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Assistant / Associate / Full Professor – Polymer Chemistry

Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
Posted Date
Oct 17, 2022
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Assistant / Associate / Full Professor Polymer Chemistry – Job #105105


Arizona State University, School of Molecular Sciences, Center for Sustainable Macromolecular Materials and Manufacturing at the Biodesign Institute




The School of Molecular Sciences (SMS) at Arizona State University, invites applications for a full‐time faculty position (open rank – Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) in the broad field of polymer chemistry that will connect to and support the goals of the recently launched ASU Center for Sustainable Macromolecular Materials and Manufacturing (SM3) at the Biodesign Institute




Anticipated start date is August 16, 2023. This is an academic year (9 months), benefits‐eligible, tenure-track or tenured position.




Candidates working in macromolecular and supramolecular science are invited to apply, including synthetic polymer chemistry, physical polymer chemistry, polymerization catalysis, bio-inspired macromolecular design, green chemistry, and enabling structure-property-processing relationships for tailored macromolecular structure.




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




Job Description:


The Biodesign Center for Sustainable Macromolecular Materials and Manufacturing (SM3) integrates concepts of green chemistry and sustainable engineering practices across the continuum of macromolecular materials innovation to provide the products that are necessary for a sustainable life. SM3 embraces a “molecules to manufacturing to marketplace” paradigm to catalyze innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit. SM3 is focused on interdisciplinary innovation, asking researchers to integrate the molecular structure with advanced physical property measurements while concurrently designing a sustainable manufacturing process. It is the concurrent design of molecular structure and translational processes with broader impacts that percolates across the Center. Our faculty strive to establish a “culture of sustainability” in which the circularity of technology is considered at each step in the discovery process. This culture nucleates creativity and demands more from our researchers than ever before. As core SM3 faculty members, the appointee will join our collaborative team during an exciting period as we grow into a supportive, multidisciplinary, and dynamic environment that promotes innovative research, education, and service initiatives. For additional information regarding the SM3 mission and our shared analytical facility that offers a wide range of polymer characterization instrumentation, visit: 




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.




Minimum Qualifications:


  • Doctorate in a field of science or engineering relevant to synthetic or physical chemistry or macromolecular materials science and engineering 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:


  • Demonstrated collaborative orientation in and/or experience in interdisciplinary research Expertise in emerging areas of polymer science and engineering. Evidence of commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring Post-doctoral experience or prior faculty appointment Demonstrated potential to establish a vigorous research program with national and international impact commensurate with rank





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Materials that you will be required to submit 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 on the field. Research Plan: Concise technical description (single space, max 5 pages, excluding references)

of future research plans that demonstrate relevance to the interdisciplinary goals of SM3.


Funding Opportunities: Identification of relevant funding agencies with specific programs and a detailed strategic plan to address emerging research priorities at the national level (single space, max 1 page). Teaching Statement: Statement of teaching philosophy, specific teaching interests, and a vision for interdisciplinary and innovative teaching practices (single space, max 3 pages, excluding references) Diversity Statement: A statement addressing how past or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence (single space, max 2 pages, excluding references). References: Contact information for three references that may be requested at a later stage of the application and interview process.  


Initial deadline for review of complete applications is November 21 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.




ASU is located on four campuses and two research parks within the Phoenix metropolitan area and is one of the largest universities in the U.S. SMS is located on the Tempe campus. ASU is ranked within the top 100 research universities in the world, consistently being recognized as the most innovative university in the country. 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.




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. 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






A background check is required for employment.


ASU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Women and members of PEER (Persons Excluded due to Ethnicity or Race) groups are encouraged to apply.


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