Visiting Assistant Professor

Job Details

Position Summary:

As a Visiting Assistant Professor, primary responsibilities include:

  • Direct and instruct undergraduate chemical engineering students in laboratory.
  • techniques and data treatment for our unit operations and measurement laboratory
  • experiments.
  • Be willing to teach other chemical engineering courses when needed (e.g., safety,
  • thermodynamics, etc).
  • Train teaching assistants that work in the chemical engineering undergraduate lab.
  • Contribute to the mission of the department by engaging in service activities within the department and university.
  • Participate in outreach events showcasing the departments unit operation equipment.
  • Advise undergraduate students.

General Purpose: Provide teaching of the department’s undergraduate laboratory and other
pertinent courses, manage laboratory personnel (e.g., TAs), supply and equipment operation,
and to contribute to department service (e.g., advising, curriculum input)

Position Responsibilities:


  • Prepare and execute educational experiments in our undergraduate laboratory courses.
  • Assess students’s performance
  • Manage the day-to-day operation of the laboratory.
  • Ensure training of the teaching assistants.
  • Be willing to help teach other chemical engineering modules or a course.
  • Cultivate a safe, respectful environment for student achievement.
  • Contribute to open house events to showcase laboratory equipment.
  • Collaborate with faculty and student groups/clubs.
  • Help to advise students in their career path.
  • Assist with other projects, administrative duties, and initiatives as assigned.

Essential Skills:

  • Outstanding communication, counseling/advising, and client relation skills
  • Ability to manage a high student caseload and multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience in employer relationship building
  • Knowledge of career exploration processes and career center operations to include job/internship search documentation, interviewing, and career decision making
  • Must be able to respond promptly to employer, student, parent, and faculty concerns by problem solving, suggesting and implementing solutions
  • Excellent written and presentation skills
  • Proficient in Google, MS Office suites, Handshake
  • Strong computer skills and time management abilities needed
  • Willingness to travel and work some nights and weekends as needed
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion


Minimal Qualifications:

  • Minimum qualifications include a PhD degree in chemical engineering or MS degree in chemical engineering with experience.
  • The applicant is to be proficient at teaching.
  • The desired candidate will have strong interpersonal skills and problem-solving ability.


Minimal Experience:

  • Successful candidate will be able to demonstrate knowledge/experience in chemical engineering.

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience with a chemical engineering undergraduate laboratory as a prior teaching assistant or instructor.
  • A willingness to learn different unit operation and laboratory experiments, best practices, and an appreciation for and interest in working with diverse students, employers and faculty.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and projects.
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, bend and stoop.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Clarkson is committed to complying with the guidelines set forth under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Special Instructions:

Applications received by July 15, 2022 will receive full consideration. To submit your application, go to and click “Career Opportunities”. Complete applications should include a cover letter that outlines qualifications and credentials; the curriculum vitae; diversity statement; and names and addresses (including email) of three professional references. References will be solicited at the campus interview stage of the application process.

An equal opportunity /affirmative action employer, Clarkson actively seeks and encourages applications from minorities, women and people with disabilities. Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal background check.


Working at Clarkson University

As a private, national research university, Clarkson is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic development through teaching, scholarship, research and innovation.   We ignite personal connections across academic fields and industries to create the entrepreneurial mindset, knowledge and intellectual curiosity needed to innovate world-relevant solutions and cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the New York Capital Region, Beacon, N.Y., and New York City, Clarkson educates 4,300 students across 95+ rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, the arts, education, sciences and health professions. Clarkson alumni earn salaries that are among the top 2.5% in the nation and realize accelerated career growth.  One in five already leads as a CEO, senior executive or owner of a company. 

Clarkson welcomes scholars and students from all over the world.

Our community and campus settings enhance the quality of student life and afford students access to and interaction with their faculty. We value the diversity of our University community; and we strive to attune ourselves and our programs to our global, pluralistic society. We share the belief that humane and environmentally sound economic and social development derive from the expansion, diffusion and application of knowledge.

Through our Office of Human Resources, we focus on the recruitment, onboarding, training and professional development of our employee community across multiple campuses and learning environments. The goal is a campus community where all are welcomed and valued members who contribute to the development of global citizenship by promoting a diverse and inclusive environment.


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Together we ignite the mindsets and skill sets that are in demand for tomorrow’s best careers . To think, act and lead globally, we span disciplines to find new solutions and deepen our respect for the diversity of our University community.

We develop innovative programs and research portfolios in partnership with business and industry to explore, create and achieve better futures. We invest in people, ideas and our campus’ living. We give our time, resources and goodwill to drive the future.

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