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Department Chair – Chemistry

Job Number: 01638

The C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University seeks a strong leader to serve as Department Chair in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. The College has invested heavily in the hiring of new faculty in Chemistry, and is looking for a Chair to lead this successful department to greater national prominence. This is a tenured faculty position at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor, depending on background and experience of the applicant.

The Department Chair is part of the leadership team of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. The Chair will be expected to promote principles of shared faculty governance, foster a transparent culture that values and seeks input from all stakeholders, and facilitate professional development of faculty, students, and staff and guide the department to increased research activity and competitiveness. The Chair will provide responsible and professional leadership in managing the day-to-day operational needs of the department, including fiscal management, hiring and supervision of staff, evaluating faculty, and allocating facilities and equipment for teaching, research, and service activities.

The Department of Chemistry consists of 21 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 9 teaching faculty, 13 staff members, and about 70 graduate students. The department is divided into four divisions representing the traditionally defined fields of chemistry: Organic, Inorganic, Analytical, and Physical. Current department research interests include mass spectrometric characterization of proteins and peptides, supramolecular systems, micro-fluidics, fuel cells, synthesis of novel organic and inorganic molecules, catalysis, medicinal chemistry, formation and manipulation of nanostructures, toxicology, disease related protein aggregation, separations, heavy metals in the environment, chaotic systems, nonlinear systems, surface characterization, chemical education, and forensic science.

WVU is a comprehensive land grant research institution located within 1 hour of Pittsburgh and 3 1/2 hours of the Washington/Baltimore area. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, affordable housing, and a supportive environment to develop a visible and productive career. The Department website http://chemistry.wvu.edu/ contains further information regarding research and the undergraduate and graduate programs. We welcome the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners.

Qualifications include a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in chemistry or a relevant related field; evidence of successful administrative leadership; knowledge of research and educational trends in the discipline of chemistry; ability to work collaboratively in a diverse environment with a range of students, faculty, administrators, and external constituents; ability to manage budgets and establish fiscal priorities; strong written and oral communication skills; and an established record of successful teaching and externally funded research that will merit a grant of tenure at WVU.

To apply for this position, visit http://jobs.wvu.edu, navigate to the position title listed above, and submit (as a single PDF document) (a) a letter of application outlining your administrative experience and interest in this leadership position, your approach to managing your leadership role relative to research and teaching, and your philosophy of graduate and undergraduate education; (b) curriculum vitae: and© contact information for at least three references who may speak to your skills in leadership and management. Applications will be processed until the position is filled but those received by February 15, 2016 will receive priority consideration. Preferred start date of July 1, 2016 is negotiable. For further information, contact Associate Dean Tracy.Morris@mail.wvu.edu.

WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR POSITION IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

The C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2016. The Department seeks applicants committed to the development of an independent research program in Analytical Chemistry that strengthens existing environmental and bioanalytical research efforts in the Department and University. The new faculty member’s research should connect with the University’s investment in strategic “Mountains of Excellence” areas such as stewardship of water resources and addressing health disparities in Appalachia. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in chemistry, biochemistry, or a closely related field. At least one year of postdoctoral research experience is required. Applicants should be committed to excellence in teaching with the ability to teach proficiently in any of the current areas of Analytical Chemistry at both the undergraduate (Quantitative Analytical & Instrumental Analysis) and the graduate level. Excellence in teaching, the development of a vigorous and externally funded research program, and collaboration in research with faculty at the University will be expected. The WVU Chemistry Department consists of 22 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 8 teaching faculty, and 70 graduate students. The department has four divisions representing the traditionally defined areas of chemistry: Analytical, Inorganic, Organic and Physical. Current research interests include structural characterization of proteins and peptides, microfluidics, fuel cells, chemical separations, synthesis of novel inorganic and organic molecules and systems, chemical reactivity and catalysis, toxicology, disease-related protein aggregation, heavy metals in the environment, chaotic and nonlinear systems, surface characterization, chemical education and class room technology, computational biochemistry, forensic science and molecular spectroscopy. WVU is a Research-High Activity university located within 1 hours of Pittsburgh and 3 hours of the Washington/Baltimore area and was recently named one of the top 20 places to work in academia by the Scientist magazine. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, affordable housing, and a supportive environment to develop a visible and productive career. The Department website http://chemistry.wvu.edu contains further information regarding research and undergraduate and graduate programs. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a description of specific research plans, a detailed start-up budget, and a statement of teaching philosophy, and should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent. All application materials should be submitted electronically to: ChemistryFacultyApplications@mail.wvu.edu. Please direct inquiries to the Search Committee Chair at Harry.Finklea@mail.wvu.edu. Review of completed applications will begin on November 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. WVU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The university is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Assistant Professor – Organic Chemistry (Job Number 00677)

The C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position in organic chemistry beginning August 16, 2016. The Department seeks applicants with an interest in developing an independent research program in organic chemistry or related areas. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or medicinal chemistry. Postdoctoral research experience is desirable. The successful candidate is expected to excel in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a traditional area of chemistry and to develop a vigorous and externally funded research program. The WVU Chemistry Department consists of 21 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 9 teaching faculty, and about 70 graduate students. The department is divided into four divisions representing the traditionally defined fields of chemistry: Organic, Inorganic, Analytical, and Physical. Current department research interests include structural characterization of proteins and peptides, supramolecular systems, micro-fluidics, fuel cells, synthesis of novel organic and inorganic molecules, catalysis, medicinal chemistry, formation and manipulation of nanostructures, toxicology, disease related protein aggregation, separations, heavy metals in the environment, chaotic systems, nonlinear systems, surface characterization, chemical education and classroom technology, and forensic science. WVU is a Research-High Activity university located within 1 hour of Pittsburgh and 3 1/2 hours of the Washington/Baltimore area. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, affordable housing, and a supportive environment to develop a visible and productive career. The Department website http://chemistry.wvu.edu/ contains further information regarding research, undergraduate, and graduate programs. We welcome the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners. Applicants must apply online at.jobs.wvu.edu. Applicants must upload a cover letter, a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, a succinct outline of research plans, a budget, and a one page teaching statement. In addition, three reference letters are required and should be sent directly to organicfacultysearch@mail.wvu.edu. Please direct inquiries to the Search Committee Chair at bjorn.soderberg@mail.wvu.edu. Review of completed applications will begin on November 2, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


Teaching Assistant Professor – General Chemistry (Job Number 00846)

The C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University (WVU) invites applications for a Teaching Assistant Professor position, beginning August 16, 2016. Successful applicants will participate, primarily, in teaching and development of the general and preparatory chemistry programs. Teaching Assistant Professors at WVU are eligible for promotion; however, promotion to senior ranks is not a requirement for institutional commitment and career stability. This position is a nine-month renewable appointment (no maximum number of terms) and includes full benefits. There is potential for summer teaching at additional compensation. The teaching faculty members in the Department of Chemistry form a tight-knit cohesive and collegial community of scholars who work together to improve the teaching of general and organic chemistry at WVU. A doctoral degree in chemistry or chemical education is required. Applicants must have a student-centered orientation, an interest in course development, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills (i.e., ability to work cooperatively). Applicants must be committed to active learning approaches and to using instructional and web-based technologies. Potential for and commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level is required. The WVU Chemistry Department consists of 21 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 9 teaching faculty, and about 70 graduate students. The department is divided into four divisions representing the traditionally defined fields of chemistry: Organic, Inorganic, Analytical, and Physical. Current department research interests include structural characterization of proteins and peptides, supramolecular systems, micro-fluidics, fuel cells, synthesis of novel organic and inorganic molecules, catalysis, medicinal chemistry, formation and manipulation of nanostructures, toxicology, disease related protein aggregation, separations, heavy metals in the environment, chaotic systems, nonlinear systems, surface characterization, chemical education and classroom technology, and forensic science. WVU is a Research-High Activity university located within 1 hour of Pittsburgh and 3 1/2 hours of the Washington/Baltimore area. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, affordable housing, and a supportive environment to develop a visible and productive career. The Department website http://chemistry.wvu.edu/ contains further information regarding research, undergraduate, and graduate programs. We welcome the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners. To apply for this position, interested candidates should visit jobs.wvu.edu and navigate to the position title listed above. Upload a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and description of teaching philosophy. In addition, three reference letters addressing teaching capability are required to be sent directly to chemteachingsearch@mail.wvu.edu. Please direct inquiries to the Search Committee Chair at betsy.ratcliff@mail.wvu.edu. Review of completed applications will begin on November 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

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