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Job Summary

The Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a full-time Instructor (Teaching Assistant Professor) to teach in the MCDB Introductory lecture course series and departmental CURE lab courses.

MCDB provides a number of Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) labs.  These labs enable undergraduate students to participate in original research and present their results at a departmental symposium. The curriculum of each of the CURE lab courses is already developed but adaptations and growth are welcome and encouraged. Teaching these courses includes a lecture once/week to combined sections and supervising and assisting graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants.
The introductory series of required courses for MCDB majors include such topics as biologically important macromolecules and biological processes, the central dogma, cell structure and function, and genetics. These courses provide a foundation for advanced MCDB courses and take an active learning and evidence-based approach. Teaching in the Introductory series also includes supervising a 1-credit co-seminar course in which students work in small groups with undergraduate Learning Assistants practicing how to apply course content to solve problems.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder is the intellectual core of the university, conducting research, scholarship, creative work and education in more than 60 fields.  Our research generates new knowledge, solving some of the world’s most critical problems.  The college leads nationally in undergraduate and graduate education, bringing world-class research and scholarship to our students, both in and out of the classroom.  The college is the academic home to all five of the university’s Nobel laureates.  Additionally, it is home to the university’s four National Medal of Science winners, eight MacArthur “Genius Award” winners, 100 Fulbright Scholars, 17 Guggenheim Fellows, 15 Packard Fellows, 25 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 23 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  CU Boulder is the only university in the Rocky Mountain region in the American Association of Universities, a group of the nation’s leading research institutions.

MCDB has 30 tenure track faculty and 5 instructors.  It offers a bachelor’s degree to ~800 undergraduates and has 67 PhD students.

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What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • This position includes teaching the Phage CURE lab (MCDB 1161) along with supervising and assisting graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants for this course, assisting in the Cell Biology Lab CURE (MCDB 3140), and co-teaching in one of the Introductory core lecture along with supervising the Learning Assistants for the accompanying co-seminar.  This is a 100%-time position and is based on a split of: 85% teaching and 15% service to the department and University.

What You Should Know

  • This is a permanent position with a three-year renewable contract opportunity.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $62-65K annually for Instructors, and $66-$72K annually for Senior Instructors.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Molecular or Cell Biology or a related discipline and evidence of substantial experience and expertise in teaching undergraduates. Both lecture and laboratory teaching experience  is required.
  • For Instructor qualifications: minimum 1 academic year (equivalent to 9 months); this experience could have been gained during graduate school.
  • For Senior Instructor qualifications: six years of experience at the rank of instructor in a 50% or greater appointment.

What You Will Need

  • A strong commitment to undergraduate education.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to engage in current pedagogical approaches to higher education teaching.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and advocate for an environment of diversity and inclusive excellence and demonstrated success in working with diverse populations.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Cover Letter, which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae.
  3. Teaching Statement that includes your pedagogical philosophy and teaching-related goals (1-3 pages in length).
  4. Statement of your philosophy related to diversity, equity and inclusion (1 page in length).
  5. Syllabus of a previously taught course.
  6. Course Evaluations for one or more courses taught.
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for a reference who can write a letter of recommendation on your behalf. We will request letters and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Aileen Kohlerschmidt

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