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Asst. Prof. of Chemistry: Analytical and Instrumental Analysis

Western Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 28, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
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Full Time
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Asst. Prof. of Chemistry: Analytical and Instrumental Analysis

Category: Faculty       
Department: Chemistry
Locations: Macomb, IL
Posted: Oct 20, 2021
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: FT - Continuous

About Western Illinois University:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves nearly 7,500 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: August 18, 2022

Responsibilities: The successful candidate must have a commitment to excellence in teaching and student research at the undergraduate and graduate (M.S.) level. Teaching responsibilities include quantitative analysis and instrumental analysis, polymer chemistry, experimental techniques in material science, general chemistry lecture and coordination of general chemistry labs, as well as other courses as appropriate. Other responsibilities will include service on committees and general instrument coordination and maintenance. Applicants must have a commitment to excellence in mentoring at both the undergraduate and graduate (M.S.) levels. Applicants should be capable of fostering the B.S. forensic chemistry degree program, as well as a new Physics option in Material Science. The WIU Department of Chemistry maintains state-of-the-art instrumentation (SEM, GC/LCMS-QP2010 Plus from Shimadzu, FT-NMR, AA, FT-IR, UV-Vis, HPLC, Fluorescence spectrometer, etc.) and electronic classrooms which provide great learning and research opportunities for our students.

RANK & SALARY: Assistant Professor. Negotiable, commensurate with experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


Required Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Chemistry with experience in analytical techniques.

Post-doctoral and/or industrial experience

Enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in the use of instruments for chemical analysis.

Preferred Qualifications:

Instrumental expertise in scanning electron microscopy, NMR, MALDI mass spectrometry, powder X-ray diffraction, and Raman FT-IR, as well as GC and HPLC, AA, high resolution mass spectrometry, UV-Vis, and fluorescence spectroscopy.

Ability to contribute to a new option in material science, including polymer chemistry and carbohydrate chemistry.

Experience in characterizing macromolecules using techniques such as reflective IR imaging, and vapor sorption analysis, as well as TA, DSC, and GPC.

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be "in hand" at the time of application.

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Chemistry offers the American Chemical Society certified B.S. degree programs in chemistry, biochemistry and a pharmacy option. In addition, the Department of Chemistry offers a M.S. in Chemistry, as well as a B.S. degree program in forensic chemistry. The Department also offers a teacher certification option for the B.S. Chemistry degree. There are ten full-time faculty members, all of whom have doctoral degrees from major universities and serve over 100 undergraduate majors and more than 30 graduate students, as well as 150+ minors. For more information, visit the website at

THE UNIVERSITY: Since 1902, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

Western is a comprehensive university offering 62 undergraduate and 41 graduate degree programs, which includes an Ed.D. in educational leadership and a Ph.D. in environmental science. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, the University's 442 full-time faculty members teach 94 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses.

WIU-Macomb, IL: A traditional, residential four-year campus with distinctive undergraduate degrees and numerous graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago.

WIU-Quad Cities: The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its non-residential campus in Moline, IL (population 44,000).

WIU's Macomb campus is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region. Annually, 12 major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows are performed, along with outstanding concerts, lectures, presentations, films, dance performances and more. The Gwendolyn Brooks and Casa Latina cultural centers offer programs and activities focusing on Black and Hispanic cultures, while the Women's Center promotes gender equity through education, support and advocacy. WIU's student organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and ally (LGBTQ*A) community provides resources, support and programming. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.

Application Instructions:

APPLICATION: Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

4) a separate statement regarding your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

5) statement of teaching and mentorship philosophy

6) statement of research interests

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL

**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

Screening will begin on November 20, 2021.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

For more information about the position, please contact search committee chair, Dr. T.K. Vinod via email ( or telephone (309-298-1379).

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Human Resources at (309)298-1971 or via email at

To apply, visit

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