Assistant or Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry

Assistant or Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte


The University of North Carolina at Charlotte seeks applications and nominations for a tenure-track or tenured position in experimental Physical Chemistry, broadly defined, at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. The successful applicant is expected to engage in the academic community of the Department of Chemistry and the interdisciplinary Nanoscale Science Ph.D. program. For appointment at the Assistant Professor level, candidates are expected to be prepared to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program involving undergraduate and graduate students; and to teach undergraduate physical chemistry courses, and relevant courses at the graduate level. For appointment at the Associate Professor level, candidates are expected to have already established a productive, externally-funded research program; and be prepared to teach undergraduate physical chemistry courses, and relevant courses at the graduate level. We especially welcome applications from candidates who will collaborate in research and educational initiatives with colleagues in the Chemistry Department and other units on campus, and who will incorporate diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their work as a faculty member. Appointment to the position will be effective August 15, 2019.  

About UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is a rapidly growing doctoral-granting urban university located in the largest metropolitan area between Washington DC and Atlanta. The University is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement campus and is classified as a Minority Serving Institution with an enrollment of over 29,000 culturally diverse students, including over 24,000 undergraduate students and over 5,000 graduate students. UNC Charlotte is a member of The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium of the Carolinas (HERC of the Carolinas), an excellent resource for dual hires. The University supports all aspects of faculty work through units such as the ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office (which hosts, for example, the New Faculty Mentoring Initiative and the New Faculty Learning Community), various centers and programs for research and teaching, and funding opportunities for research, teaching, and outreach/engagement.  

About the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Chemistry Department is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). As the largest college at UNC Charlotte, CLAS houses 20 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural sciences, as well as 25 applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs. It offers eight doctoral degrees, 36 master's degrees and graduate certificates, and 32 undergraduate degrees. The many departments, research centers, and interdisciplinary programs of CLAS unite behind the shared goal of educating critical and imaginative thinkers through inquiry and engagement. The College supports all aspects of faculty work through various communities, programs, and funding opportunities.

About the Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers B.A, B.S. (ACS certified) and M.S. degrees. Chemistry Department faculty supervise many of the students in the Nanoscale Science Ph.D. program. The Department consists of 16 tenured/tenure-track faculty members (3 assistant professors, 9 associate professors, 4 full professors), 9 full-time, non-tenure track faculty members (one teaching professor, two senior lecturers, four lecturers, two senior instrument analysts), 8 full-time staff members, and one part-time staff member.  The Chemistry Department is known for its deep commitment to the professional development and education of students at all levels, its emerging research portfolio, its leadership in engagement, and its service to the chemical profession. The Department promotes an inclusive environment in which diversity is valued, understood and incorporated in the full range of departmental activities.  

Qualifications for the position:

Required qualifications for appointment at the Assistant Professor level:

  • A Ph.D. in chemistry or related area;
  • Relevant postdoctoral, academic, or other professional experience;
  • A strong publication record;
  • A commitment to establishing a productive, externally funded, independent research program; and
  • A commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  

Required qualifications for appointment at the Associate Professor level:

  • A Ph.D. in chemistry or related area;
  • Relevant postdoctoral, academic or other professional experience;
  • A productive, externally funded research program, including a strong publication record as an independent scientist;
  • A commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  

Applying for the position:

Applications must be made electronically at https://jobs.uncc.edu (position number 6143). Applications must include the following materials:

  • A letter of interest that addresses the requirements for the position;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A detailed Description of Research Plans (approximately 6 pages, excluding references; see below for further information);
  • A Statement of Teaching (approximately 2 pages, excluding references; see below for further information); and
  • Unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference on appropriate letterhead stationary forwarded (in PDF format, if sent electronically) on their behalf to: Physical Chemist Search Committee; Department of Chemistry, UNC Charlotte; 9201 University City Blvd.; Charlotte, NC 28223-0001, or via e-mail to Ms. Deborah Howard (Deborah.Howard@uncc.edu).

For applications at the Assistant Professor level:

  • The Description of Research Plans should integrate the following elements:
    • Research proposal(s) for the planned project(s);
    • A discussion of potential sources of funding;
    • A description of the applicant’s qualifications to conduct the proposed research;
    • An indication of potential collaborators; and
    • A discussion on how the applicant plans to engage undergraduate students, graduate students, and any other personnel in the proposed research. Applicants are encouraged to discuss any prior experience in mentoring students or other personnel in research.
  • The Statement of Teaching should include:
    • A statement of teaching philosophy that addresses the applicant’s perspective on the engagement of diverse learners in the classroom and in other settings; and
    • A discussion of the applicant’s teaching experience, training, teaching interests, possible new course offerings, recognitions, honors and awards, and any other relevant accomplishments.

For applications at the Associate Professor level:

  • The Description of Research Plans should include the following elements:
    • A discussion of research accomplishments and recognition as an independent investigator, noting publications, funding, and personnel involved in the research;
    • Detailed plans for future research, including potential sources of funding;
    • An indication of potential collaborators; and
    • A description of how the candidate will be an effective mentor for students and other personnel in research.
  • The Statement of Teaching should include:
    • A statement of teaching philosophy that addresses the applicant’s perspective on the engagement of diverse learners in the classroom and in other settings; and     
    • A discussion of the applicant’s teaching experience, training, teaching interests, possible new course offerings, recognitions, honors and awards, and any other relevant accomplishments.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the search may be directed to Dr. Tom Schmedake (Tom.Schmedake@uncc.edu). Finalists will be asked during their screening interview to discuss how the topics of diversity and inclusion are incorporated into their teaching and research. The Chemistry Department embraces diversity in the broadest sense including, but not limited to, ability/disability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.  

As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. 

The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree and submit to a criminal background check.