Assistant/Associate Professor of Chemistry

Job Details


The Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia (UVA) is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor position in the field of solid-state NMR spectroscopy with a focus on applications toward the study of catalytic materials for  energy and chemicals processes. This position is part of UVA's investment of $60 million toward climate solutions through the University's Grand Challenge Research Initiatives, which include significant investments in research infrastructure and up to six faculty positions in the area of catalysis for energy and chemical processes.

 This new colleague will join a vibrant, interdisciplinary research and teaching community in the Department of Chemistry with a start date on or after August 2024. In this role, they will establish a dynamic, independently-funded research program using solid-state NMR spectroscopy with dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) capabilities in the field of advanced materials for catalytic applications while mentoring students and contributing to graduate and undergraduate educational missions and departmental culture. Further, it is expected that candidates will work with colleagues at the University of Virginia to collaboratively build innovative and impactful research and education programs. The solid-state NMR with DNP capabilities will provide a platform to build new collaborations across UVA to advance the study of novel materials, especially with applications in the field of catalysis.

 We offer a collegial and supportive environment with a strong record of supporting, mentoring, and championing new faculty. This new faculty member in Chemistry will be part of a growing cohort in the field of catalysis including several recent strategic faculty hires in the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. There are many opportunities for collaboration within and between the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Medicine, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of Data Science. Furthermore, a range of networking and development opportunities is available to ensure that scholars from underrepresented groups in science and engineering thrive at UVA.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in chemistry or a related field at the time of appointment, a strong record of innovative research, and a commitment to high-quality teaching and mentoring of students from a diversity of backgrounds at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Application Instructions

To apply to this position please follow and attach the following required documents to your application. Applications submitted by November 15, 2023 will receive full consideration. 


1. Cover letter that succinctly indicates why you are interested in joining our department at UVA, highlights your most significant accomplishments, experiences, and qualifications related to research, teaching, and mentoring, and describes how your skills and experiences could advance the University’s ambition to cultivate the most vibrant community in higher education in order to prepare students to be citizen-leaders in a diverse and globally connected world (1-3 pages).


2. An academic CV that includes a full publication list. Please include contact information for three references.


3. A research statement that includes your vision for your research program at the university (2-3 pages). Potential applications of your proposed research program to catalysis for energy processes and chemicals production should be highlighted. If there are particular labs at UVA with whom you might see yourself collaborating in your research, those could be mentioned as well.


4. A statement on teaching and scientific mentoring that details your goals as an instructor and related past experience that you will build from (1-2 pages). Some useful tips for writing an informative teaching statement can be found here, and additional resources, a sample rubric, and examples are available here.


**Applications that do not have all the required components will not receive full consideration.***


Questions about this position should be directed to Thomas Gunnoe at 



In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

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Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


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Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


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The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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