Assistant Professor of Biology
Whittier College is seeking a broadly-trained Biologist with expertise in genetics to fill a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor beginning September 1, 2020. Successful candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate education and a dedication to innovative and effective teaching that prepares a diverse student body for future success. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed a Ph.D. in Cellular or Molecular Biology and a research interest in genetics. Teaching responsibilities will include contributing to an introductory level cell and molecular biology course and advanced level biology courses, including genetics, with laboratories, as well as, courses that support our liberal arts curriculum. Additionally, candidates will be expected to develop and maintain an active research program, appropriate in a small college environment, that engages undergraduate students. The Biology Department seeks to provide broad training in the biological sciences, preparing students for a variety of careers including education, research, health, or business.
Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science
Whittier College invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Biology and Environmental Science, to begin in fall 2020. We seek a broadly trained terrestrial ecologist with a strong commitment to teaching a diverse student body, and research that integrates undergraduate students in a liberal arts environment. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g. Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Environmental Science). However, preference will be given to candidates with expertise in landscape ecology primarily focusing on plants, especially the effects of large-scale environmental pressures (e.g. climate change, habitat loss and fragmentation) on such systems.
The successful candidate will receive a joint appointment in the Department of Biology and in the program in Environmental Science, and is expected to serve each program equally, with 20 units teaching load per year. Teaching responsibilities will include two lower division courses – one exclusively in support of ENVS and the other BIOL – and upper division offerings in their area of expertise (e.g. Principles of Ecology, Urban Ecology, Plant Physiology), cross-listed in the two programs. Other teaching duties will include contributions to the liberal arts education curriculum by offering interdisciplinary courses on science and society and first year writing seminars from time to time.
The Department of Biology offers courses designed to produce graduates with a strong background in the organization and complexity of living systems, hypothesis testing and experimental design, and oral and written presentation of data. Likewise, the program in Environmental Science offers an interdisciplinary approach to examining environmental issues. The program guides students in understanding the implications across scales of global climate change, sustainability principles, the challenges of maintaining biodiversity, the effects of pollution, and managing risks associated with large-scale natural phenomena, earthquakes, floods, and fires.
Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry
The Whittier College Chemistry Department, an ACS-approved program, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position specializing in Inorganic Chemistry (including bio-inorganic, organometallic, and other related disciplines) starting September 2020. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Chemistry, post-doctoral experience preferred. Teaching responsibilities will include General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Senior Capstone courses, and courses that contribute to the College’s liberal education program.
Candidates will be judged primarily on their teaching ability and their dedication to close interaction with undergraduates. Advisement of undergraduate students and service to the department and the College is required. Maintaining an active research program with undergraduate students is expected.