Postdoctoral Faculty, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

San Diego
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08 Dec 2022
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07 Jan 2023
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Postdoctoral Faculty, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Department Description:
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of San Diego is a dynamic, student-centric department focused on the teacher-scholar model. As a department, students are engaged in the classroom and in the research lab. The department is nationally recognized as a national leader among Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions (PUI). The department has hosted numerous post-doctoral research associates over the past 15 years, most of which have sought and obtained faculty positions at other PUI’s. These postdoctoral positions include a small course load, mentoring students in undergraduate research, and high-level research in chemistry.

The College of Arts and Sciences is at the heart of the University of San Diego. Our philosophy is built on the enduring values of the Catholic intellectual tradition, immersing students in the concepts of free inquiry, diversity and inclusion, ethical conduct and compassionate service. The College aims to establish an academic foundation for students to thrive and gain a comprehensive education, which spans the sciences, arts and social sciences. Through our exemplary liberal arts education and rigorous scholarship, we aspire to not only educate the mind but also develop the whole person

Detailed Description:
Dr. Timothy Clark in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of San Diego is seeking a post-doctoral faculty member under the teacher-scholar model. The position is funded by the National Science Foundation with financial commitment from the University of San Diego. The postdoctoral faculty member will teach one course per semester (two courses per academic year), mentor undergraduate researchers in Professor Clark's research group, and do research in organic/organometallic chemistry. The post-doc will be mentored in teaching and research by Professor Clark and will be engaged in the development of research projects, manuscripts for publication, and external presentations. Funds are available for professional development and travel and the post-doc will be encouraged to engage in professional development both at the University and through external opportunities.

Essential Duties
  • Teach one course per semester
  • Conduct research funded by Professor Clark's NSF grant
  • Mentor and train undergraduate students engaged in independent research
  • Meet with research collaborators both at and beyond USD

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Job Requirements:
The postdoc should have research expertise in organic/organometallic chemistry, the ability to teach courses in organic and/or general chemistry, and a demonstrated interest in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds.

Basic qualifications:
  • PhD in organic chemistry or a relevant field (must be completed by the end of summer 2023, before starting the position)
  • Lab research experience in synthetic organic or organometallic chemistry
  • Ability to provide dynamic teaching and appropriate mentoring for diverse students

  • Posting Salary:
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    $60,000 (11-Month Appointment); Excellent Benefits

    The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

    Special Application Instructions
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    For full consideration, all application materials must be received by January 16, 2023.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter - (2 page max.): explaining why you are interested in this position and what makes you a good candidate for it
  • Statement of teaching philosophy, including a statement about your experience teaching and mentoring students from communities that have historically been underrepresented
  • Summary of research accomplishments including goals for the next two years
  • Contact information for at least 3 references. Letters will be requested upon submission of your application.

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    Additional Details:
    The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

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