The Department of Biochemistry is hiring and we want you to join our team! We have three open positions that we're looking to fill: an Academic Programs Coordinator, a tenure-track position in biochemistry and a collegiate faculty position in biochemistry.
Academic Programs Coordinator
The Academic Programs Coordinator supports the administrative needs of the undergraduate and graduate programs within the department. The Coordinator will work closely with the Biochemistry Academic Advisors on all undergraduate program functions including construction of semester timetables of courses, recruiting, graduation, orientation, force/add process, and processing course waivers and substitutions. With assistance from the Department Head and Undergraduate Program Director, prepares timetable and teaching load in Banner. Assists communications staff with compiling award/scholarship program. This position frequently interacts with students and faculty and provides administrative support for events planned by the department, including weekly seminars held in person and on Zoom. The Coordinator also serves as liaison between the Graduate School and the departmental graduate committee, and works closely with the Graduate Program Director. Maintains all graduate student records both on paper and in Google Docs. Keeps track of all students, support mechanism, qualifying and preliminary exam completions, plans of study, graduate program assessments, and works with Fiscal staff on graduate student contracts, and to pay tuition. Collects data on student achievements such as publications, fellowships, etc.. Acts as point person for the Biochemistry Graduate Student Association, in conjunction with the faculty advisor.
Experience providing administrative support to an academic unit or other entity. Experience in the coordination of various deadlines for academic programs. Strong proficiency in using and learning multiple software programs simultaneously such as MS Office programs, and G-Suite programs. Experience synthesizing, editing, organizing and proofreading documents, and keeping track of various tasks. Excellent communication skills. Ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously. Ability to construct, use and manage permissions of digital records. Experience handling student records and assisting with grades. This position requires a person who adapts easily, accepts responsibility, and ensures a high level of accuracy with attention to detail. Competency in grammar, composition, and editing abilities. Must be a problem-solving, multi-tasking person with good organizational skills. Knowledge of or ability to learn university policies and procedures. Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality. Professional demeanor and the ability to interface effectively with multiple diverse constituents, including prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty and staff. Ability to work effectively as a member of a team, take initiative, and work independently as necessary. Ability to disseminate information in a clear, concise manner, and maintain a high level of confidentiality.
Bachelor’s degree preferred in a relevant field. Proven ability to exercise sound judgment and timely decision-making practices to accomplish organizational goals. Knowledge of university, college, and departmental academic policies and procedures relevant to undergraduate and graduate study. Knowledge of federal rules and regulations such as FERPA, HIPPA, ADA, Veterans Administration. Demonstrated flexibility to work in a department with changing priorities.
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Tenure Track Position in Biochemistry
The Department of Biochemistry at Virginia Tech invites applications from outstanding scientists for an academic-year, tenure-track assistant professor position in the broadly defined area of nucleic acids biochemistry and molecular biology. Candidates who utilize modern methods to address important questions related to nucleic acids and their applications, ranging from basic biochemistry to improving One Health, are encouraged to apply. The Department has research strengths in diverse areas including computer modeling/simulation, infectious disease, metabolomics, drug development, signal transduction and molecular microbiology.
Virginia Tech provides excellent core services including mass spectrometry, genomics (both short- and long-read platforms) and Advanced Research Computing. Utilizing a competitive startup package, the successful candidate will build and maintain an internationally recognized and extramurally funded research program. The candidate is also expected to recruit and mentor graduate students and contribute to graduate and/or undergraduate teaching , while also functioning as an active and collegial member of the departmental and university community, fully committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment.
Collegiate Faculty Position in Biochemistry
The Department of Biochemistry at Virginia Tech seeks enthusiastic candidates for a non-tenure track Collegiate Assistant Professor position. The Biochemistry Department is a dynamic, collaborative, and tight-knit community of scientist educators that currently includes 20 tenure-stream and two collegiate faculty. Our ASBMB-certified undergraduate program currently serves 450 majors.In addition, the department offers courses that serve hundreds of non-majors across the life sciences as well as our 41 graduate students.
This is a nine-month, full-time position with a renewable three-year contract and the opportunity for promotion (for more information on the Collegiate Professor ranks, see https://faculty.vt.edu/faculty-handbook/chapter05.html). The candidate will advance the instructional mission of the department by teaching courses, engaging in curricular development and course transformations, adopting innovative and inclusive pedagogical practices, and enhancing undergraduate research and/or outreach opportunities.
The Biochemistry Department is committed to creating an inclusive environment that promotes the success of a diverse student body and is actively engaged in efforts to build inclusive educational practices within the curriculum; thus, candidates with experience teaching, mentoring, and/or advising students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. The position responsibilities also include a scholarly component, which may involve scholarship of teaching and learning or biochemical research by undergraduates. The candidate will be expected to serve on departmental, college, or university committees as a contributing member of the department and the broader university community.