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Professor and Department Head, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Sep 18, 2023

Job Details

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Professor and Department Head, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

The Opportunity
The Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines seeks a dynamic, enthusiastic leader to head the department. We invite applications from qualified candidates committed to enhancing our research and teaching programs through strategic hires, mentoring, leading by example, and developing new resources.


The department head is expected to work effectively in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment both within the department and college, and across the broader campus to:
  • Provide leadership to enhance the mission and activities of the Department by fostering a vision and strategy to strengthen its research and teaching and to enhance collaboration with other programs across campus;

  • Promote and support continued professional growth of faculty and staff, particularly in the areas of research program development and educational innovation;

  • Facilitate a world-class environment for research in the Department with active collaborations with academia, industry, and government agencies;

  • Advance efforts supporting diversity, inclusion and access;

  • Represent the Department to the university administration, other university units, industry, and to public and private agencies at the local, regional, national, and international levels;

  • Oversee recruitment of world-class faculty, and facilitate professional development, and retention of faculty, staff, and students;

  • Work closely with associated interdisciplinary programs such as quantitative biosciences & engineering and materials science to ensure seamless curriculum management and recruitment of students and faculty;

  • Lead fund-raising for Departmental activities, budget preparation, and management;

  • and Teach courses, advise graduate students, and maintain a leading international research program.

Minimum Qualifications
The department head will be appointed as an academic faculty member at the full professor level in the department. Therefore, a doctorate in chemical engineering, or a closely-related field with a distinguished record of accomplishment in scholarship, teaching and service as well as national and international recognition is required. Administrative experience and/or evidence of successful personnel and financial management are also desired. Strong leadership qualities, including effective interpersonal communication and organizational skills, are a must. The successful candidate will be expected to lead the department transparently and collegially. The successful candidate should be a strong advocate for the needs of the students, staff, and faculty within the department and have a strong commitment to diversity.

About Mines and The Department
Colorado School of Mines is Colorado's oldest public university. Located in Golden, Colorado, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Mines is minutes from Denver and Boulder. Mines has 5,400 undergraduate students and 1,600 graduate students in a broad range of applied science and engineering disciplines. Mines has the highest admissions standards of any public university in Colorado and among the highest of any public university in the U.S. Colorado School of Mines was ranked the No. 4 best engineering college in the United States by Money Magazine in 2020. Mines was recently dubbed the top public university in the nation for return on investment in's "Colleges Worth Your Investment" list. The Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering comprises 16 tenure/tenure track faculty and 9 teaching faculty, as well as research faculty and support staff, 500 undergraduate and 100 graduate students. The department offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. It has a strong history in excellence in education and basic and applied research in renewable energy, materials science, transport processes, theoretical and applied thermodynamics, biomaterials, metabolic engineering, computational biology, and atomistic simulation. Our educational and research programs are enhanced through participation in interdisciplinary degree programs and research centers on campus, and through strong ties and collaborations with the neighboring National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U. S. Geological Survey. Mines emphasizes collaboration and cooperative and collegial interaction across campus, and promotes excellence in combination with a healthy life balance. The Head will work in close collaboration with the Dean of the Energy and Materials Portfolio which includes physics, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and metallurgical & materials engineering, to create a supportive, diverse, and outstanding education and research environment. More information about the Department is available at

Pay Range:

Mines is offering a 9-month, academic year salary of $161,000 - $194,000. This is supplemented with a $20K stipend, a summer stipend, and the opportunity for summer and winter research compensation.

Mines takes into consideration a combination of a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Total Rewards

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees. Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness, and work/life balance offerings. Our portfolio of benefits includes fully paid medical and dental premiums as well as vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves, and discount programs. In addition to the amazing benefits mentioned, Mines continues to show its dedication to its employees by offering an 11% employee contribution through our Mines Defined Contribution Plan and an incredible 12% employer contribution with immediate 100% vesting! Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation bring proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs, and leading-edge technology. For more information, visit Mines benefits .

Application Process

Review of applications will begin on October 16th and continue until filled. Questions about the position may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Tom Gennett, at Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, and veteran status) and upload the following:
  • a cover letter briefly describing interest in and qualifications for the position,  

  • a separate vision statement for leading the department,

  • a research statement to describe the candidate’s vision for a successful, externally funded research program

  • a statement of teaching philosophy and experience

  • a statement of contributions to diversity, inclusion,   and access

  • and a curriculum vitae.

Research Statement: Candidates should describe how their research relates to and complements research activities and expertise at Mines, its expected scholarly and societal impact, its relevance to Mines’ goals (e.g., earth, energy, and environment), and current or future connections to industry and/or opportunities for entrepreneurship. The statement should cover both the candidate's past history of successful research as well as their plans for future research at Mines, and their plans for obtaining external funding for that future research. Candidates should also be sure to describe any transdisciplinary aspects of their research. (For more information visit and

Teaching Statement: Mines is committed to high-quality, hands-on, and project-based learning. Additionally, Mines is growing its online MS non-thesis degree programs. Candidates should cover their in-person and hands-on teaching pedagogy and describe any experience they have in online education.

Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Candidates should submit a statement on Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion. Mines is committed to access, inclusion, and diversity and has a strategic plan advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Access (for more information visit ).

Applicants will notice on the application portal there is one location to upload all required materials. Further, once submitted, you will not be able to edit your application. Applicants may submit their application as one combined document or as separate documents. References will be collected and contacted at a later date. Please contact Kathleen Feighny, Human Resources, at with any questions.

Background Investigation Required: Yes

Equal Opportunity
Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons. Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity, and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

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