Assistant Professor of Experimental Physical Chemistry

Texas, United States
Competitive Salary
Sep 15, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Chemistry invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Experimental Physical Chemistry, tenure track, beginning Fall 2021. Ph.D. required, post-doctoral experience and/or previous teaching experience highly desirable. Applicants should have a strong commitment to teaching; responsibilities will typically include two lecture sections and two lab sections per semester from the following: two semesters of Physical Chemistry, General Chemistry I & II, and college-wide programs including a first-year seminar and courses for non-science majors.

The Chemistry Department at Austin College is ACS-certified and confers the highest percentage of degrees in chemistry of all ACS-certified programs in Texas.  Austin College is a national selective undergraduate institution with an ACS certified Chemistry Department of 8 faculty, as well as a lab manager/safety officer, a lab coordinator/instructor, and an instrumentation technician shared with the rest of the science division.  The Chemistry Department also has a long tradition of research with undergraduate students.  The physical chemistry hire will be expected to develop an experimental research program that is accessible to undergraduates and will enrich the department’s strong undergraduate research tradition. Austin College is an institutional CUR (Council on Undergraduate Research) member. Departmental activities include a summer research program that is supported by a Welch Foundation departmental grant and other external granting agencies, a fall and spring seminar series, and an ACS student organization. 

In 2013 the department moved into the IDEA Center: a new three-story science facility including 16 classrooms, 32 advanced laboratory-classrooms, a 108-seat auditorium, and an observatory. The IDEA Center houses the departments of biology, chemistry, computer science and mathematics, and physics. Interdisciplinary programs in Environmental Studies and Public Health are also housed in the IDEA Center.

Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives.

Candidates should include: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of graduate transcripts, a 2-page statement of teaching philosophy, a 2-3 page description of experimental research interests and how it relates to undergraduates, and a one-page Diversity and Inclusion Statement indicating
how your teaching, scholarship, and/or service will support a diverse
student body, in one PDF document. Submit materials via email to Candidates should also request three letters of reference to be submitted to the same email address with candidate's name in the subject line. We also accept hard copies mailed to Dr. Elizabeth Gill, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Austin College, 900 N. Grand Ave., Suite 6D, Sherman, TX 75090-4400. Review of applications begins Oct 12 and continues until position is filled.

Austin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, and welcomes all applicants. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Candidates must be legally authorized to work without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status). 

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