Assistant Professor of Chemistry (tenure-track undergraduate faculty position)

River Falls, Wisconsin; part of the St. Paul/Minneapolis metropolitan area
Dependent on experience
Nov 15, 2017
Dec 15, 2017
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

The University of Wisconsin River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Year-round arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible from River Falls. UWRF's 6,200 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies; Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Science; and Business and Economics

The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at:

The Position:

This is a full-time, nine month, tenure-track undergraduate faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology. The department has 10 full-time chemistry faculty and offers American Chemical Society certified programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry along with programs in Chemistry Education and Biotechnology. The department’s instrumentation includes a Cary-8454 UV-Vis (2016), a MBraun LABStar Pro glovebox (2015), a Bruker 400 MHz multinuclear NMR (2013), along with a plate reader, FT-IR, DSC, a chromatography laboratory, and a joint optics laboratory with Physics. The department’s curriculum also features a novel Organic-First introductory chemistry option. Additional information about the department can be found at

The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester.

The successful candidate will demonstrate strong interests and ability to develop and teach courses in Organic Chemistry and other classes dependent on expertise and department needs. Opportunities exist for optional summer employment through teaching, research grants, internship supervision and other funding sources. Anticipated Appointment date: August 27, 2018.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be expected to

  • Effectively teach organic chemistry and other courses as department need and/or applicant expertise dictates;
  • Develop an active research program in organic chemistry involving undergraduate students;
  • Serve as academic advisor to undergraduate students;
  • Contribute through service to the department, college, university, and/or wider community.

Qualifications Required:

  • Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry or a related field at the start of the appointment.

Qualifications Preferred

  • Experience teaching undergraduate students,
  • Demonstrated potential for research involving undergraduates, and
  • Instrumentation skills appropriate to support an undergraduate organic chemistry curriculum.

To Apply: Online applications are REQUIRED at:

A completed application will include:

  • Your curriculum vitae;
  • A cover letter describing your interests and qualifications and experience
  • A statement, not to exceed five pages, describing:
    • Your teaching interests, experience, and philosophy, including any evidence of successful teaching at the college level;
    • Your research and scholarly activity agenda, including a summary of research experience and research plans appropriate for a predominantly undergraduate institution.
    • This should be submitted on-line as “Other Document”
  • Unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts; official copies of transcripts will be required if hired;
  • A list of 3-4 references who can comment on your teaching ability, experience and/or professional preparation, including the references’ relationship to the candidate, the references’ phone number and the references’ email address.

Inquiries should be addressed to:
Daniel Marchand
Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology

Review of applications will begin on January 8, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Materials not submitted electronically cannot be considered. The names of all nominees and applicants who have not requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released upon request. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.

Through its strategic plan, Pathway to Distinction, UW-River Falls will vigorously pursue three goals: Distinctive Academic Excellence; Global Education and Engagement; Innovation and Partnerships. In support of our first goal, UW-River Falls strives to be a leader in collaborative and undergraduate research; we therefore seek faculty members who have an interest in or experience with faculty-student collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activity.  The university's strategic focus on international education and partnerships encourages faculty to develop courses/pedagogy that facilitate the development of a global perspective and enhance our curricular and programmatic partnerships, both local and global.

UW-River Falls Diversity Statement:

We declare that diversity and inclusivity are core values. We dedicate ourselves to build a culture grounded in principles of equity, social justice, and excellence. We fundamentally affirm and embrace the multiple identities, values, belief systems, and cultural practices of all individuals and communities. We will address fundamental issues of bias, discrimination, and exclusion.

The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and identities which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.

UW-River Falls Legal Notice:

UW-River Falls is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran or military status. All persons, especially women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released.  See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7). 

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