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Chemistry: Assistant Professor in General Chemistry

A probationary, tenure-track faculty position is available in the Department of Chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor in General Chemistry beginning August 25, 2014.

Responsibilities

  • Applicants will be expected to teach undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses in general chemistry as well as upper-division courses in the candidate's area of expertise.
  • The successful applicant is expected to develop a program of externally funded research; competitive start-up funds are available.
  • In addition to teaching and collaborating with undergraduate students in research, the successful applicant will provide academic advising to students as assigned, engage in service to the university and community, participate in department, college, and university committee work, and carry out other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate in chemistry or closely related field by October 21, 2013, is required, with preference given to those with teaching and research interests in the areas of analytical, inorganic, and computational chemistry.
  • A strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and the ability to establish a research program involving undergraduates is required.
  • Research interests complementing those of existing chemistry faculty and compatible with the existing infrastructure may be considered an asset.
  • The ability to bring diverse cultural and ethnic perspectives to the campus and to serve as a role model and mentor for students from underrepresented groups may be considered an asset.

 

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Chemistry at UW-Eau Claire has 17 full-time faculty members and is ACS-certified. The department has a mission of providing high quality undergraduate instruction in the chemical sciences through a combination of coursework and collaborative research. The Department of Chemistry emphasizes first-rate classroom teaching at all levels, along with undergraduate research activities that result in peer-reviewed presentations and publications.

The department maintains standard spectroscopy and chromatography resources, including FT-IR and UV-Vis spectrometers, GCs, and HPLCs. The department also has a TOF-LC/MS and a 400 MHz NMR with z-gradient broadband and inverse detection probes as well as solid-state capabilities. Individual research programs in chemistry are supported by a single-crystal X-ray diffractometer, differential scanning calorimeters, a jet-cooled laser spectroscopy system, optical cryostats, and a spectrofluorometer. In addition, instrumentation available through the university's materials science center includes TEM, SEM, STM, AFM, Raman microscope, XPS, XRF, powder XRD, and ICP/MS (with ppq detection limits). Current chemistry faculty recently secured $140k in internal funding to establish a computational cluster comprising 176 cores and 8 GPUs, which is designated to be used for research and teaching activities campus-wide. A smaller cluster comprising 64 cores is segregated for exclusive use by the Chemistry Department.

Tradition of Undergraduate Research at UW-Eau Claire
UW-Eau Claire is officially recognized within the University of Wisconsin System as the Center of Excellence in Faculty/Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration. UW-Eau Claire is also an institutional member of the Council on Undergraduate Research. UW-Eau Claire is nationally recognized as one of the premier Midwestern undergraduate colleges in the public and private Comprehensive University sector (U.S. News and World Report).  

The department was identified by Research Corporation as a national model for undergraduate research and received Research Corporation's first Department Development Grant. Current faculty members actively seek external support from major funding agencies. During the 2004-2012 period, total external funding awarded to the department exceeded $4.9 million to support undergraduate research. Between 2000 and 2012, UW-Eau Claire chemistry faculty published over 170 peer-reviewed papers or patents with more than 140 undergraduate student coauthors.

The fruits of this philosophy have been that about 60% of our students go on to graduate or professional schools, with more than 130 completing the Ph.D. since the inception of the chemistry major at UW-Eau Claire. The NSF CASPAR database of Baccalaureate Origins of Chemistry Ph.D.'s shows that for the 1985-2010 time interval, the chemistry department ranks at the 98th percentile of Comprehensive I and II (Master's)  and Baccalaureate I, II (liberal arts) institutions, putting our department on par in this regard with the nation's elite liberal arts colleges. The students in our program are regularly recruited into graduate programs at top-tier institutions, including MIT, Cornell, UC-Berkeley, UW-Madison, University of Michigan, and others.

Application Procedure


Materials required in a single file in PDF format:

  • Letter of application;
  • curriculum vita;
  • statement of research plans (3-5 pages);
  • statement of teaching interests and experience (1-2 pages);
  • graduate and undergraduate transcripts. (You should include copies of your unofficial transcripts in PDF format along with the rest of your application. Official copies of your transcripts will be required before a position offer is made.)
  • Finalists will be asked to provide letters of recommendation at a later date.


Applications are submitted electronically. Interested candidates should apply online at: UW-Eau Claire Careers. You must create an account and login before you can apply, unless you are currently employed in the UW-System, in which case, you can use your UW login. To register, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login." Click the link to the Department of Chemistry: Assistant Professor (Job ID# 9246) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically. Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.

Only applications submitted electronically and compiled as a single PDF document will be accepted. Submissions in other formats, including multiple PDF files instead of a single one, will not receive consideration. Receipt of complete application packages will be acknowledged by e-mail.

If you have application questions, please email the chair of the search committee at ChemFacSearch@uwec.edu.

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by the priority date of October 21, 2013. However, screening may continue until the position is filled.

Applicants may include links to online materials, which the search committee may consider at its discretion. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Inquiries about the search should be directed to the email address above. Applicants' names are subject to public release unless confidentiality has been requested in writing. Names of all finalists must be released. UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO employer dedicated to enhancing diversity.

A criminal background check will be required prior to employment.   

To learn more, visit the Web site:  www.uwec.edu/employment and the Chemistry Department website at http://www.uwec.edu/chemistry .


UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO employer dedicated to enhancing equity, diversity and inclusivity.

Posted 9/12/13

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