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Assistant / Associate Professor - Experimental High-Pressure Chemistry

Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
Posted Date
Oct 17, 2022
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The School of Molecular Sciences (SMS) at Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time faculty position in experimental  high-pressure research, with emphasis on the use of multi-anvil apparatus to do pioneering science applicable to materials, geological, and planetary questions that will connect to and support the goals of ASU’s Facility for Open Research in a Compressed Environment (FORCE). The anticipated start date is August 2023.


ASU and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives strive to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.


FORCE is a recently established national center and user facility, currently under construction, for high pressure research using new multi-anvil equipment unique to the USA. The new faculty member will advance both scientific and technical goals of FORCE and bring expertise in mutli-anvil high pressure research applied to chemical, physical, materials, and Earth and planetary science. FORCE, along with the Center for Materials of the Universe (MoTU) brings together people in many disciplines with two main goals: (1) to discover and understand, from a fundamental point of view, possible materials in the dazzling variety of planetary environments in our solar system and beyond, and (2) to discover and characterize new materials with applications to aerospace science and planetary exploration. Materials under extreme conditions, including high pressure, are a unifying theme of FORCE and MotU. Candidates should specifically address the relevance of their proposed research to FORCE and MoTU goals. You can learn more about FORCE here, and MoTU here


The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous externally-funded research program at ASU with significant national and international recognition, teach and mentor effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and participate in professional and university service.


Interdisciplinary work is expected, and the candidate should engage in experimental and/or theoretical collaborations across a variety of schools and departments (Molecular Sciences, Earth and Space Exploration, Physics, and Engineering), and should contribute to collaborative research proposals and publications.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in a field of science or engineering relevant to chemistry, physics, earth and planetary science, or engineering of materials by the time of appointment. Demonstrated commitment to serving the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities. Proficient record of research accomplishments commensurate with rank.



Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in high-pressure research using multi-anvil equipment Demonstrated knowledge of high-pressure research applied to various scientific disciplines Demonstrated collaborative orientation in and/or experience in interdisciplinary research commensurate with rank. Documented interest in and relevance of research to FORCE and MoTU objectives. Evidence of commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring commensurate with career stage. Post-doctoral experience. Demonstrated potential to establish a vigorous research program with national and international impact commensurate with rank.





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Required application materials are:


  1. Cover letter (single space, 1 page). Curriculum Vitae: Comprehensive curriculum vitae that includes a complete record of publications, patents, and other meaningful demonstrations of impact in the field. Research Plan: Concise outline of future research that demonstrates how the candidate's plans align with the goals of the Center for Materials of the Universe at ASU. Funding Opportunities: A detailed strategic plan for future identified research (single space, max 5 pages). Teaching Statement: Statement of teaching philosophy and interests (1-2 pages) Diversity Statement: A statement addressing how past or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence. References: Contact information for three references that may be requested at a later stage of the application and interview process.


The initial deadline for review of complete applications is November 19th 2022. If not filled, applications will continue to be reviewed weekly until the search is closed.



The School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University is an organization of more than 55 faculty members, 100 staff, and 1400 graduate and undergraduate students who work at the forefront of science and technology innovation and education. SMS influences and impacts broad university-wide initiatives in fundamental science, health, sustainability, energy, food-water-climate, security, materials, manufacturing, space exploration and other endeavors of advanced technology.


Arizona State University is a research-intensive university with outstanding research facilities and infrastructure support. Recently ranked #1 as the nation’s most innovative school, the university’s location within the large and fast-growing Phoenix region provides a rich context for applied research and community engagement around issues of molecular sciences. It is home to the Biodesign Institute ( and the Global Institute of Sustainability (, both of which have strong representation from SMS faculty. Diversity is a key component of excellence at ASU, and the School of Molecular Sciences supports the value of diversity among faculty, staff, and students. We invite you to learn more about the School of Molecular Sciences and Arizona State University by visiting and Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by viewing The School of Molecular has a close relationship with the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE). For more information about SESE, please visit For more information on The Center for Materials of the Universe, please visit


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