Assistant Professor in Chemistry

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
11 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
01 Nov 2016
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time

CSU is a land-grant institution with a strong commitment to research that impacts society and addresses global problems, while maintaining an emphasis on scholarly excellence. Research-active faculty members representing all major areas of chemistry comprise the Chemistry Department at CSU. The department has graduate programs in Analytical, Inorganic, Materials, Organic and Physical Chemistry, and Chemical Biology. Many opportunities for collaboration exist within the Chemistry faculty, across the College of Natural Sciences and across the University.

Position Summary

The Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University, located in Fort Collins, CO, seeks to hire at least one tenure-track faculty member; exceptional candidates from all areas of chemistry are encouraged to apply. We aim to fill the position(s) at the Assistant Professor level, but will consider exceptional candidates at the Associate Professor rank. Note: this is one of three ongoing junior-level searches in the Chemistry Department. See for more information.

Responsibilities: The appointed individual is expected to: 1) develop and maintain an internationally-recognized research program within the framework of her/his individual areas of interest and expertise and consistent with the goals and objectives of a university environment; 2) actively participate in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses as assigned by the department chair; 3) participate in service as deemed appropriate by the department chair, including department and university administrative governance and advising functions; 4) continue development of her/his own scholarly activities and professional capabilities; and 5) adhere to the responsibilities of the general faculty as delineated by the University’s Academic Faculty and Administrative Professional Manual

Required Job Qualifications

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and be capable of truly outstanding teaching, research, and scholarship.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Postdoctoral experience is highly desirable.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Complete applications must include a detailed CV, along with descriptions of research plans and teaching interests. Files of semifinalists, including reference letters, will be available to all Chemistry Department regular faculty.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Search Contact Prof. Matthew Shores, Chair of the Open-Area Faculty Search Committee, Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching/Advising/Mentoring

The Faculty member will participate in the undergraduate and graduate classroom curriculum as assigned in collaboration with the Department Chair and Associate Chair in charge of class scheduling. In the Department of Chemistry, a full teaching load is the equivalent of two courses (2-3 credits each) per academic year with some variations based on course demand and need within the Department. In addition, the Faculty is expected to contribute to the education of undergraduate and graduate students via research mentoring. Specific research-related teaching activities include meeting with students in one-on-one and group settings and critiquing written and verbal communication, as well as other teaching and mentoring activities related to student research.

Percentage Of Time 50

Job Duty Category Research/Scholarly Activity

The Faculty member is expected to establish a nationally and internationally recognized research group in chemistry, broadly defined. As part of this effort, the Faculty will establish a strong track record of extramural funding from governmental and/or non-governmental sources. In addition, there is an expectation for publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts in the appropriate scientific literature. Finally, the Faculty candidate will develop and maintain a research group in order to carry out these activities.

Percentage Of Time 40

Job Duty Category University & Professional Service/Outreach

The Faculty member will commit a portion of their time to service activities within the Department and University as well as to the broader local and/or scientific community with which they are aligned. Committee assignments within the department are made by the Chair in consultation with the Executive Committee.

Percentage Of Time 10
References Requested

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please describe your PhD: Discipline, Year Received and Institution

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Which term below best describes your primary proposed research area?
    • Analytical
    • Chemical Biology
    • Inorganic
    • Materials
    • Organic
    • Physical
  3. * Please provide a one sentence summary of your proposed research (200 character limit).

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Statement of Research Philosophy
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Optional Documents

  1. Cover Letter