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Assistant or Associate Professor in Chemistry-Analytical /Instrumental Chemistry/College of Sciences

The University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley

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Assistant or Associate Professor in Chemistry-Analytical /Instrumental Chemistry/College of Sciences

Job Class Code: 10031
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV1217
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Provost - Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position:
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
FTE: 1.0

Scope of Job:
We seek applicants who are dedicated to serving The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's diverse student body as an Assistant or Associate Professor of Chemistry beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year.
The candidate should be expert in the broad fields of Analytical/ Instrumental Chemistry.
The successful candidate is expected to have extensive research and training background in the broad field of analytical/ instrumental chemistry, which may include but is not limited to the specialized field of analytical chemistry, instrumental analysis, spectroscopy, separation science, chemical process/catalysis, analytical environmental chemistry, etc.
Expected duties for each position include teaching lower and upper level undergraduate and graduate chemistry courses, mentoring students in research, and establishing an active, innovative, and externally funded research program in the areas of Analytical Chemistry. In addition, the successful candidates are expected to participate in the development and delivery of an interdisciplinary Materials Science doctoral program in the near future.
The Department of Chemistry is an American Chemical Society approved program and currently offers B.S. and M.S. degrees. The successful candidate is expected to be an active participant in departmental, college and university activities. Application materials must be uploaded with your application: 1) curriculum vitae; 2) cover letter addressing qualifications; 3) statement of teaching philosophy (two page maximum); 4) a detailed research proposal (five pages maximum); 5) a list of required equipment and facilities necessary to conduct the proposed research with approximate cost; and 6) a list of three professional references with current contact information. Review of applications will begin immediately, and acceptance of applications will be open until filled.
About UTRGV: It is UTRGV's Vision “To be one of the nation's leaders in higher education, its premier Hispanic-serving institution, and a highly engaged bilingual university, with exceptional educational, research, and creative opportunities that serve as catalysts for transformation in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.” As such, UTRGV is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff that can contribute to an enriching learning environment that strives for more equitable outcomes for student success. UTRGV is a distributed campus, one university spanning four counties and multiple locations. Our purpose is to be a university for the entire Rio Grande Valley and beyond. Over 91% of the students enrolled at UTRGV identify as Hispanic, making UTRGV one of the top 3 universities with the highest percentage of Hispanic students. Thanks to a steadfast commitment to safety and success, UTRGV yielded record-breaking outcomes in enrollment and student success in the fall semester. For additional information, please visit our website.
Department/College BackgroundThe successful candidate will join a Department dedicated to the use of curriculum responsive to the students it serves and one that utilizes culturally relevant pedagogies. Moreover, the successful candidate will join a Department that exhibits its dedication to its students by strategically reviewing and implementing key retention factors and strategies.
The Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) invites applications for a Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in Chemistry beginning Fall 2022. This hiring initiative focuses on the area(s) of Analytical Chemistry/ Instrumental Chemistry. Candidates for this position are expected to strengthen and complement our research in catalysis, bio-analytical, nanoscience, and environmental chemistry. The selected finalist will establish independent research programs that successfully attract extramural funding, actively contribute to departmental development, and engage in innovative teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The position offers excellent start-up funds, salary, and laboratory space, and the department is well equipped with instrumentation (which includes the following major chemistry Instrumentation: Bruker Biospin 600 MHZ NMR, Perkin Elmer Optima 8300 Dv ICP-OES, Perkin Elmer Turbomass Mass Spectrometer, Thermo Scienitific DSQ II GC-MS/ FID, a Clarius GC-FID, ThermoFisher Ultimate 2000 HPLC, Bruker D2 XRD, a MinifleX II XRD, 2 Perkin Elmer Lambda 950 UV-VIS NIR, 2 Perkin Elmer Frontier FTIR (with ATR, DRIFTS, and standard sampling attachments), Bruker FTIR, Quanta Chrom surface area porosity analyzer, Micrometrics ASAP 2020 surface area porosity analyzed, LS-10 SEM, hand-held RAMAN instrumentation Rigaku First Guard, Bay spec RAMAN spectrometers, Edinburg FLS 980, Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy EleXsys E-500-A console, among other instrumentation) in a dynamic and highly interactive research environment.
UTRGV is a leading Hispanic-serving institution recently promoted to R2 Carnegie research classification and with the goal to become an R1 institution. As such, the successful applicant will benefit from college and university initiatives aligned with this goal, such as expanded research facilities, faculty salary incentives for external funding, an inclusive and welcoming environment, and growing graduate offerings that include two new doctoral programs (PhD in Math and Statistics and PhD in Physics) and several more in the pipeline.A Ph.D. in Chemistry or related field and postdoctoral experience are required. Applicants should provide evidence of or strong potential for significant productivity in research. Externally funded research and teaching experience are considered a plus. Successful candidates will demonstrate potential for both independent and collaborative research, the ability to involve both undergraduate and graduate students in research activities, and a commitment to educate a diverse body of students in a Hispanic Serving Institution. Diversity and inclusion are part of our core values and as such we encourage applications from women and members of underrepresented groups in the sciences. It is our commitment to elevate the lives and economic well-being of the Valley community by offering first-rate education in the STEM fields. We value applicants who can understand and have overcome race, gender-based, and ability-based barriers, and who can bring with them the wealth of worldview, perspective, and experience that is critical to an innovative and accessible educational environment. As a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution with a student population that is over 90% Hispanic, UTRGV is committed to preparing its students to succeed, contribute and excel in an increasingly diverse, global, and interconnected world. Applicants who identify with this mission are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research plan, statement of teaching philosophy, and the names & contact information of at least three professional references. Complete applications should be submitted online at Electronic inquiries may be directed to [email protected]. To receive full consideration, applications should be received by 11/30/2021. Evaluations of the applicants will begin on 12/01/2021 and continue until the position is filled.
About the Department: The Department of Chemistry along with BCMB program is committed to quality education, community service, and preparing students for graduate work or careers in chemistry, as well as preparing students for admission to the schools of medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy. The department has latest research facilities in chemical and biochemical research and education and is the home to approximately 30 full time faculty and about 400 graduate and undergraduate students. ACS accredited BS degrees are offered in Chemistry, along with graduate degrees at the master's levels. The Department of Chemistry offers a Master of Science (Chemistry) degree, a Master of Science (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; jointly with Biology) degree, a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) degree, a Bachelor of Science degree with teaching certification, a minor in Chemistry, and a minor in Biochemistry. UTRGV is planning to launch in the near future an interdisciplinary PhD program in Materials Science and Engineering, on which the chemistry department will be a key participant.

Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or closely related field.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
Evidence of ability and motivation to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate courses in her/his area of specialization. Evidence of ability and strong commitment to establish an innovative research program in the related field with postdoc experience and a good record of peer-reviewed publications.

Preferred Qualification:
Postdoctoral research experience

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?: No
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2022

EEO Statement:
EEO Statement
It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to promote and ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VII of the civil rights act of 1964, the title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, our University is committed to comply with all government requirements and ensures non-discrimination in its education programs and activities, including employment. We encourage women, minorities and differently abled persons to apply for employment positions of interest.
Diversity Statement
UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving Institution dedicated to student success and building a diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment. UTRGV has an NSF ADVANCE grant to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and to promote a positive, family friendly workplace for all faculty. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.

Open Date: 09/28/2021

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Dear Applicant, Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following: *Date of Birth *Social Security Number *Gender *Ethnicity/Race Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission.
Security sensitive; All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). CBCs will be conducted for all candidates invited for an on-campus interview.

Please note: Required Documents 1. Curriculum Vitae2. List of 3 References3. Letter of Interest4. Unofficial Transcripts5. Teaching Philosophy6. Research Plan/ Statement

Additional Information:
UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215.

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

Please Note:
Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper-based test score of 500 (computer-based of 173 or internet-based of 61) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Incomplete applications will not be considered. All positions are subject to budget approval.

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