Grand Challenges Initiative Teaching and Research Fellows, Summer 2021

California, United States
Competitive Salary
Jan 14, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
General Information The Schmid College of Science and Technology and Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School of Engineering at Chapman University invite applications for their groundbreaking postdoctoral teaching and research fellows program. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman can be found at 

Appointments will begin in late summer 2021 for one year with up to two-years of extension contingent on performance. Fellows are outstanding early-career scientists who provide innovative teaching and mentorship to undergraduate students in our Grand Challenges Initiative (, as well as advance independent research in collaboration with a member of the faculty.

Chapman University is a nationally ranked institution offering traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and vibrant regions. The university achieved R2 status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a distinction held by just 10 percent of all U.S. universities. Our faculty include academic leaders who excel in research, publishing and world-class teaching in our 11 schools and colleges, including Schmid College of Science and Technology. Schmid College of Science and Technology embodies Chapman’s mission of providing students with personalized educational experiences by fostering an outstanding community of teacher-scholars across a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs. Schmid College’s new 140,000 ft2 home, the Keck Center for Science and Engineering, features state-of-the-art laboratories, teaching spaces, and student collaboration areas. Science and engineering programs at Chapman are growing rapidly and are now housed in the brand new Keck Center for Science and Engineering. More information about the Keck Center is available here: and additional information about Schmid College of Science and Technology can be found at


Postdoctoral Fellows must hold a Ph.D. or an equivalent of a doctoral degree by the beginning of employment at Chapman University. The doctorate or equivalent must have been awarded within the last five years and candidate must not have exceeded five years of prior postdoctoral experience.



Fellows are responsible for teaching foundational coursework on critical thinking, problem solving, communication and teamwork in science and engineering, particularly with respect to mentoring first and second-year student teams applying critical thinking to solving problems of global importance. These problems range from removing plastics from the ocean to designing low-cost and open-source hardware capable of predicting critical medical conditions.

The Grand Challenges Initiative has a new maker space dedicated to helping students turn their ideas into reality.

In parallel, fellows develop their own independent research in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Fellows have full access to our new research facilities and receive significant support in growing their research, project management, and grant writing skills. Approximately 70% of time is dedicated to research and 30% to teaching.


Contact Information Candidates should submit the following electronically via Academic Jobs Online: 

• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Teaching statement (including knowledge and experience creating an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all students)
• Research statement
• Names and contact information for three references

In the cover letter, the applicant should discuss their personal motivations and goals as they pertain to serving as a teacher and mentor in the Grand Challenges Initiative. The applicant must identify and name a prospective faculty mentor who holds a primary appointment in Schmid College or the Fowler School of Engineering and briefly describe the topic of a conceptual, synthesis, or review paper that they would author in collaboration with their mentor. We invite candidates from the fields of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental science and policy, math, physics, food science, computational science, computer science, data analytics, electrical engineering, and computer engineering.

Questions can be addressed to the program director, Dr. Greg Goldsmith:

File review will commence on February 22, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Fellows are offered a competitive annual salary, benefits, annual research support and personalized professional development in teaching and research. Successful completion of a background check is required for the final candidate. This position is subject to final budget approval.


Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

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