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Assistant Professor in Chemistry/Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/College of Sciences

University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 28, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor in Chemistry/Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/College of Sciences

Job Class Code: 10031
FLSA: Exempt
Posting Number: FRGV1218
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Division/Organization: Provost - Academic Affairs
Appointment Period for Non-Tenure Position:
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
FTE: 1.0

Scope of Job:
The Department of Chemistry seeks applicants who are dedicated to serving The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's diverse student body as a tenure track assistant professor position in Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BCMB) beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year. This hiring initiative focuses on the area(s) of Astrobiochemistry, which may include but not limited to earth biochemistry, extremophile biochemistry, molecular biochemistry, exobiology etc.
About UTRGV:It is UTRGV's Vision “To be one of the nation's leaders in higher education, its premier Hispanic-serving institution, and a highly engaged bilingual university, with exceptional educational, research, and creative opportunities that serve as catalysts for transformation in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.” As such, UTRGV is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff that can contribute to an enriching learning environment that strives for more equitable outcomes for student success. UTRGV is a distributed campus, one university spanning four counties and multiple locations. Our purpose is to be a university for the entire Rio Grande Valley and beyond. Over 91% of the students enrolled at UTRGV identify as Hispanic, making UTRGV one of the top 3 universities with the highest percentage of Hispanic students. Thanks to a steadfast commitment to safety and success, UTRGV yielded record-breaking outcomes in enrollment and student success in the fall semester. For additional information, please visit our website.
The Department of Chemistry along with BCMB program are committed to quality education, community service, and preparing students for graduate work or careers in chemistry, as well as preparing students for admission to the schools of medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy. The department has latest research facilities in chemical and biochemical research and education and is the home of approximately 30 fulltime faculty and about 400 graduate and undergraduate students. ACS accredited BS degrees are offered in Chemistry, along with graduate degrees at the master's levels.
The Department of Chemistry offers a Master of Science (Chemistry) degree, a Master of Science (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; jointly with Biology) degree, a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) degree, a Bachelor of Science degree with teaching certification, a minor in Chemistry, and a minor in Biochemistry. UTRGV is planning to launch in the near future an interdisciplinary PhD program in Materials Science and Engineering, on which the Department of Chemistry will be a key participant.

Minimum Qualifications:
A Ph.D. in Biochemistry or related field and postdoctoral experience are required. Applicants should provide evidence of or strong potential for significant productivity in research details.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:
The new faculty member will teach a core course for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology MS Program, in addition to other courses in the Chemistry Department, actively participate in externally funded research and contribute to service activities

Preferred Qualification:
Expertise is preferred in the area of Astro biochemistry which may include exobiology, earth biochemistry, extremophile biochemistry, molecular biochemistry, exobiology, etc. but applicants in other areas of biochemistry will be considered. Externally funded research and teaching experience are considered a plus.

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
License or Certification Required?: No
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2022

EEO Statement:
EEO Statement
It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to promote and ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VII of the civil rights act of 1964, the title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, our University is committed to comply with all government requirements and ensures non-discrimination in its education programs and activities, including employment. We encourage women, minorities and differently abled persons to apply for employment positions of interest.
Diversity Statement
UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving Institution dedicated to student success and building a diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment. UTRGV has an NSF ADVANCE grant to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and to promote a positive, family friendly workplace for all faculty. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.

Open Date: 09/28/2021

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Dear Applicant, Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following: *Date of Birth *Social Security Number *Gender *Ethnicity/Race Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission.
Security sensitive; All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). CBCs will be conducted for all candidates invited for an on-campus interview.

Additional Information:
UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215.

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

Please Note:
Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper-based test score of 500 (computer-based of 173 or internet-based of 61) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Incomplete applications will not be considered. All positions are subject to budget approval.

Please note:
Required Documents 1. Curriculum Vitae2. List of 3 References3. Letter of Interest4. Unofficial Transcripts5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy6. Statement of Research Plan Optional Documents
1. Resume2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application3. Teaching Philosophy4. Writing / Publication Sample5. Reference Letter 16. Reference Letter 27. Reference Letter 38. Multi Media9. Certifications and Licenses10. Training Certificates11. Other Document12. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness13. Unofficial Transcripts 214. Unofficial Transcripts 3

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