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Assistant Professor, Chemistry
The University of Akron

Date Posted Aug. 18, 2023
Title Assistant Professor, Chemistry
University The University of Akron
Akron, OH, United States
Department Chemistry
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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  • Assistant Professor
  • Chemistry - General
    Chemistry - Physical

Job Description Summary

Demonstrates quality of teaching, quality of research and scholarly activity, quality of professional, University, and community service, and professional conduct. Must have experience and credentials as outlined in academic unit guidelines for Assistant Professor.    

The tenured/tenure track teaching faculty generally have a full range of responsibilities, including teaching, research, scholarship and other creative professional work, and service to the unit, the university and the public. 

Job Description

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Akron ( invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Chemistry focusing on physical and/or forensic chemistry.

We seek to assemble a cohort of teacher-scholars who will offer a strong contribution to the diversity and excellence of UA through teaching, scholarship, service, and collaboration. Specifically, as an urban-research university, we are particularly interested in scholars whose work touches on the pressing needs of cities and urban communities. As part of this group, this tenure track physical chemistry position will support the department’s core mission in chemical education and our service teaching to engineering, biology, and health science students.  We seek candidates who are committed to increasing diversity in the sciences and supporting our unique and diverse student body. Candidates who share our vision are strongly encouraged to apply.

We welcome candidates in all areas of experimental physical chemistry and forensic chemistry. In addition to the key chemistry curricula at the undergraduate and graduate level, these candidates will be expected to establish an independent, externally funded research group and carry out high-impact investigations that can be disseminated in quality peer review journals and invited or contributed presentations. Competitive applicants will also propose ways to address aspects of diversity in terms of service and outreach, addressing the needs of the highly diverse urban-research community.

Candidates should also include a diversity statement in their application, describing your past and potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this statement, applicants should address how these contributions will fit in with UA’s mission as an urban-research university.

Required Qualifications:

Successful candidates will have an earned Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, or a related discipline and demonstrated active research experience in the study of physical chemistry or forensic chemistry broadly defined.

Additional Position Information:

Application Instructions: In order to be considered for this position, please attach the necessary document. CV, Cover Letter, Teaching/Research Philosophy, Description of Research Plans, Diversity Statement and Transcripts. Three letters of recommendation are required. 

Application Deadline: September 13, 2023 at 12:00am

Compensation: The compensation for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The University of Akron offers a competitive total compensation package comprised of a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits for eligible employees including medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and paid leave of absences including time off for illness, vacation, and maternity or paternity leave. In addition, eligible employees and their dependents are provided tuition remission.

All staff and eligible non-bargaining unit faculty have the option to request a Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA).

The University of Akron participates in state retirement systems and offers alternative retirement options with competitive employer contributions. Optional investment opportunities are available including deferred compensation programs (403(b) and 457(b)). Please visit our benefits home page for more information.

Application Instructions: To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach a resume, a cover letter, and a list of three professional references to


Danielle Ester

Phone Number:

+1 (330) 9724708


Background Check Statement

The University of Akron is committed to providing a safe environment for all students and employees.  The University endeavors to protect the health, welfare and safety of all students, employees and visitors on our campus.  As such, all offers of employment with The University of Akron are contingent upon verification of credentials, proof of Covid-19 vaccination, and satisfactory completion of a criminal background check. Some positions may require additional credit investigation and a pre-employment driving record search.

New hires must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination, if vaccines are available and the employee is eligible, at time of hire. If a new employee is not fully vaccinated at the time of hire, the offer of employment will be contingent upon the employee becoming fully vaccinated within 60 days of hire, unless a qualifying medical or religious exemption is granted.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Akron, as an equal education and employment institution, is committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified individuals in its education programs or activities, including applicants for admissions or employment, will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status or status as a veteran. To further this commitment, the University complies with state and federal laws which prohibit discrimination. Questions or concerns about the administration of this commitment can be directed to the

University’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office ( The University also strives to provide an environment free from the negative impacts of gender-based discrimination and harassment as prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Questions about Title IX can be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education or both. For more information on Title IX at the University of Akron, including how to contact the Title IX Coordinator, how to file a complaint under Title IX with the University or the Title IX process at the University of Akron, please visit the University’s Title IX page at

State of Residence Statement

It is the expectation of the University of Akron that all work performed as an employee of the University will be performed in Ohio.


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