Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in Chemistry (Position Number FRGV1217)
The University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley

Edinburg, Texas

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) invites applications for a Tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Chemistry beginning Fall 2022. This hiring initiative focuses on the area(s) of Analytical Chemistry/ Instrumental Chemistry. Candidates for this position are expected to strengthen and complement our research in catalysis, bio-analytical, nanoscience, and environmental chemistry. The selected finalist will establish independent research programs that successfully attract extramural funding, actively contribute to departmental development, and engage in innovative teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The position offers excellent start-up funds, salary, and laboratory space, and the department is well equipped with instrumentation (which includes the following major chemistry Instrumentation: Bruker Biospin 600 MHZ NMR, Perkin Elmer Optima 8300 Dv ICP-OES, Perkin Elmer Turbomass Mass Spectrometer, Thermo Scienitific  DSQ II GC-MS/ FID, a Clarius GC-FID, ThermoFisher Ultimate 2000 HPLC, Bruker D2 XRD, a MinifleX II XRD, 2 Perkin Elmer Lambda 950 UV-VIS NIR, 2 Perkin Elmer Frontier FTIR (with ATR, DRIFTS, and standard sampling attachments), Bruker FTIR, Quanta Chrom surface area porosity analyzer, Micrometrics ASAP 2020 surface area porosity analyzed, LS-10 SEM, hand-held RAMAN instrumentation Rigaku First Guard, Bay spec RAMAN spectrometers, Edinburg FLS 980, Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy EleXsys E-500-A console, among other instrumentation)  in a dynamic and highly interactive research environment.

UTRGV is a leading Hispanic-serving institution recently promoted to R2 Carnegie research classification and with the goal to become an R1 institution. As such, the successful applicant will benefit from college and university initiatives aligned with this goal, such as expanded research facilities, faculty salary incentives for external funding, an inclusive and welcoming environment, and growing graduate offerings that include two new doctoral programs (PhD in Math and Statistics and PhD in Physics) and several more in the pipeline.

A Ph.D. in Chemistry or related field and postdoctoral experience are required. Applicants should provide evidence of or strong potential for significant productivity in research. Externally funded research and teaching experience are considered a plus. Successful candidates will demonstrate potential for both independent and collaborative research, the ability to involve both undergraduate and graduate students in research activities, and a commitment to educate a diverse body of students in a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Diversity and inclusion are part of our core values and as such we encourage applications from women and members of underrepresented groups in the sciences. It is our commitment to elevate the lives and economic well-being of the Valley community by offering first-rate education in the STEM fields. We value applicants who can understand and have overcome race, gender-based, and ability-based barriers, and who can bring with them the wealth of worldview, perspective, and experience that is critical to an innovative and accessible educational environment.  As a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution with a student population that is over 90% Hispanic, UTRGV is committed to preparing its students to succeed, contribute and excel in an increasingly diverse, global, and interconnected world. Applicants who identify with this mission are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research plan, statement of teaching philosophy, and the names & contact information of at least three professional references. Complete applications should be submitted online at http://careers.utrgv.edu. Electronic inquiries may be directed to jason.parsons@utrgv.edu. To receive full consideration, applications should be received by 1/9/22. Evaluations of the applicants will begin on 12/01/2021 and continue until the position is filled.

About the Department:  The Department of Chemistry along with BCMB program is 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 to approximately 30 full time 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 chemistry department will be a key participant. 


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