Cornell University, CALS Molecular Biology and Genetics

Position ID:Cornell-CALS Molecular Biology and Genetics-LECTURER [#19784, WDR-00030074]
Position Title: Lecturer
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Biochemistry / Biochemistry
Molecular Biology
Cell Biology
Appl Deadline:2022/01/03 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/09/27, finished 2022/03/16, listed until 2022/01/03)
Position Description:    

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Academic Job Description
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Position Function

The Department of MBG at Cornell University is responsible for teaching a 4-credit course (BIOMG3300, Principles of Biochemistry, Individualized Instruction). This course is offered
both Spring and Fall semesters and is taken by approximately 400 students per academic year and satisfies a core requirement of all Cornell students majoring
in Biological Sciences. The topics presently taught include protein structure and function, enzymes, basic metabolic pathways, DNA, RNA, protein synthesis,
and an introduction to recombinant DNA techniques.  This course is taught in an auto-tutorial format without formal lectures.  The
Lecturer will be fully responsible for instruction in this course including training of ~50 undergraduate teaching assistants (TAs) per semester, one-on-one
instruction of students, and maintenance of all course materials. The Lecturer will also be responsible for teaching a 1-credit course in Computer Graphics
and Molecular Biology (BIOMG 3340), which involves the visualization of complex biomolecules using computer graphics techniques and group presentations on
current topics in molecular biology and is taken by approximately 30-40 students per semester. This 9-month position that will become available for the
fall semester 2022 although the precise start date is flexible.  We would strongly prefer a lecturer being involved in summer teaching, and if time permits, collaborative teaching during
the academic year with other faculty in MBG.

Anticipated Division of Time

Instruction and Evaluation (70%)

  • Lead two weekly TA training meetings (one for undergraduate TAs in 3300, and one for graduate TAs in 3340).
  • Teach one section of 3340 per semester.
  •  One-on-one teaching in 3300 Study Center.
  •  Updating of weekly quizzes, preparation and grading of 3 exams per semester, and determination of final grades (3300).
Mentoring (10%)  

  • Supervise and mentor TAs.
  •      Serve as academic advisor to undergraduate students in the biology major.
  • Provide student recommendations (for many of the undergraduate TAs who apply to professional schools after graduation as well as summer internship programs).

Course Development (10%)  

  • Updating course study guides and other instructional materials for both 3300 and 3340.
  •      Participate in faculty committees that help coordinate teaching.
Supervision (5%)  

  • Supervise one half-time 9.5-month administrative assistant.

Me Personal and Professional Development (5%)

  • Stay current in the areas of molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology.
  •      Participate in department and university committee work.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities such as workshops on teaching and learning.
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with faculty and peers.


  • PhD in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, or similar field.
  •      At least 3 years preferred of experience post PhD in teaching at college level.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of students.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.

Application Procedure: 

Submit online to a Curriculum Vitae, a Teaching Plan, 3 references, and a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (1 page). Administrative questions can be addressed by Joan Olson:

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty, and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education, and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy, and environmental resources; and social, physical, and economic well-being. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments, and their communities both in New York State and around the world.

Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will create a climate that attracts persons of all races, ethnicities, and genders. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Cornell understands the needs of dual career couples, which it attempts to meet through a Dual Career program and membership in the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, which assists dual career searches. Visit to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area.

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Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
526 Campus Rd
107 Biotechnology Bldg
Ithaca, NY 14853