Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Chemistry

The Chemistry Department of Ursinus College invites applications for one full-time, two-year position as Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Chemistry for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.  The position is well-suited for a scientist who wishes to prepare for a career of teaching at a primarily undergraduate institution that emphasizes excellence in both teaching and research.  This is a full-time, two-year position with duties divided between teaching (five courses in the first year) and research.  The department seeks a talented individual to teach a combination of courses based on departmental need and area of specialization of the candidate.  Additionally, the successful candidate will engage undergraduate students in research.  The chemistry department will offer the candidate mentoring in teaching and establishing a vibrant research program.  Preference will be given to those applicants who were recently awarded or are about to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry.  A list of the Chemistry Department’s anticipated teaching needs for Fall 2014 is below, and the successful candidate will teach some combination of these courses.

Fall 2014 Teaching Needs

Environmental Chemistry

The Chemistry Department of Ursinus College anticipates the need for an instructor in Environmental Chemistry for the Fall 2014 semester (08/25/14-12/13/14).  The successful candidate will teach one section of Introductory Environmental Chemistry (CHEM-101) and one or two sections of the related lab course (CHEM-101LQ), depending on enrollment.   CHEM-101: This course, intended for non-science majors, will examine selected topics in environmental chemistry through an understanding of basic chemical principles. Topics may include global warming, ozone depletion, pollution, and waste management. Three hours of lecture per week.  CHEM-101LQ: Laboratory work related to CHEM-101. In addition to mastering basic laboratory skills, students will analyze air, water, and soil samples using a variety of techniques. Three hours of laboratory per week.  The instructor will post a number of office hours commensurate with student needs.

General Chemistry

The Chemistry Department of Ursinus College anticipates the need for an instructor in General Chemistry for the Fall 2014 semester (08/25/14-12/13/14).  The successful candidate will teach 1-3 sections of General Chemistry I (CHEM-105), depending on the candidate’s availability.  CHEM-105: Topics include structure, bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, inorganic reactions, thermochemistry, and solutions.  The mathematical solution of chemical problems will be emphasized.  This course must be taken concurrently with CHEM-105LQ.  Three hours of lecture per week plus one hour of recitation per week at the discretion of the instructor.  The instructor will post a number of office hours commensurate with student needs.

General Chemistry Laboratory

The Chemistry Department of Ursinus College anticipates the need for an instructor in General Chemistry Laboratory for the Fall 2014 semester (08/25/14-12/13/14).  The successful candidate will teach 1-3 sections of Laboratory in General Chemistry I (CHEM-105LQ), depending on the candidate’s availability.  CHEM-105LQ: Experimental work may include verification of the stoichiometric relationship between reactants and products, the preparation and characterization of compounds, titrations involving neutralization and redox reactions, measurement of enthalpies of reaction, and colorimetric analysis. The mathematical solution of chemical problems will be emphasized. Three hours of lab per week.   The instructor will post a number of office hours commensurate with student needs.

Effective Communication for Chemists

The Chemistry Department of Ursinus College anticipates the need for an instructor in Effective Communication for Chemists for the Fall 2014 semester (08/25/14-12/13/14).  The department seeks candidates with exceptional written and oral communication skills to teach one section of Effective Communication for Chemists (CHEM-201W).  CHEM-201W: Practice in various forms of technical writing commonly used by chemists.  Topics will include writing the scientific paper, display of experimental data, and effective presentation skills.  Course work will involve bibliographic instruction and the use of primary sources.  Open only to chemistry majors.  Three hours of lecture per week.  The instructor will post a number of office hours commensurate with student needs.

Organic Chemistry Laboratory

The Chemistry Department of Ursinus College anticipates the need for an instructor in Organic Chemistry Laboratory for the Fall 2014 semester (08/25/14-12/13/14).  The successful candidate will teach one section of Laboratory in Organic Chemistry II (CHEM-205L).  CHEM-205L: A continuation of the first semester laboratory course in organic chemistry.  Organic Chemistry II laboratory focuses on application of the fundamental lab skills learned in the first course to the solution of problems in synthesis, spectroscopy, and qualitative analysis.  Three hours of lab per week.   The instructor will post a number of office hours commensurate with student needs.

Physical Chemistry Laboratory

The Chemistry Department of Ursinus College anticipates the need for an instructor in Physical Chemistry Laboratory for the Fall 2014 semester (08/25/14-12/13/14).  The successful candidate will teach two sections of Laboratory in Physical Chemistry I (CHEM-309L).  CHEM-309L:  Laboratory work related to Physical Chemistry I (CHEM-309) and Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences (BCMB-307), emphasizing data analysis, computer and writing skills.  Experiments include behavior of gases, thermodynamics and chemical kinetics.  Lab report writing will require use of the primary and secondary literature sources.  Three hours of lab per week.   The instructor will post a number of office hours commensurate with student needs. 

Send letter of application stating your teaching interests, résumé, teaching philosophy, research interests, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three recommendation letters to: chemistrysearch@ursinus.edu. To ensure full consideration, all application materials must be received by March 5, 2014.  Queries may also be sent to the Search Committee at that email address. 

Established in 1869, Ursinus College is a highly selective, nationally ranked, independent, co-educational, residential liberal arts college with a tradition of academic excellence and a strong commitment to undergraduate research in a student body of approximately 1,600.  It is located in Collegeville, PA, 25 miles from center-city Philadelphia. Ursinus College is an AA/OE Employer. Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.