Ian Rosenstein, Chair
(315) 859-4730

Chemistry Department
Hamilton College
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323



VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSORS (Two positions)—HAMILTON COLLEGE, Clinton, NY. The Chemistry Department invites applications for two positions at the rank of assistant professor. Both appointments officially begin on July 1, 2016 but formal responsibilities begin in mid-August. One appointment will be for the full academic year, the other will be for just the fall semester. For the full year position, teaching responsibilities may include Biophysical Chemistry (lecture), Biological Chemistry (lecture and/or lab) and Principles of Chemistry (lecture and/or lab). The successful candidate may also have the opportunity to direct student research projects. Applicants for the full year position must possess a Ph. D. in biochemistry or a closely related field. For the one semester position, teaching responsibilities will include lecture and/or lab sections of Principles of Chemistry, and applicants must possess a Ph. D. or ABD in any chemical sub-discipline. For both positions, the successful applicant must be committed to undergraduate education, have an interest in teaching a diverse student population, and demonstrate excellence, or the potential for excellence, in teaching undergraduates. Further information about the department can be found at http://academics.hamilton.edu/chemistry. Please submit curriculum vitae, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, statements describing teaching and research interests, and arrange for submission of three letters of recommendation to http://www.interfolio.com/apply/34970. In your cover letter, please clearly state whether you are applying for the full year position, the one semester position or if you would like to be considered for both. Your cover letter should address the ways in which you would further the College's goal of building a diverse educational environment. Questions may be directed to Ian Rosenstein, Chair, Chemistry Department, Hamilton College. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Hamilton (www.hamilton.edu) is a residential liberal arts college located in upstate New York. Applicants with dual-career considerations can find other Hamilton and nearby academic job listings at www.upstatenyherc.org. Hamilton College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in all areas of the campus community. Hamilton provides domestic partner benefits. Candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education are especially encouraged to apply.



There is no prescribed format for the statement of teaching interests.  However, some of the topics that could be addressed that the search committee would find helpful include:

  • motivation for teaching at a liberal arts college and the relationship between research and teaching and your general approach to teaching undergraduates in the classroom and laboratory
  • ways in which you would further the College's goal of building a diverse educational environment
  • intended learning outcomes and strategies for student assessment in lecture and lab courses
  • courses within our existing curriculum that you would be interested in teaching and courses you would be interested in teaching that would augment the existing curriculum
  • innovative or unusual ideas or methods for lecture or laboratory teaching

Likewise, there is no standard format for a statement of research interests.  Submission of standard research proposals is fine but keep in mind that at a small liberal arts college, the search committee usually includes most or all members of a department so your proposals will be read by faculty outside of your particular field of chemistry.  It is often helpful to submit short (one to two page) summaries of your proposals for a general chemistry audience, in addition to full, detailed proposals.  Along with your technical proposal you may also want to address:

  • how the broader ideas of your research program extend beyond your specific proposals and fit into the context of the work in that field today
  • the roles that undergraduate researchers, at both the senior and lower levels, would play in your projects both during the summer and throughout the academic year in the Senior Project
  • details of any specific instrumentation, equipment, and space needs that will be critical to the success of your research program