Hi guys,
I was redesigning a website for a professor and in the biography page of their old website, screenshot here.

But, I , personally, consider using tables for layout or at all anymore really is outdated. I know what I said above may be controversial, but I would sincerley appreciate it if someone could help me, if possible, to write the html and if necessary style it so that I can organise this data as if it was in a table without using the html table tags.

I have been trying all day with div tags and other styling and I just can not get it

Here is the html for the above table for the biography in the old site. btw, it contains massive amounts of inline styling that the previous web designer / coder used. Apologies lol.
Code HTML4Strict:
<table cellpadding="5" style="width: 531px;" class="normal">
        <tbody>
          <tr>
            <td colspan="3"><b>Professional Experience:</b></td>
          </tr>
          <tr>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 80px;" top="">Technical
Staff</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 300px;">Bell
Telephone Laboratories - Murray Hill</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top;">1968 - 70</td>
          </tr>
          <tr>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 80px;">Assistant
Professor</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 300px;">Michigan
State University</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top;">1970 - 76</td>
          </tr>
          <tr>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 80px;">Visiting
Associate
Professor</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 300px;">Institute
of Physics - Bhubaneswar, India</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top;">June - Sept. 1976</td>
          </tr>
          <tr>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 80px;">Associate
Professor</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 300px;">Michigan
State University</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top;">1977 - 81</td>
          </tr>
          <tr>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 80px;">Professor</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 300px;">Michigan
State University</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top;">1982 - Present</td>
          </tr>
          <tr>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 80px;">Visiting
Professor</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 300px;">Indian
Institute of Science - Bangalore, India</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top;">Sept. - Dec. 1979</td>
          </tr>
          <tr>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 80px;">Visiting
Professor</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 300px;">Tata
Institute of Fundamental Research - India</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top;">Jan. - March 1980</td>
          </tr>
          <tr>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 80px;">Visiting
Professor</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 300px;">University
of Antwerp - Belgium</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top;">March - June 1980</td>
          </tr>
          <tr>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 80px;">Visiting
Scientist</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 300px;">Max-Planck-Institut
f&uuml;r
Festk&ouml;rperforschung, St&uuml;ttgart</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top;">Summer 1980</td>
          </tr>
          <tr>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 80px;">Visting
Scientist</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 300px;">Argonne
National Laboratory</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top;">Summer 1981</td>
          </tr>
          <tr>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 80px;">Visiting
Professor</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 300px;">Jawarharlal
Nehru University - Delhi, Indian
Institute of Technology - Madras</td>
            <td style="vertical-align: top;">Jan. - April 1996</td>
          </tr>
        </tbody>
      </table>

Thanks in Advance and please let me know if you have any Questions, Comments, or Concerns,

Best Regards,
Team 1504.