Assistant/Associate Professor Biopolymer Materials

Assistant/Associate Professor – Biopolymer Materials


Dept. of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech (VT) seeks applications for the position of assistant/associate professor in the area of biopolymer materials.


Position Description: Tenure-track position will be at the Assistant/Associate Professor level, academic year (9 mo.) appointment. Position split ca. 50% fundamental or applied research and 50% teaching. Successful candidate is expected to develop internationally recognized research program in biomaterials from renewable resources, with major focus on biopolymers. Annual teaching responsibilities include a minimum of 1 undergraduate course and 1 graduate course in related areas of expertise. Successful candidate will be encouraged to develop new courses in their area of expertise. Collaboration within the department, across campus, and with colleagues at other institutions is expected, thus strong collaborative skills are required. Successful candidate will be expected to obtain extramural funding, publish in refereed journals, participate in professional society meetings, serve as chairperson for graduate students, and serve on graduate committees.


Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in chemistry, polymer science, wood science, chemical engineering, biomaterials, materials science engineering, macromolecular science and engineering, or closely allied fields, with demonstrated experience in biomaterial science. The successful candidate must be able to communicate effectively with people at all levels in university, industry, and government sectors.


Application: Application must include current CV; official transcripts copies (all degrees, all institutions attended); names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses for 4 professional references. Applicants will submit written statement of interest (5 page limit); address match of personal skills & education with position description, research plan, teaching philosophy & plans, & experience and philosophy with regard to diversity and inclusion.

Applicants must apply online at, posting number TR0170016.

Candidate file review begins March 21, 2017, continuing until suitable candidate is identified.

Successful candidate must provide official transcripts.



Dr. Kevin Edgar, Search Committee Chair, Virginia Tech

230 Cheatham Hall, 310 West Campus Dr., Blacksburg, VA 24061


Phone 1.540.231.0674



Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer


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