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Teaching Postdoctoral Fellows

The postdoctoral fellowship program provides opportunities for postdoctoral research fellows to teach in a research-active and energetic academic atmosphere at a liberal arts college.  The faculty in the Science Division at Haverford are highly regarded for the quality of their teaching and research and are experienced in mentoring new and future faculty.

Positions are available on an ad hoc basis to teach individual courses for one or two semesters in all Departments (Biology, Psychology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Computer Science).  Depending on leave patterns and current curricular needs, fellows may teach a lecture course or co-teach a laboratory course with a member of the Division faculty.  In addition, fellows are encouraged to discuss the creation of a second course to expand the offerings of a Department in new and exciting directions.  In addition to these formal teaching opportunities, fellows are encouraged to participate in other elements of Department life (Department meetings, senior seminars) in order to more fully appreciate the responsibilities that come with teaching (or the role of a faculty member) at a liberal arts institution.

Two areas that are particularly of interest for hiring postdoctoral fellows include programs in neural and behavioral sciences and computational sciences.  Postdoctoral teaching positions in theses fields would be part of a cooperative arrangement with Bryn Mawr College, and a fellow participating in these teaching opportunities may elect to spend part time at each institution.

In the future, we anticipate that our postdoctoral fellows will also assist in bringing noted speakers to campus on a variety of timely issues (i.e., within their discipline, or on other topics of interest, such as global stewardship in the environment).  As a second future initiative with Bryn Mawr College, the fellows at these two institutions would participate in a symposium on “teaching at a liberal arts college”. Postdoctoral fellows at neighboring research institutions would be invited to attend.

If you are interested in applying for an HHMI-funded postdoctoral fellowship, please contact Philip Meneely or Chairs of individual departments within the Science Division.


The Biology Department is currently seeking two Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows in genetics/developmental biology and molecular biology/biochemistry. Each fellowship is an opportunity for a postdoctoral scientist to develop teaching skills while contributing to a nationally recognized, research-rich curriculum focused on cell, molecular and developmental biology. More information about the department is available at

Because of the part-time nature of these visiting positions, Teaching Fellows normally continue an affiliation with a specific research group at a local university or research institute.

Each Teaching Fellow will be paired with an experienced faculty mentor. The Fellow in genetics/developmental biology will offer a seven week advanced topics lecture class (Nov 1-Dec 14, 2012) and team-teach an upper level laboratory module (Jan 27-March 8, 2013). The Fellow in molecular biology / biochemistry will offer a literature-based senior seminar (Jan 27-March 8, 2013) and team-teach a different upper level laboratory module (March 18-May 3, 2013).

Postdocs who wish to be considered for one of these opportunities should submit a CV, a summary of recent research activities, and statements of teaching interests and professional goals. A Ph.D. is required. Candidates also should have two letters of recommendation sent separately, one of which should be from their current postdoctoral research mentor.

Applications will be reviewed as completed, and the search will continue until the positions are filled. Questions, application materials and recommendations should be directed to:

Karl Johnson, Chair
Haverford Biology Department
370 Lancaster Ave
Haverford, PA 19041-1312

Haverford’s Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships are supported by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Education Program. Haverford College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and strongly encourages applications and nominations of persons of color, women, and members of other under-represented groups.