor to begin in Fall 2023. The candidate will participate in the biochemistry lecture and laboratory curricula, as well as teaching an upper-level seminar on a biochemically-related topic of faculty interest.  The ideal candidate would also be able to teach in the organic laboratory.  Opportunities for directing undergraduate research are available.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has 8.5 permanent tenure lines, a Lecturer, four lab instructors, and an instrument specialist. The Department graduates ~15-20 majors in Chemistry and Biochemistry as well as special majors in Chemical Physics and Chemistry Education. Classes for majors are small, students are motivated, and the opportunities for collaboration with colleagues and students are real and abundant. Additional information about the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry can be found at

Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia and near Wilmington DE, Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see


A Ph.D. or ABD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related field is required; teaching experience preferred. The strongest candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to creative teaching that speaks to and motivates undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit, via Interfolio at: (1) a cover letter describing their interest in Swarthmore College and qualifications for teaching biochemistry courses, (2) a curriculum vitae and (3) scanned PDF copies of your undergraduate and graduate transcript(s).  Arrange to have 3 letters of recommendation submitted via Interfolio; at least one letter should address teaching.  Applications will not be considered until letters of recommendation have been submitted.  Please address any questions you may have to

Consideration of applications will begin February 10, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Effective July 21, 2021, Swarthmore is requiring all new employees to show proof of being fully vaccinated by their start date, unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. For more information about Swarthmore's vaccine requirements, please visit the Swarthmore COVID-19 Response website.