Materials Sciences: Assistant Professor

The Materials Science Program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire invites applications for a probationary tenure-track faculty position in Materials Science at the Assistant Professor level (higher rank may be considered for candidates with extensive experience). The position will start August 19, 2013. In addition to serving the needs and interests of a new Materials Science Program this position may also teach in another science department depending on qualifications.


  • Instructional responsibilities typically include one lower division course (with labs) and one upper division course each semester. Teaching responsibilities will include materials science and introductory-level science courses, depending on background.
  • Faculty are expected to establish and maintain research programs involving undergraduate students.
  • Advising responsibilities will include advising students in a materials science major.
  • Faculty are expected to provide service through committee work and outreach activities.


  • A PhD in Biomaterials, Materials Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or a closely related science or engineering discipline is required.
  • A strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and the ability to establish a research program involving undergraduates is required.
  • Research interest in biology-inspired materials (e.g., biomolecular materials or biomimetics other than tissue engineering) is required.
  • A research program that benefits from the Materials Science Center (described below) may be considered an asset.
  • Research programs that require an Engineering or Medical College would need off-campus support, arranged by the faculty person.
  • The ability to bring diverse cultural and ethnic experiences and perspectives to the campus and to serve as a role model and mentor for women and/or minorities may be considered an asset.

The Materials Science Program:

The Materials Science Program is a new interdisciplinary program that has grown out of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Chemistry. The program graduates 5-10 majors per year. The program currently is composed of 5 faculty and two analytical scientists. The program strives to provide quality undergraduate education to students with a variety of educational goals.

Materials Science Center:

The mission of the Materials Science Center is to advance the production and dissemination of scholarly research in the field of materials science, to promote interactions among faculty researchers with local industries and the community, provide research experiences for undergraduate collaborators to enhance their education, and facilitate collaborations between faculty in various science disciplines. The Materials Science Center has a large array of materials characterization instrumentation, including a 200 keV TEM, SEM, AFM, XPS, XRF, FTIR, XRD, HR-ICPMS, SAN, TGA, DSC, fluorimeter, Raman spectrometer, nanoindenter, tensile tester and metallurgical lab.  Additions to the instrumentation capabilities are expected.

Application Procedure

To apply, submit the following in pdf format (preferably in a single pdf format file):

  • A letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching interests and experience
  • Statement of research plans that includes the involvement of undergraduate students
  • Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application but official copies will be required before the position is offered).
  • Applicants will also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly from the recommender to

Apply online at 
Click on the link to the Materials Science Assistant Professor position, and then click the "Apply Now" button. Instructions are available under the Apply Online FAQs link. You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, 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." Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.

If you have application questions, contact the Search Committee at

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by January 14, 2013. However, screening may continue until the position is filled.

A criminal background check will be required prior to employment.

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

Posted 12/7/2012