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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 2015. The position is funded at the rank of Assistant Professor but, pending the availability of funding, the appointment could be made at the rank of Associate Professor, and therefore applications from both junior and relatively senior candidates are welcome. 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. degree in chemistry or biochemistry. A year of postdoctoral research experience is highly desirable. 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 23 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 8 teaching faculty, and 80 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, 2014 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.

TEACHING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR POSITION

The C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University (WVU) invites applications for a Teaching Assistant Professor position, beginning August 16, 2015. Successful applicants will participate, primarily, in teaching and development of the general and preparatory chemistry programs. This position is a nine-month appointment and includes full benefits. There is potential for summer teaching at additional compensation. Teaching Assistant Professors at WVU are eligible for promotion; however, promotion to senior ranks is not a requirement for institutional commitment and career stability in a Teaching Faculty appointment. Appointments are renewable term appointments, with provision for up to three-year terms for successful teaching faculty. There is no maximum number of terms. 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 freshmen and organic chemistry at West Virginia University.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree in chemistry or chemical education. Applicants must be committed to using instructional and web-based technologies, have a student-centered orientation and an interest in course development, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills (i.e., ability to work cooperatively), and be willing to use active learning approaches. Teaching experience is desirable. Potential for and commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level is required. Offer of employment is contingent upon ability to provide satisfactory documentation at time of application verifying eligibility to work for West Virginia University in the above-mentioned position.

The WVU Chemistry Department consists of 21 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 7 teaching faculty, and 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, 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 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, undergraduate, and graduate programs.

Applicants must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, description of teaching philosophy, and arrange for three letters of recommendation (addressing the applicant’s teaching capability) to be sent to the search committee. Include teaching evaluations, as available. Application materials should be sent via email with attached documents to Chem-Teach-Search2014@mail.wvu.edu. Review of completed applications will continue until the position is filled, with priority given to applications received by January 2, 2015. West Virginia University has an active NSF ADVANCE gender equity program, and is committed to an inclusive campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers. 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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