Assistant/Associate Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
22 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
20 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Chemical and Biological Engineering program at CSU has had a record of very high-quality education and research since its inception in 1977. There are currently 450 undergraduate and 32 full time graduate students in the program, 13 tenure-track faculty, and two full time Professors of Practice. All of the faculty hold at least one joint appointment in departments or schools inside and outside the college, and in that capacity, advise an additional 18 PhD students in chemistry, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, molecular, cellular, and integrative neuroscience, and materials science and engineering. The Department has integrated both chemical and biological sciences into our undergraduate curriculum and offers one of the only ABET-accredited Chemical and Biological Engineering BS degrees in the country. Our faculty are engaged in exciting research work, with emphases on bioenergy, biochemical and biomedical engineering, experimental and computational systems biology, synthetic biology and metabolic engineering, bioanalytical devices and microfluidics, polymer science, and biomaterials. Further information is available by contacting the search committee

Colorado State University ( is a public, land-grant University, encompassing 57 academic departments in 8 colleges, housing more than 72 majors and 105 graduate degree programs. In addition, the University has established numerous interdisciplinary programs, including the School of Biomedical Engineering, the School of Advanced Materials Discovery, and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Total resident enrollment is approximately 28,500, with 4,000 graduate students. The graduate enrollment in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering is approximately 740. Research expenditures at the University in 2015-16 totaled over $330 million. The University is located in Fort Collins, a friendly city of 170,000 located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of approximately 1500 m. Fort Collins was named one of six national “Places of Innovation” by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and Colorado State University was designated by the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University for its impact on economic development. Fort Collins is consistently ranked among the “Best Places to Live” in the U.S. by Forbes, Buzzfeed,, and other sources, with an excellent public school system, an impressive selection of restaurants and quality fine arts programs, and the resources of Denver approximately an hour drive away. The campus is also an hour drive from Rocky Mountain National Park and has ready access to thousands of square miles of forest and mountains with exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities. Numerous national and internationally renowned ski resorts in Colorado are also readily accessible from Fort Collins.

Position Summary

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Colorado State University seeks applications and nominations for a tenure-track chemical and biological engineering faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level. The successful candidate will develop, or will have developed, a well-funded research program and actively participate in education and scholarship activities. This search is focused on applicants with interests and expertise in microbiome engineering applied to human, animal, plant or soil biology or environmental systems. Microbiome engineering is an emerging field that aims to move beyond characterization of microbiomes, to manipulate, recombine, and control the collective properties, behaviors, and functions of interdependent microbial communities (i.e., viruses, bacteria, archaea, and microbial eukaryotes, including fungi).

This position is part of a University-wide microbiome cluster hire of faculty focused on the functional and structural aspects of microbiomes, and their ecological relevance and applications to human, animal, plant and soil biology and environmental systems. Faculty hired in this cluster will complement and extend ongoing microbiome research in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, the Warner College of Natural Resources, and the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Health and Human Sciences, and Natural Sciences. The candidate hired for this position will be expected to collaborate with other microbiome researchers across campus to enhance interdisciplinary microbiome research.

Required Job Qualifications

A Ph.D. or equivalent (expected by March 31, 2018) in chemical or biological engineering, or related field, is required.

Preferred Job Qualifications

The successful candidate will develop, or will have developed, a well-funded research program and actively participate in education and scholarship activities.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of accomplishments in systems and/or synthetic biology, commensurate with rank.

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a cover letter which addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, a CV, a statement of research interest, a statement of teaching interest and the names and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Electronic submission of application materials at this website is required. Review of applications will begin November 20, 2017 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 2018.

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.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.