Tenure-Track position in Biochemistry
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Biochemistry
POSITION: A full-time, tenure-track appointment starting August 2014.
QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in Chemistry or Biochemistry is required and post-doctoral experience is preferred. The successful candidate should have a strong background in biochemistry or biological systems. The preferred candidate will also be able to contribute to our inorganic or analytical chemistry curricula.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Teaching responsibilities include courses within our biochemistry and general chemistry programs and the opportunity to develop courses in one’s specialty. In addition, Albion offers opportunities for faculty members to be involved in the First Year Seminar program or curricular involvement in the Honors Program and the Center for Sustainability and the Environment. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to our undergraduate research program, including membership on thesis committees and the active direction of undergraduates in collaborative research projects. Support for developing an active research agenda is provided through start-up funds, departmental support, regular access to the College’s Faculty Development funds, participation in Albion’s Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity (FURSCA), and through pursuit of external grants.
DEPARTMENT: The Chemistry Department at Albion College is certified by the American Chemical Society and provides a stimulating teaching environment. The eight faculty members have a long tradition of commitment to quality teaching of undergraduates. There are two majors: a chemistry major and a biochemistry major. The curriculum, although traditional in many respects, has some novel features including a systematic introduction to inorganic chemistry in the second semester of the first year and a second-year organic course emphasizing mechanism. Extensive use of discovery and research-based experiments is made throughout the laboratory curriculum. Departmental instrumentation includes a 400 MHz FT-NMR, GC-MS (2), GC, HPLC-MS (electrospray), HPLC, Biochromatograhy System, IC, FT-IR, digital polarimeter, scanning UV-Vis, diode array UV-VIS (3), UV/Vis-Fluorescence microplate reader, fluorescence spectrometer, and electroanalytical instruments. (See http://www.albion.edu/academics/departments/chemistry/campus-facilities for more information on our facilities including our recently completed Science Complex.)
INSTITUTION: Albion College is a private liberal arts college of approximately 1300 students. It is situated in a culturally diverse community in south-central Michigan within an hour's drive of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Western Michigan University. Albion is dedicated to the highest quality in undergraduate education and committed to diversity as a core institutional value. The College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability, as protected by law, in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment. We are especially interested in candidates who will contribute to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.
APPLICATION: To apply, e-mail a curriculum vitae, photocopies of both graduate and undergraduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interests and how they would be integrated into an undergraduate setting, and three letters of reference to
Review of applications will begin October 25, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about the College or the Chemistry Department see www.albion.edu/chemistry .
Dr. Lisa B. Lewis, Co-Chair www.albion.edu/chemistry
Department of Chemistry Phone: 517-629-0276
Albion College FAX: 517-629-0264
Albion, MI 49224 Email:
1 year Visiting Professor position in Chemistry
ONE-YEAR VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR POSITION
POSITION: A one year position for the 2012 – 2013 school year.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have experience in teaching introductory chemistry at the college or university level. A Ph D. is preferred, but consideration will be given to an advanced graduate student desiring teaching experience.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Teaching responsibilities include introductory general chemistry (lecture and laboratory) as part of the general chemistry program with the possibility of participating in the teaching of advanced classes/ labs.
DEPARTMENT: The Chemistry Department at Albion College is certified by the American Chemical Society and provides a stimulating teaching environment. The eight faculty members have a long tradition of commitment to quality teaching of undergraduates. Two majors are offered by the department: Chemistry and Biochemistry. The curriculum, although traditional in many respects, has some novel features including a unique general chemistry sequence that includes a systematic introduction to inorganic chemistry in the second semester and a second-year organic course emphasizing mechanism. Extensive use of discovery and research-based experiments is made throughout the laboratory curriculum. Departmental instrumentation includes a 400 MHz NMR, GC-MS (2), HPLC, LCMS, IC, Biochromatography system, digital polarimeter, ICP-AES, FTIR (3), scanning UV/Vis, diode array UV-Vis (3), UV/Vis-Fluorescence microplate reader, fluorescence spectrometer, and electroanalytical instruments. See www.albion.edu/chemistry for more information about our department and facilities including our recently completed Science Complex.
INSTITUTION: Albion College is a private liberal arts college of 1500 students. It is situated in a culturally diverse community in south-central Michigan within an hour's drive of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Western Michigan University. Albion is dedicated to the highest quality in undergraduate education and committed to diversity as a core institutional value. The College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is especially interested in candidates who will contribute to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. A member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, Albion is also associated with the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (formerly the "Oberlin 50") and the Annapolis Group - national organizations of Liberal Arts colleges. Visit our Web site at www.albion.edu.
APPLICATION: To apply, send curriculum vitae, photocopies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation to the address below. Review of applications will begin March 8th, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled.
Dr. Lisa B. Lewis, co-Chair
Department of Chemistry Phone: 517-629-0252
Albion College FAX: 517-629-0264
Albion, MI 49224 Email:
Albion Students Prepare for Ironman Event
Chris Omerza, ’12, is devoting a sizable chunk of his summer to science. As a participant in Albion College’s Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (FURSCA), the biochemistry major is trying to determine which groups of electrons should be used to maximize magnetic interactions.
When Omerza does get out of the lab, however, it’s often not for rest and relaxation. Rather, he is most likely training for the Sept. 11 Ironman event in Madison, Wis. Omerza, who completed the Racing for Recovery half-Ironman in Monroe on June 5, will be joined in the Wisconsin race by Luke Holly, ’12. Omerza and Holly will be tested by a 2.4-mile swim on Lake Monona, a 112-mile bike ride that includes two 40-mile loops through rural Dane County, and a 26.2-mile marathon through downtown Madison streets and the University of Wisconsin campus.
Omerza, who hails from Honor and graduated from Leelanau High School, became Holly’s roommate during their sophomore year after Holly’s original roommate joined a fraternity. The two met during their first semester at Albion and made the decision to pursue an Ironman event and become training partners. Despite training together while participating in FURSCA last summer, the timing of registration forced them to wait for this year to actually begin competition.
“Luke had randomly mentioned that his life goal was to complete an Ironman by the time he was 25 years old,” Omerza said. “We tried to do it last summer, but we found that all of the races for the summer of 2010 were closed because registration typically closes 364 days before the event.”
Holly’s training was made more difficult by a challenging academic load during the 2011 spring semester. The biology and economics and management double major from Cadillac, who is also active in the Chapel and Campus Crusade leadership teams and serves as treasurer of the hockey club, devoted the bulk of his time to studying for the Medical College Admission Test, which forced him to reassess his original performance goal.
“My training suffered a bit, but studies come first,” Holly said. “I had made a goal of finishing in less than 12 hours. I have let go of the time goal and I’m just going to finish the race and take that as an accomplishment.
“The [December-January] break between fall and winter semesters was the best [training] time for me,” Holly added. “Training didn’t have to compete with all of the things I’m involved in.”
Omerza, meanwhile, was 21st in a field of 150 individuals to complete the Monroe event. His time of 5 hours, 5 minutes has placed him in the category he calls “competitive hobbyists,” and he has established a long-term goal of qualifying for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
“Qualification in the World Championship is based on your rank and the number of competitors in your age group,” Omerza said.
The Tie That Binds
For Omerza and Holly, rising early is a prerequisite for carving training time into their schedules. Holly said he wakes at 5 a.m. to get his running in before heading to his full-time summer job; he completes his biking or swimming session in the evening.
“I try to do each sport four days a week with each sport having its own long day,” Holly said. “By the max portion of training I’ll be doing bike rides of 40 miles, with 60-80 miles on the long days, runs averaging eight miles, with longer runs up to 15 miles, and the swimming distance depends on what I’m doing [with the other two sports].”
Omerza added, “I get up early and do homework in every five- and 10-minute time shot I have. I’m never sitting around doing nothing.”
Omerza and Holly were not roommates during the 2010-2011 academic year, so a heavy-sleeping roommate is crucial during the winter months. Omerza said that while he can run outdoors in a T-shirt in the cold, biking is done on a trainer in his room. To pass the time while pedaling, he has watched every episode of Dexter available on DVD and has lost count of the number of movies he has seen.
“I would get up at 7 or 8 on Saturday and I could ride to noon or 1 o’clock and my roommate could sleep through it,” Omerza said. “Biking inside really stinks.”
‘Legendary’ Runs to the Grocery Store
Nutrition is just as important as the physical training, and Omerza and Holly report a diet high in carbohydrates and protein.
“We buy as much chicken as Sam’s Club will let us,” Omerza joked.
Holly added, “I’ve always been a big eater, but we have had some legendary Sam’s Club runs for chicken and pasta.”