Ian Rosenstein, Chair
(315) 859-4730

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

The Chemistry Department invites applications for a one year Visiting Assistant Professor position beginning July 1, 2018, with the possibility of reappointment for a second year. Teaching responsibilities will likely include Physical Methods for Chemical Analysis, Research Methods in Chemistry and other courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. The successful candidate may also have the opportunity to direct student research projects. Applicants must possess a Ph. D. in Chemistry or a closely related field and be committed to undergraduate education, have an interest in teaching a diverse student population, and demonstrate excellence, or the potential for excellence, in teaching and research with undergraduates. Experience teaching or working with diverse student populations is an asset. Further information about the position can be found at http://academics.hamilton.edu/chemistry/jobs. Please submit a curriculum vita, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement describing teaching and research interests, and arrange for submission of three letters of recommendation to http://apply.interfolio.com/49208. Your cover letter and/or teaching statement 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 on March 23 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 https://www.hercjobs.org/upstate_ny/index.html, as well as additional information at https://www.hamilton.edu/dof/faculty-development/resources-for-prospective-or-new-faculty/opportunities-for-spouses-or-partners. 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.

The teaching load for this position is five courses.  The actual courses will depend on the expertise and level of experience of the person hired.  One course that the person hired will definitely teach, probably in both the fall and spring semesters, is Physical Methods for Chemical Analysis (Chem 325).  This is a junior/senior level speaking intensive course that is the required lab experience in physical/analytical chemistry for all Chemistry majors.  In addition to a three hour weekly lab, the course has a one hour weekly lecture.  Currently, the focus of the course is two, multi-week experiments.  In the first, students build a spectrometer using a laser and optical components then use their spectrometer to probe a physical chemistry phenomenon.  In the second, students explore electrochemistry, using a potentiostat to build functioning electrochemical cells and perform cyclic voltammetry.  The person hired would be free to use the existing syllabus or design their own version of the course, more suited to their expertise, as long as it places an emphasis on exploring the physical basis of analytical measurements.

A second course that the person hired will likely teach is Research Methods in Chemistry (Chem 371).  This course would be team taught with a member of the department who has previous experience teaching the course.  The course is a junior level, lab-intensive course that once again has students working on multi-week projects and that exposes students to a range of chemical ideas and experimental techniques.  The course is writing intensive so significant emphasis is placed on working with students to help them transition from writing lab reports to writing journal style manuscripts.

Additional responsibilities will likely be in Principles of Chemistry (Chem 120).  This may be two lab sections or one lecture and one lab, depending on the interest and level of experience of the person hired.



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