Chemistry: Assistant Professor

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Job Title: Chemistry: Assistant Professor
Location: UW Eau Claire;Eau Claire, WI
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 15094

POSITION: The Chemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire seeks a tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 26, 2019. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

RESPONSIBILITIES: We are looking for a candidate who can provide leadership and direction for our Chemistry with Business Emphasis Program. This program has existed for over 40 years and combines coursework in Chemistry with an array of courses offered by our College of Business. Majors in this program are typically looking to fill chemistry-related positions in industry upon graduation. This has typically led to careers as bench chemists, careers in sales and customer service, procurement and quality control. Recent graduates have taken positions with both large and small companies such as 3M, Univar, Nestlé USA, ChemCeed LLC, Stepan Company, and Hydrite. A successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in industrial chemistry, general chemistry, and courses in their area of expertise.

The successful applicant is also expected to develop a program of scholarly activity that engages our students. We welcome applicants with a broad range of scholarship interests, ranging from traditional laboratory projects to those that are more focused on business operations within the chemical industry (broadly defined). Competitive start-up funds are available, and the potential to engage our Chemistry with Business Emphasis students will be considered an asset. In addition to teaching and engaging undergraduate students in research and scholarship, the successful applicant will provide academic advising to students, engage in service to the university and community, participate in department, college, and university committee work, and carry out other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: An earned doctorate in chemistry or closely related field by January 1, 2019 is required, with preference given to those with teaching and research interests related to industrial chemistry. A strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and an ability to establish a research or scholarship program involving undergraduates is required. Industrial or entrepreneurial experience is an asset. Postdoctoral experience is an asset We seek candidates who value our tradition of liberal arts education. An ability to bring diverse perspectives to the campus and to serve as a role model and mentor for students from underrepresented groups will be considered assets as well.

DEPARTMENT: The Department of Chemistry at UW-Eau Claire has 16 full-time faculty members and is ACS-certified. The department has a mission to provide high-quality undergraduate instruction in the chemical sciences through a combination of coursework and collaborative research opportunities, and therefore it emphasizes first-rate classroom teaching at all levels, along with undergraduate research activities with students that can result in presentations at national meetings and peer-reviewed publications.

The department maintains standard spectroscopy and chromatography resources, including FT-IR and UV-Vis spectrometers, a spectrofluorometer, GCs, and HPLCs. The department also has a GC/MS, a TOF-LC/MS, an MP-AES, and a 400 MHz NMR with z-gradient broadband and inverse detection probes as well as solid-state capabilities. Individual research programs in chemistry are supported by a single-crystal X-ray diffractometer, differential scanning calorimeters, a jet-cooled laser spectroscopy system, and optical cryostats. In addition, instrumentation available through UW-Eau Claire’s Materials Science Center includes TEM, SEM, STM, AFM, Raman microscope, XPS, XRF, XRD, and ICP/MS (with ppq detection limits). Chemistry faculty also have access to a shared computational cluster comprising 304 cores and 16 GPUs.

Tradition of Undergraduate Research at UW-Eau Claire
UW-Eau Claire is officially recognized within the University of Wisconsin System as the Center of Excellence in Faculty/Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration. UW-Eau Claire is also an institutional member of the Council on Undergraduate Research. UW-Eau Claire is nationally recognized as one of the premier Midwestern undergraduate colleges in the public and private Comprehensive University sector (U.S. News and World Report).

The department has long been recognized as a national model for undergraduate research. In 1991, the department was awarded with the Research Corporation first Department Development Grant, and five of our faculty members have received prestigious Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Our faculty members actively seek external support; for example, in the past 10 years they have attracted federal, state, and private sources that have brought in over $4.5M to support collaborative high impact experiences with our students. Within the past decade, UW-Eau Claire chemistry faculty published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and patents, that have included over 240 individual student coauthors.

The fruits of this philosophy manifest as excellent student outcomes: currently, about 40% of our graduates go on to graduate or professional schools, with most of the remaining securing employment in chemistry-related industries. The NSF CASPAR database of Baccalaureate Origins of Chemistry Ph.Ds. shows that over the period 1966 to 2014, UW-Eau Claire ranked in the 97th percentile among Comprehensive I and II institutions. The students in our program are regularly recruited into graduate programs at top-tier institutions, including MIT, Cornell, UC-Berkeley, UC-San Diego, USC, Northwestern University, UW-Madison, University of Chicago, Yale University, University of Michigan, and others.

UNIVERSITY AND EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is a comprehensive university with 800 faculty and academic staff, offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to approximately 11,000 students. The fourth-largest university in the state, UW-Eau Claire has strong academic programs and a focus on experiential learning. The campus, often described as Wisconsin's most beautiful, is set on the banks of the Chippewa River in the heart of Eau Claire. A regional center for western Wisconsin, Eau Claire is a vibrant, friendly, safe, and affordable community of 66,000 with outstanding schools, excellent health-care systems, and employment opportunities. The Eau Claire area is also a center for culture, featuring a diversity of restaurants, theater, a thriving arts community, and a wide variety of music. Eau Claire is home to both symphony
and chamber orchestras, and hosts several music festivals each year, including the Eaux Claires, Blue Ox, Country Jam, and Eau Claire Jazz festivals that attract both local talent and national acts. A wide range of parks, trails, outdoor sports and recreation opportunities exists in the city and surrounding areas. Metropolitan Minneapolis-St. Paul is just a 90 minute drive away, and the local regional airport provides jet service twice daily to Chicago’s O’Hare airport.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are submitted electronically. Interested candidates should apply online at:
You must create an account and login before you can apply, unless you are currently employed in the UW-System, in which case, you can use your UW login. To register, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login." Click the link to the Chemistry: Assistant Professor (Job ID# 15094) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically. Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.

Please be sure you include the following in a single file in PDF format

• Letter of application
• Curriculum vita
• Statement of research/scholarship plans (3-5 pages)
• Statement of teaching interests and experience (1-2 pages)
• Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (You should include copies of your unofficial transcripts in PDF format along with the rest of your application. Official copies of your transcripts will be required before a position offer is made.)

• Finalists will be asked to provide letters of recommendation at a later date. Only applications submitted electronically and preferably compiled as a single PDF document will be accepted. Receipt of complete application packages will be acknowledged by e-mail.

If you have application questions, please email the chair of the search committee at [email protected]

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by the priority date of February 2, 2019. However, screening may continue until the position is filled. Applicants may include links to online materials, which the search committee may consider at its discretion. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process.

Inquiries about the search should be directed to the email address above. A criminal background check is required prior to employment, and it will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding any past conduct related to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

To learn more, visit the Employment at UW-Eau Claire website at and the Chemistry Department website at

UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusivity.




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Posted: 1/2/2019
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