Assistant or Associate Professor - Chemical Engineering

Job description

Job no: 498082
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Engineering, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

The Chemical Engineering Program at San José State University seeks qualified candidates for a full-time tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor (with tenure).

Department Summary

The Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering serves more than 7000 undergraduate and graduate students across 13 Engineering disciplines. The College is nationally ranked at #3 among public universities and #17 overall among engineering programs offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees (US News and World Report, 2020). Since 1956, the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering has been committed to providing the best academic preparation for undergraduate and graduate students. Most of our students find gainful employment, and enjoy successful and productive careers in the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond. Our faculty is committed to student success by providing experiential learning through independent research projects and collaborative research with local industries and universities. Details are provided in the department website at

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or closely related engineering discipline with at least one degree (B.S. or M.S.) in Chemical Engineering. The applicant must have attained the PhD degree by January 2021, and must have at least one year of post-doctoral work or equivalent industry/academia experience. Demonstrated research expertise in biochemical engineering, materials processing, or renewable energy, particularly related to the themes identified as priority areas by the University: Sustainable Futures and Earth Systems Science or Health Equity and Health Infrastructures. The applicant must be committed to teaching and research activities of the highest academic and professional caliber, and maintain a student-centric approach, thus contributing to the development of students as productive, responsible, and caring citizens of the world. Applicants must have a strong commitment to: (a) teaching and working with a diverse population of students at the undergraduate and Masters levels, (b) teaching core and elective undergraduate and Masters-level Chemical Engineering courses, (c) curricular development to complement and further advance the current curriculum, (d) laboratory development that will enhance the quality of education and research opportunities provided to the students, (e) development of externally funded research program, and dissemination through peer-reviewed publications, and (f) should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated self-starter, have excellent written and oral communications skills, and be a team player.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Aptitude for developing new or complementing existing chemical engineering undergraduate laboratory curricula


  • Candidate will teach Masters-level and undergraduate courses in chemical engineering, conduct research in their area of expertise, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and contribute to the growth and success of the department.

  • Candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committee and other service assignments.
  • Candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Compensation - Commensurate with qualifications and experience. See Benefits Summary for details.

Starting Date - August 2021

Eligibility - Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • letter of interest, two page maximum, 11pt font
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy - two page maximum, 11pt font
  • research plans - three page maximum, 11pt font
  • diversity statement regarding specific initiatives, strategies, activities that you have done, and/or will do, to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, two page maximum, 11pt font
  • three references with contact information by 5:00 p.m., Monday February 1, 2021, Pacific Standard Time

Inquires may be directed to the Search Committee Chair – Dr. Anand Ramasubramanian, [email protected].

The University

San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked first nationally as the most transformative college and third nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Additional Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Advertised: October 31, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled




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Posted: 11/1/2020
Application Due: 5/22/2021
Work Type: Full Time