Assistant Professor

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Aug 14, 2023

Job Description

The Department of Chemistry at Virginia Tech is expanding its research presence in the broad area of Energy Research by announcing two tenure-track faculty openings at the Assistant Professor level. The position interfaces with a College of Science-wide effort to increase the University’s presence in the energy field, for example with additional positions this year in the Department of Geosciences.

These two positions will bring in researchers involved in energy storage, management, efficiency, and/or conversion, and will be split into (1) experimental development/synthesis/characterization, and (2) computational analysis and/or design. Candidates from a wide variety of research fields are encouraged to apply, with the goal of bringing new molecular insights into materials, processes, or devices and thus amplify our existing strengths, which include battery science, solar energy conversion, catalysis, energy efficient materials, advanced X-ray and NMR characterization, and mechanism/theory-based materials modeling and design.

These two positions will ideally start in Fall 2024 at our Blacksburg, VA campus. Potential candidates must have a Ph.D. in chemistry or a closely related field, establish an internationally recognized research program, be an effective teacher in graduate and undergraduate courses, and have a commitment to developing a culturally diverse educational environment. The Department of Chemistry is committed to building an inclusive community of chemists through programs and activities that are woven into the department’s research, teaching, and outreach efforts. We welcome applications from diverse, underrepresented candidates.

Applicants must submit application materials online at in response to job number 526698. Application materials include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a description of research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy (not to exceed two pages), and statement of inclusive excellence (not to exceed two pages). The statement of inclusive excellence should communicate a commitment to diversity and inclusion as evidenced by any previous activities or future plans aimed at expanding diversity and/or mentoring of underrepresented groups, and how the applicant will further Virginia Tech’s commitment to build a culturally diverse educational environment (

We ask that candidates anonymize their research and teaching statements. To do so, please remove all instances of names, previous/current research groups, and institutions.

Applicants should arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be submitted to receive full consideration. Review of applications will begin October 2, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

For any questions specifically related to the positions, please contact Louis Madsen, Search Committee Chair, at
For further information about the position and the Department of Chemistry, please visit

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Chemistry or a closely related field is required; the degree is required at the time of appointment.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

The position may require some travel to conferences and meetings.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Leslie Cherry-Marshall at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: September 21, 2023
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