University of Connecticut, Molecular and Cell Biology

Position ID:UConn-Molecular and Cell Biology-494639 [#16479, 494639]
Position Title: Instructor in Residence
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology
Appl Deadline: (posted 2020/06/23, listed until 2020/07/20)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***


The University of Connecticut, Stamford campus is seeking applicants for the position of Instructor in Residence for the Biology Program. Under the direction of the Stamford campus Biology faculty, the successful candidate will provide teaching for the introductory and advanced instructional biology laboratory courses at the Stamford campus. For more information regarding the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB), please visit the department website at, and for information on the UConn Stamford campus, visit its website at

The incumbent will be expected to set up and tear-down laboratory classes, master techniques as new resources become available, and work largely independently with minimum recourse to a supervisor. The successful candidate will be teaching six lab sections for Introductory Biology per semester. In light of current events and the possibility of laboratory sections being delivered as online experiences in the fall 2020 semester, the incumbent must be willing to implement and deliver virtual exercises, and to devise alternatives to traditional hands-on lab experience in consultation with other MCB faculty and staff.

Job duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: preparation of solutions and culture media, set up and tear-down of labs, preparatory running of laboratory experiments to ensure such experiments will demonstrate the intended scientific principle or procedure for which the experiment was designed, coordination of all labs to ensure that the target learning goals are met, modification and upgrade of difficult lab experiments to incorporate new technology, participation in meetings to plan and evaluate lab experiments, analyzing and streamlining procedures for intended results, recommending improvements, solving problems, and modifying experiments accordingly, assistance in editing and updating lab manuals, up-keep and cleaning of current resources, teaching or co-teaching BIOL 1102, 1107 and 1108 labs which includes writing quizzes and assignments, grading, meeting with students who need help outside the lab assigned time, coordinating local field trips, as well as performing other related duties as required.


  1. Masters degree by August 23, 2020 in biology or related area and 0-1 year of experience
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of scientific principles as well as the concepts and standard laboratory procedures, including safety procedures
  3. Proficient with basic mechanical equipment and computer programs
  4. Excellent organizational skills including initiative and attention to detail
  5. Strong interpersonal skills including ability to work in a team setting and maintain good working relationships


  1. One (or more) years of experience as an instructor or teaching assistant in a college or university teaching laboratory or undergraduate course
  2. Ability to calibrate and standardize a Spectrophotometer
  3. Familiarity with Vernier® equipment
  4. Familiarity with PCR and gel electrophoresis
  5. Skill in the dissection of preserved specimens (notably frogs, pigs)
  6. Command of good aseptic technique and use of oil immersion
  7. Experience in maintaining cultures of laboratory organisms (plant, invertebrate)


The position is a full-time, 9-month, non-tenure track renewable appointment.  Salary is competitive and based on qualifications and professional experience. The successful candidate’s primary academic responsibilities will be on the Stamford campus. This position is a dual report and is supervised by both the Director of the Stamford campus and the Head of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (Storrs).

The position begins August 23, 2020 and is renewable annually. The incumbent may also have the opportunity to earn additional salary through summer instruction.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae or resume,
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.),
  • The names and contact information for three letters of reference.

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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Further Info:
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
Biology Physics Building (BPB)
91 N. Eagleville Rd., Unit-3125
Storrs, CT 06269-3125

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