Assistant Professor - Chemistry (Energy)

University of Texas at El Paso
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 21, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

University of Texas at El Paso


Job Title:                    Assistant Professor – Chemistry (Energy)

Department:            Chemistry & Biochemistry


About The University of Texas at El Paso:

UTEP, a member of the University of Texas System, is a Hispanic Serving Institution that enrolls more than 25,000 students and is designated an R1 university (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UTEP serves its primary constituency with167 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in 10 colleges and schools. With an 80% Hispanic student population, UTEP proudly reflects the demographic composition of the bi-national region from which it draws the vast majority of its students. Eighty-three percent of students are from El Paso County. UTEP is the top university in the continental United States for graduating Hispanic students who go on to earn doctoral degrees in STEM fields. It also is recognized as one of the top universities in the U.S. for the number of Hispanic graduates in biomedical sciences. UTEP employs more than 4,000 people (faculty, staff and students). The university maintains an operating budget of $450 million. Its rapidly growing research portfolio in the sciences, engineering, health-related fields, and other areas has over $100 million in total annual research expenditures. UTEP receives funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities and other agencies. The University is ranked among the top 5% of colleges and universities in research and fifth in Texas for federal research expenditures at public universities, after UT Austin, Texas A&M, the University of Houston and The University of Texas at Dallas. For more information about UTEP, please visit our website


El Paso is a highly livable, bicultural community of 800,000 people, which offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It is the safest large city in the United States. Sheltered by mountains on three sides, El Paso experiences more than 300 days of sunshine annually, and residents enjoy outdoor activities year-round. The city of El Paso is adjacent to both the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it the nation's leading area for cultural diversity and border health research. El Paso is the sixth largest city in Texas and 19th largest city in the United States.


El Paso's active arts and culture community features the state's longest running symphony orchestra, a nationally recognized chamber music festival, art galleries, museums, and a full schedule of seasonal events and festivals. UTEP adds to the arts and entertainment scene with an award-winning dinner theater, music and dance productions, contemporary and student art galleries, and a natural history museum.


For sports fans, the UTEP Miners offer exciting Division I college athletics at several campus venues: Sun Bowl Stadium, the Don Haskins Center, Kidd Field, University Field and the Helen of Troy Softball Complex. Southwest University Park, located a mile away in lively downtown El Paso, is home to the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. The El Paso Locomotive, a professional soccer team, was founded in 2019. For additional information about UTEP, please visit



The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is a vibrant department housed in a state of the art building completed in 2011, with all the major instrumentation needed to uphold its very high research activity reputation. The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in both chemistry and biochemistry that are certified by the American Chemical Society. It also offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. These degrees are designed to be consistent with the student's professional goals, which include chemical or biochemical research in an industrial (agriculture, petroleum, pharmaceutical, plastics, etc.), academic, or national laboratory setting, as well as non-traditional STEM careers. The department serves over 3,000 students per semester from multiple majors across the colleges of science, engineering and health sciences. There are currently over 300 students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry, and the majority of them engage in undergraduate research.


Job Description:


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Science at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is seeking applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor faculty position in the broad scope of Energy, in any chemistry subdivision. We seek a candidate with the potential to expand research activities in the Department and College, the ability to engage in collaborative approaches to energy related questions, and the interest to interact within any or all of the common chemistry subdivisions including: Organic, Inorganic, Physical, and Analytical. The successful candidate will be expected (1) to build an excellent research program, and attract external funding to build it and sustain it; (2) to have a commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels; (3) to mentor, teach and direct students research from the undergraduate to postdoctoral levels; and (4) to engage in outreach and service activities. Anticipated appointment date is September 1, 2021.




An earned doctorate in chemistry or biochemistry in any subdivision with a related emphasis in Energy. A strong record of research accomplishments (e.g. a strong publication record). Postdoctoral experience is preferred. Applicants are expected to have the ability to obtain external funding, and direct independent and collaborative research.


Additional Information:

Hiring decisions are based upon budget approval.


In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee's or prospective employee's right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972.


For accommodation information for employees and applicants with disabilities, please contact UTEP's Equal Opportunity Office at


Application Instructions:


Only electronic submissions will be accepted. To assure full consideration, please submit an application that includes:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Research plan
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy and interests
  5. Complete contact information for three professional references


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For further questions about the position, contact Dino Villagran, Search Committee Chair at



UTEP is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Interested candidates may apply by visiting