Assistant/Associate Professor in Experimental Physical Chemistry

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Science & Technology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Physical Sciences
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Position OverviewThe Department of Chemistry at the University of Kansas is seeking exceptional candidates for a tenure-track position in Experimental Physical Chemistry at the assistant or associate professor level, expected to begin in the Fall of 2022. The Department welcomes candidates with a strong track-record and research interest in any area of experimental physical chemistry. A desire to effectively teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is expected, and a statement of teaching philosophy and interests is required. A competitive salary will be offered that is commensurate with experience. A Ph.D. in chemistry or closely related field is expected by start date of appointment.

We are also particularly interested in qualified candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity of the Department and academic community. Thus, we strongly encourage applications from individuals who identify as members of groups that are underrepresented in science. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. before the start of the position.

Founded in 1865, KU is the state’s flagship university and as a premier research institution is one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Associate of American University (AAU). The university enrolls more than 28,000 students with many top ranked graduate programs. The campus is situated in the historic, diverse, and culturally vibrant city of Lawrence, KS, which is 40 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area. Job Description40% Teaching
1. Participate actively in undergraduate and graduate instruction in chemistry.
2. Participate in advising both undergraduate and graduate students.
3. Participate in advising and evaluation of graduate students at the Ph.D. and M.S. levels, including doctoral dissertations.
4. Hold regular office hours

40% Research
1. Develop and maintain an active, well-funded research program in experimental physical chemistry or a related field.
2. Publish research findings in appropriate scholarly outlets.
3. Present papers at professional conferences.

20% Service
1. Participate in the regular academic activities of the Department of Chemistry, including committee assignments, oral exams, seminars, and student advising.
2. Provide general service to the Department, College, the University, and the discipline

All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. Required QualificationsEvaluation of the requirements will be made through the following: (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in CV, (3) graduate and post-graduate coursework, (4) publications and conference presentations in the field, (5) statement of teaching philosophy, experience in making scientific presentations in physical chemistry, and/or previous teaching experience, and, (6) information provided from professional references.

1. Ph.D. in physical chemistry or closely related field expected by start date of appointment
2. Demonstrable research qualifications in the field of physical chemistry.
3. Well-defined plans for development of a vigorous research program of national and international repute in physical chemistry or a closely allied area.
4. Evidence of ability to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in physical and general chemistry.
5. Demonstrated ability to relate and communicate effectively with graduate students in the context of the research program initiated by the candidate.

Appointment at Associate Professor has the additional required qualifications.
6. Demonstrated ability to obtain substantial external funding to support research efforts.
7. A strong record of independent publications.
8. Have documented support of teaching effectiveness at the undergraduate and graduate level.
9. Have documented service both internally and externally.
Additional Candidate InstructionsFor a complete announcement and to apply online go to A complete application package includes: (1) an online application; (2) a cover letter detailing work experience and education experiences; (3) a CV detailing the candidate’s record of accomplishments and productivity; (4) a research statement; (5) graduate and post-graduate coursework; (6) a statement of teaching philosophy; and (7) the names with contact information for three professional references. Letters of recommendation from the three professional references will be requested from candidates of interest following an initial review.

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application (response must be within 4,000 characters or less):
  • Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.
Contact Information to ApplicantsSearch Committee Chair, Cindy Berrie
[email protected] Advertised Salary RangeCommensurate with experience Application Review Begins15-Nov-2021 Anticipated Start Date18-Aug-2022


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