Nanoscience Assistant/Associate Professor

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Nanoscience Assistant/Associate Professor

Position Type:

Tenure Stream

Position Eclass:

FC - Faculty 9 month Non Leave earn

University Information:

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

Created in 2010, the Department of Nanoscience is composed of individuals with research interests in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology committed to using interdisciplinary approaches to solve complex problems on the nanoscale. The Department of Nanoscience is seeking a creative junior researcher that will contribute to the growth and innovation of the department and JSNN. Successful candidates will be recommended for appointment as tenure-track Assistant Professor and will become a member of a department with state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities. The Nanoscience Department is located at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) which is a 105,000-square-foot research and teaching facility. The JSNN is administered by both UNC Greensboro and North Carolina A&T State University. It represents a unique collaboration between faculty in the pure/applied sciences and engineering. The department has an enrollment of 58 graduate students and offers a Professional MS Degree in Nanoscience and a Ph.D. in Nanoscience. The research tools available at the JSNN include a nanoelectronics and nanobioelectronics cleanroom; nanofabrication facility with nanoparticle synthesis, characterization, mixing, and scale-up facilities; characterization suite, including NMR facility, analytical facility, and microscopy lab; shared nanoscience labs, including genomics, nanobiology, BSL-3, and a nanobiophysics and nanochemistry visualization and computing facility. A complete listing of tools is available at

Position Summary:

The Nanoscience Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro seeks to hire a tenure track faculty member at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor in support of its recent addition of a concentration in synthetic biology to its Ph.D. program. The Department of Nanoscience is a dynamic and transdisciplinary department that is graduate-only and research-intensive. The Department of Nanoscience offers several graduate degree programs including Ph.D.’s in Nanoscience with concentrations in Synthetic Biology and in Advanced Materials; a thesis-based MS; and a Professional MS in collaboration with the Bryan School of Business and Economics. The department is located within the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, an institution joined at the Dean level between the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina A&T State University.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified applicants will have an earned Ph.D. in a relevant science discipline and have at least two years of postdoctoral training.

Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants who work in the field of synthetic biology and can complement or grow current research efforts in the department (either experimentally or computationally) are welcome to apply. Of particular interest are those whose research programs will focus on metabolic engineering/bioprocess engineering, tissue engineering, or bioprinting; however all strong applicants working in the field of synthetic biology broadly defined will be considered. Qualified applicants will have an earned Ph.D. in a relevant science discipline such as biomedical engineering, bioengineering, molecular biology, or microbiology, and have at least two years of postdoctoral training. Competitive candidates will have an excellent record of research as demonstrated by their publication record and exhibit great promise of extramural funding or have an established record of extramural funding. New faculty will be expected to develop an externally-supported research program, teach effectively at the graduate level, collaborate with researchers in the Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering as well as with researchers in their field, and participate in Departmental and University service activities, with opportunities at the Joint School to engage in entrepreneurial activities.

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants are asked to provide the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least (3) contacts to provide Letters of Recommendation, in the References section of the electronic application. These contacts will be solicited by the SpartanTalent system via email and asked to provide a confidential Letter of Recommendation on behalf of the applicant. This will occur as soon as the applicant submits the application for consideration.

Applicants are required to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References
  • Research Statement
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Recommendation Letter 1, 2, and 3 (optional)
  • Unofficial Transcripts (optional)
Applicants are required to upload a list of references of at least three (3) professional references that includes:

  • Name
  • Company Name
  • Type of reference (Professional, Supervisor, Colleague, Academic or Personal). One (1) of those references will need to be a current or previous supervisor.
  • Email Address
  • Contact Phone Number
Applications are not successfully submitted until an online confirmation number has been received at the end of the application process.

Recruitment Range:

Commensurate with Experience

Org #-Department:

Dean's Office - NN - 13201

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Physical Effort:

Hand Movement-Repetitive Motions - o, Hand Movement-Grasping - o, Holding, Finger Dexterity - o, Reading - o, Writing - o, Vision-Color Distinction - f, Vision-Preparing/Analyzing figures - f, Vision-Visual inspection - f, Hearing - f, Talking - f, Standing - f, Sitting - f, Walking - o, Lifting-0-30 lbs. - o, Lifting-30-60 lbs. - o, Lifting-60-90 lbs. - o, Lifting-90 plus lbs. - r, Pushing/Pulling - o


UNCG at a Glance

Founded in 1891, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is the largest and most diverse state university in the Piedmont Triad. Standing apart from other universities, the UNCG community is joined together by a shared value: We define excellence not only by the people we attract, but by the meaningful contributions they make. 

With more than 19,400 students and 2,500 faculty and staff, UNCG is the largest state university in the Piedmont Triad and has an annual economic impact of more than $1 billion. The campus has grown to include 30 residence halls and 30 academic buildings on 210 acres.

UNCG takes pride in being a learner-centered public research university. The College of Arts & Sciences and seven professional schools offer 79 undergraduate majors, 65 master's programs and 30 doctoral programs.

The university holds two classifications from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, as a “research university with high research activity” and for “community engagement” in curriculum, outreach and partnerships. More than $35 million in grants and contracts for research and creative activity are awarded to faculty members annually. Among the most prominent of UNCG's research initiatives are the Gateway University Research Park and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. Both are partnerships with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Globalization of the curriculum has expanded opportunities for international education, through new programs such as the UNC Exchange Program and the Lloyd International Honors College. In addition, innovative signature programs such as Building Entrepreneurial Learning for Life (BELL), Communication Across the Curriculum, Undergraduate Research and Freshman Seminars enhance the student experience.

As a cultural leader, UNCG offers concerts, lectures, dance and theater performances, exhibitions at the internationally known Weatherspoon Art Museum and readings by nationally known authors. In athletics, Spartan teams compete in nine women's and nine men's sports in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. With ethnic minority students making up 26 percent of the student body, UNCG is the most diverse of the UNC system's historically white campuses.

Although much has changed, some things remain the same. The university motto — “Service” — continues to be a guiding principle put into practice through all aspects of university life.

UNCG Schools and College of Arts & Sciences

The University's Academic Affairs Division consists of seven academic schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School and the Lloyd International Honors College. The names below are the ones currently in use. In some cases, the names have changed since the academic units were founded. The schools and their dates of establishment are: Graduate School 1921-22;College of Arts & Sciences 1969, Lloyd International Honors College 2005, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering 2007, Joseph M. Bryan School of Business & Economics 1969, School of Education 1921, School of Health and Human Sciences 2011, School of Music, Theatre and Dance 2010, and School of Nursing 1966.

Achievements & Accolades

UNCG is garnering national attention and awards for its challenging academic programs, supportive environment and engaged community. Take a look at some of our latest accomplishments and meaningful contributions on campus, in the community and around the globe. Curious about more accolades, achievements, our student body, faculty and staff excellence and other signs of our success? Find out more at UNCG Now:

Challenging Academic Programs

U.S. News & World Report ranked three UNCG online programs among the best in the nation in the 2015 list of Best Online Programs.

UNCG’s slate of online programs has earned a top 10 ranking for affordability from

The graduate program in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies has earned a Top 10 ranking by the The HDFS Report.

Supportive Environment

UNCG is a Military Friendly School for the fourth straight year, putting it in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide that are doing the most to support veterans and ensure their success.

UNCG is ranked among the best colleges for your money nationwide by College Factual, a new site that guides students through the college selection process.

The Education Trust singles out UNCG among the nation’s universities for its success at closing the gap in graduation rates between black and white students.

Engaged Community

For the fifth year in a row, UNCG has earned the “Tree Campus USA” designation for promoting healthy trees and encouraging the spirit of conservation. 

UNCG’s innovative dynamic mailbox system has been honored as one of University Business Magazine’s Models of Efficiency.

For the eighth consecutive year, UNCG is highlighted on Washington Monthly’s list of American universities that contribute most to the public good.

Careers at UNCG

UNCG is committed to the creation of an inclusive, collaborative and responsive university by attracting, retaining and developing a diverse community of talented individuals in support of the university's mission.

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