Assistant Professor, Organic Chemistry

Bellingham, Washington
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Jul 16, 2017
Sep 14, 2017
Amanda Murphy
Field of specialization
Job Type
Full time

About the Position: Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in organic chemistry beginning September 15, 2018. The Chemistry Department and the College of Sciences and Engineering support Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities; We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this faculty position.

About the College/Department: WWU is a primarily undergraduate institution (approximately 15,000 students) in Bellingham, WA, which sits at the midpoint between Vancouver, British Columbia (60 miles) and Seattle (80 miles) along the Salish Sea. WWU is one of 24 institutions in the USA to receive funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Program, which supports the "Advancing Excellence and Equity in Science" program in the College of Science and Engineering. WWU is also the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

The Chemistry Department has 19 tenure track faculty, serves about 300 undergraduate majors and over 20 graduate students annually, and offers M.S., B.S., and B.A. degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry, along with a combined B.A. with Education degree & The B.S. Chemistry degree is approved by the American Chemical Society. More than half of our undergraduate majors are active in faculty-mentored research projects, and many present their work at national meetings and are co-authors on peer-reviewed publications.

Position Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be required to teach organic chemistry lecture and lab courses and appropriate special topics courses. This person must be committed to quality undergraduate education and to fulfilling teaching responsibilities in ways that support an equitable and inclusive learning environment for students. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an active research program involving undergraduate and M.S. students.

Required Qualifications:

  • An earned Ph.D. in organic chemistry or closely related field from an accredited institution is required at time of appointment
  • Record of or potential for high quality undergraduate teaching
  • Record of high quality scholarship, broadly defined, in organic chemistry
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse student body
  • Commitment to establishing a vigorous research program involving undergraduate and M.S. students; the focus of an individual's research specialization is open to all relevant areas of organic chemistry

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Post-doctoral research experience
  • Ability to initiate or participate in cross-disciplinary collaborations

Academic Emphasis: Organic Chemistry

Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Interested candidates must apply online via WWU's Electronic Application System for Employment. To submit your application, please log in at "" and attach the following documents:  (1) a cover letter addressing all of the required and preferred qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) undergraduate and graduate transcripts, (4) a detailed statement of research plans (max. length of four pages, not including references), (5) a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and interests, and (6) a one-page statement describing plans to promote equity, inclusion and diversity in the classroom and research lab.

In addition, please arrange to have three letters of recommendation electronically submitted to:

Other Information: Inquiries about the position may be addressed to Prof. Amanda Murphy at (360) 650-3138 or

Job Posted: 7/17/2017

Closing Date Notes: Application review begins September 20, 2017; position is open until filled

Recruitment #: 170259

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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