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Assistant Professor - Computational Physical Chemistry

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Assistant Professor - Computational Physical Chemistry

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Open Date:
Oct 6, 2023

The Department of Chemistry at Clemson University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in computational physical chemistry. Candidates must possess a PhD degree in Chemistry or a related field. The candidate will be expected to teach physical chemistry courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, advise MS and PhD students, and develop a well-funded, high-impact research program in computational physical chemistry. The position is expected to be filled at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 15, 2024.

About the Department:
Take the next step in your career — join the Clemson chemistry family. Begin your journey to success with the College of Science Department of Chemistry. The department, among the oldest and largest on the campus, comprises approximately 40 tenured faculty and lecturers. The department’s vision is to be recognized among American universities as a program that responds to the educational, technological and economic needs of South Carolina, the Southeast and the nation.

The Department of Chemistry members are committed to advancing fundamental and applied science, to training future scientists to their fullest potential, and to providing the tools for students to compete in the global market. We offer cutting-edge opportunities in analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, as well as in a broad range of interdisciplinary areas such as materials, polymer, solid-state and computational chemistry. Our programs have applications in a wide range of fields, including energy, security, drug design and nanotechnology.

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A PhD degree in Chemistry or a related field is required. Candidates with a research background at the forefront of computational physical chemistry are encouraged to apply.

Examples of computational physical chemistry research areas include, but are not limited to, quantum chemistry, structure and dynamics of biomolecular complexes, and novel materials such as quantum materials.

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, applications should be submitted by November 30, 2023. Review will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should submit the following items via Interfolio at:

(1) Curriculum Vitae

(2) A description of proposed research

(3) Teaching philosophy

(4) Three confidential letters of reference

Specific questions about the position can be directed to the search committee chair, Prof. Jason McNeill,, or the Department Office Manager Ellen Sharpe,

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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