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Assistant Research Professor

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Jul 10, 2021

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Job location: Worcester

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-05-19
Req: R0001338

Assistant Research Professor




Chemical Engineering III


Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI


Applications requested for the position of Research Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). The position will contribute to ongoing projects in the area of thermal and catalytic conversion of biomass and waste streams to energy, fuels, chemicals, and materials. Funding sources include the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and the state of Massachusetts. The successful candidate will be responsible for technical progress on existing projects, mentoring and training junior researchers, coordinating with collaborating organizations, and supporting communication of results with sponsors in written and oral reports. The candidate will be expected to play an active role in preparation of new grant and contract proposals to expand and enhance existing efforts and for eventual development of an externally funded and nationally recognized research program.


A Ph.D. in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or closely related field is required; professional experience or post-doctoral research is preferred. A strong record of publication in thermal and catalytic conversion of waste and biomass streams is required. Experience mentoring, training, and advising junior researchers, including at the undergraduate and graduate level, is required. The candidate is expected to have excellent communication skills, both in written reports and oral presentations.

To apply please submit a cover letter, CV and contact information for three professional references.


United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.


Founded in Worcester, Mass., in 1865, WPI was one of the nation's earliest technological universities. From our founding days, WPI has taken a unique approach to science and technology education.

Our undergraduate and graduate students emerge ready to take on some of the most difficult challenges in science and technology. More important, they understand how their work can truly impact society and improve our lives. WPI campus

Great Minds at Work in the classroom and around the world 
WPI's academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, management, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to the BA, BS, MS, ME, MBA, and PhD.

At sites as close as our home city of Worcester and at over 40 other locations in 25 countries,WPI’s Global Projects Program immerses students in new cultures to tackle unstructured problems in ways that are meaningful to local sponsors in real communities. This is not your typical study abroad.

WPI faculty members and students are engaged in advanced, multidisciplinary research across a broad range of fields—from cutting-edge work in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, to explorations of the technological and policy issues surrounding cybersecurity, to studies of issues as diverse as firefighter health and security and the fire safety challenges of green buildings.

A highly regarded institution

Among recent honors for WPI are the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education and the No. 1 ranking for “faculty who best combine research and teaching.” (Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Ed, 2016) 

WPI professorA beautiful campus in a central location
WPI’s compact 95-acre campus is set atop one of Worcester’s “seven hills” on the residential outskirts of town. Old English stone buildings are focal points of the architecture, but modern facilities have moved in to claim their own space on the immaculately kept grounds. WPI’s newest building, the Foisie Innovation Studio, is slated to open in Fall 2018 and will house high-tech classrooms, makerspaces, labs, and a residence hall for 140 students. 

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