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Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry (Environmental Chemistry)

Oberlin College
Oberlin, Ohio
Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications
Start date
Aug 8, 2023

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Expertise should be in the area of environmental chemistry. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four years, beginning in the fall semester 2024, and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor.

Oberlin College is a national leader among liberal arts colleges in successfully placing graduates into PhD programs and was one of the first undergraduate colleges to receive the HHMI Inclusive Excellence Award. Through this program, Oberlin aims to advance its historic role in inclusion by enhancing the climate for and success of a diverse population in STEM. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has about 25 majors in each graduating class. Faculty members teach at all levels of the curriculum and are active in original research that provides opportunities for undergraduate participation. Housed in the Science Center, the department is well equipped for teaching and research. Instrumentation includes 400-MHz and 600-MHz multinuclear FT-NMR spectrometers, chromatographic (GC-ECD/FID, GC-MS, LC-MS), and biochemical instrumentation, X-ray powder diffractometer, SEM, thermal analysis (TGA/DTA, DSC, bomb calorimetry), FT-IR, atomic absorption, fluorescence and UV-Vis-NIR spectrometers and plate readers, as well as a supercomputer cluster with computational chemistry software. Additional information about the department can be found on the departmental web site at:

The incumbent will teach the standard teaching load (4.5 courses per year) including environmental chemistry courses at all levels, analytical chemistry, and introductory chemistry.
The incumbent will also be expected to engage in sustained scholarly research and/or other creative work appropriate to the position and participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including academic advising and service on committees.
Through the incumbent’s teaching of analytical chemistry and their specific research program, they will be an expert user of many of our communal department instruments. All members of the department share responsibility in maintaining instrumentation.


Among the qualifications required for appointment is the PhD degree (in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2024-25). Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Oberlin College is committed to student and faculty diversity, equity and inclusion. The incumbent will bring understanding of or experience working with underrepresented and diverse academic populations. Oberlin is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service. Oberlin recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran’s status, and/or other protected status as required by applicable law.

A complete application will comprise: 1) a Cover Letter describing your teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and service, detailing any connections to supporting an inclusive learning environment; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts; 4) a statement (or statements) on your teaching philosophy and expertise in diversity and equity; 5) research plans, including how you will incorporate undergraduate students into your research program; and 6) Letters of Reference from three recommenders.

*By providing three letters of reference, you agree that we may contact your letter writers.
Review of applications will begin on September 11, 2023,and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the September 11 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.

Questions about the position can be addressed to: or Catherine Oertel, Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry, at 440-775-8989.

* All application materials must be submitted electronically through Oberlin College and Conservatory’s online application process at:


Founded in 1833, Oberlin is a private four-year, highly selective national liberal arts college near Cleveland, Ohio and is also home to an outstanding Conservatory of Music. Together, the two divisions enroll approximately 2900 students. Oberlin College was the first college in the US to make interracial education and co-education central to its mission. The College continues to view a diverse, equitable and inclusive educational environment as essential to the excellence of its academic program. Among liberal arts colleges, Oberlin is a national leader in successfully placing graduates into PhD programs.

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