Polymer or Color Chemistry (Science) Assistant Professor

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Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Polymer or Color Chemistry (Science) Assistant Professor

Anticipated Hiring Range:


Work Schedule:

Varies based on teaching schedule.

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Textile Engineering, Chemistry

About the Department:

NC State University scores high marks as a great place to work, according to a survey conducted by Forbes. The annual survey of America’s best employers by state places NC State in ninth place in North Carolina, well ahead of its rival institutions in the Triangle.


The Wilson College of Textiles is recognized as the #1 Textiles Institution in the world. We strive to be the global leader in textile innovation, supporting a culture of creativity and curiosity while advancing environmental stewardship and economic sustainability.


The Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science (TECS) (https://textiles.ncsu.edu/tecs/) is a unique, interdisciplinary department dedicated to the science, engineering, and technical applications throughout the vast textile complex. TECS is housed within the Wilson College of Textiles, which is known as the global leader in textile innovation in terms of education, research, and service, and TECS is an affiliated department of the College of Engineering (COE). The faculty within TECS is multidisciplinary, and their backgrounds represent a diverse set of STEM disciplines. The TECS faculty, staff, and students work closely with partners within the textile complex and beyond, thus graduates readily find employment in both textile and non-textile areas, and over half of research funding in TECS comes from industrial sources.

TECS offers students the chance to work closely with some of the best polymer/textile/fiber/dye/color researchers in the world. The TECS Department offers three BS degrees to about 375 students in Textile Engineering (TE), Polymer and Color Chemistry (PCC), and Textile Technology (TT), as well as two MS degrees to about 60 students in TE and Textile Chemistry (TC). TECS also has about 90 students pursuing Ph.D. degrees in Fiber and Polymer Science (FPS) and Textile Technology Management (TTM). The Polymer and Color Chemistry (PCC) degree offers three concentrations, including an ACS accredited option, Medical Sciences, and Science & Operations. The PCC and FPS programs expose students to both molecular level details of polymers and fibers as well as surface chemistry and color science, and thus the students gain a broad perspective.

The Wilson College of Textiles also has world-class facilities for research, education, and extension. Zeis Textiles Extension (ZTE) serves the textile industry’s prototyping and pilot production needs in its five laboratories – spun yarn, knitting, weaving, dyeing and finishing, and physical testing, and provides training and certification in textiles and Lean Six Sigma. The Textiles Protection and Comfort Center (T-PACC) has unique scientific abilities that permit scientific evaluations of comfort and protection from fabric swatch level to full ensemble systems. The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) is an innovative global partnership between industry, government, and academe that operates on an “Open Innovation” platform to build next-generation nonwoven applications while also providing training and guidance to the field’s future leaders. More information including our Analytical Chemistry lab can be found here: https://textiles.ncsu.edu/industry-and-research/.

TECS is located on the Centennial Campus of NC. State (http://centennial.ncsu.edu), which is an award-winning, academic research park with more than 70 companies, government agencies, and nonprofits, and over 75 university research and academic units, including COT and COE, as well as the technologically advanced Hunt Library. This campus also includes a hotel and conference center, and a variety of recreational amenities such as walking trails, a lake with a fishing pier, and an 18-hole golf course. Affordable housing is also within easy access to campus.

Essential Job Duties:

  • The Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science (TECS) at NC State University is seeking talented candidates for a tenure track faculty position with a preference for polymer science/chemistry or a color scientist at the Assistant Professor level. The successful candidate is expected to have expertise in the use of color science including imaging and image analysis or dyeing and finishing including dye synthesis for new applications, surface chemistry modifications, polymer chemistry/physics, or a fiber chemistry-related field. The candidate should have an expressed interest in applying their expertise to the larger textile complex from either color science perspective, or the molecular design and synthesis of new dyes, polymers, surface science of polymers, and textile substrates including chemistry of finishes, or investigating how color impacts the textile complex. A typical faculty load in TECS is 45% research, 45% teaching, and 10% service.
  • Teaching: We seek educators who demonstrate strong potential for teaching excellence in the PCC program. We prefer an individual who is dynamic in the classroom and is student-centric. Active participation in the academic advising of students as well as in the assessment/accreditation process is also expected. The primary teaching responsibilities may depend on the candidate but should align with our PCC, Textile Chemistry (TC), TE, and FPS courses. More information on our courses can be found here: https://www.acs.ncsu.edu/php/coursecat/directory.php. Also, new course topics can be proposed and designed.
  • Research: We seek scholars who exhibit potential for establishing and growing an active research program, which entails effective mentoring of graduate (and undergraduate) students and managing a productive and safe laboratory. The successful candidate will be expected to secure extramural funding and to communicate research findings in peer-reviewed and other scholarly publication sources as well as at technical meetings at the local, national, and international levels. Particular research areas of interest include the development and use of polymers, dyeing, and finishing, color science or perception, as well as aspects of the development of chemical structures or processes that are more sustainable or less toxic to the environment. However, related and/or complementary areas will also be considered. Candidates who value a collaborative environment are preferred.
  • Service: We seek an individual who will be proactive and enthusiastic about actively recruiting and retaining TECS undergraduate and graduate students, with a commitment to improving access to higher education for people from underrepresented groups. In addition, TECS expects active service on departmental, college, and university committees and involvement in professional societies and organizations.
  • Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives and thus are university goals. We particularly seek candidates who have an interest in working with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds and are committed to improving access to higher education for people from underrepresented groups. Also, those candidates that can demonstrate the potential of embracing the Wilson College of Textiles values: compassion, equity, collaboration, innovation, and sustainability.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • At the time of hire, the successful candidate must have earned a doctorate from an accredited university in Fiber and Polymer Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Polymer Science, or a field with strong polymer chemistry or color science focus.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching, with an emphasis on color science or polymer science including physical chemistry and surface chemistry modifications.
  • Demonstrated potential for developing an innovative research program in the chemistry of textiles, fibers, polymers, and dyeing and finishing.
  • Enthusiasm for mentoring and advising students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Demonstrated potential of embracing the Wilson College of Textiles values: compassions, equity, collaboration, innovation, and sustainability.
  • Communication of research findings at technical conferences and in peer-reviewed journals and/or other scholarly sources.
  • The potential to secure extramural funding for research.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with textile companies or within the textile complex.
  • A willingness to collaborate with colleagues within and across academic units and government agencies.
  • Research expertise in the use, interpretation, and control of color in different media, the development of new dyes and finishes, the design and use of polymers, or in a related textile chemistry area including the development of chemical structures or processes that are more sustainable or less toxic.
  • Successful teaching at undergraduate and/or graduate levels.
  • Established publication record in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • A desire and willingness to serve the department, college, university, and larger scientific communities, including:
  • Involvement in professional societies and organizations,
  • Serving on institutional, departmental, college, and university committees,
  • Actively recruiting undergraduate and graduate students for NC State University, and
  • Collaborating with all units within the College of Textiles to facilitate research and education in color and/or polymer chemistry.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open Until Filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Required Documents

  • CV
  • Statement of your research plan (up to 5 pages); please also address sources of prospective funding.
  • Statement of teaching interests and teaching style/teaching philosophy (up to 3 pages) including the types of courses you would like to teach.
  • Statement of diversity (up to 2 pages) including how to foster diversity and inclusion in teaching, research, and/or service?
  • List of references with a brief statement of what aspect(s) of your fit for this position that each could address.

Optional Documents

  • Examples of research and/or teaching output that are not already included, such as video links, a recent poster presentation, representative manuscript, syllabus for a new course, etc. (Please limit to 10 pages.)

Position Number:


Position Type:

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):


Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

186401 - Textile Engineering, Chemistry


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at www.wes.org or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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Job No:
Posted: 3/6/2021
Application Due: 5/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time