Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry

Job description

The Department of Chemistry at Illinois State University is seeking applications for a nine-month, tenure- track faculty position in Physical Chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 16, 2020. The successful candidate will be expected to build on the highly-regarded chemistry program through teaching, research, outreach, and curricular development activities. A Teacher-Scholar model is highly valued; a commitment to, and effectiveness in, classroom instruction is expected and the ability to attract external funding at the level needed to build and sustain a research program in physical chemistry is required. Teaching responsibilities will be primarily physical chemistry lecture and laboratory courses (at the BS and MS levels), but the ability to contribute to the Department in other areas such as physical biochemistry is desirable. An earned doctorate in chemistry or a related field is required, and post- doctoral experience is preferred. Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law; salary is commensurate with experience.


Illinois State University is committed to developing a diverse pool of applicants and recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcomed to apply.


To assure full consideration, please upload application materials, which includes a cover letter describing your interest in the position, a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, and a research plan including equipment/instrument needs, to the online faculty application posting number 0712468 at Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to the Search Committee at [email protected] Reference letters that lack a signature or those sent from the candidates will not be accepted. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Please direct questions to the Search Committee at [email protected]


Illinois State University, the first public university in Illinois, has a full-time enrollment of 21,000. Initially chartered as a teacher college, Illinois State University is now a comprehensive university but still one of the nation’s top ten producers of teachers. The University, located in the central Illinois community of Bloomington-Normal, midway between Chicago and St. Louis, serves both the rural and urban areas of Illinois. With a rapidly growing population of over 125,000, the community has numerous cultural, educational and economic opportunities.


The Chemistry program at Illinois State University has a long tradition of excellence in chemistry research and teaching. Currently, there are approximately 90 chemistry majors seeking the ACS certified Chemistry degree out of 175 chemistry, biochemistry, and chemistry teacher education majors in the Chemistry Department. At the graduate level, there are approximately 30 students earning a research- based MS degree through the Master of Science in Chemistry degree program and 30 students in our online Masters of Chemical Education and Masters of Science in Chemical Education programs.


The mission of the ISU Department of Chemistry is one of strong research activity involving undergraduates and graduate students (MS level) coupled with a focus on premier teaching. The Department is often ranked in the top 25 producers of ACS-certified BS degrees, is consistently one of the largest producers of M.S. chemistry degrees at institutions that do not also offer a Ph.D. degree, and is one of the largest producers of high school chemistry teachers in the state. Details of these programs and facilities can be found on the Department web site at



Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Posted: 9/4/2019
Application Due: 11/3/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Commensurate with experience.