Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Bowdoin College, Chemistry Department
Competitive Salary
Sep 19, 2018
Oct 19, 2018
Field of specialization
Environmental, Materials, Nanotechnology, Physical
Job Type
Full time

Chemistry Position Announcement

The Bowdoin College Chemistry Department seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Chemistry beginning Fall 2019. A Ph.D. in chemistry or a related field is required. We are interested in candidates who approach theoretical or experimental chemistry informed by a physical chemistry perspective, broadly defined. We are especially interested in candidates able to make connections to existing interdisciplinary programs at the College (such as Biochemistry, Digital and Computational Studies, Environmental Studies, or Neuroscience), strengthen one or more of the interdisciplinary tracks through our major (e.g. neurochemical, geochemical, or environmental tracks), or bring new knowledge and skills (e.g. computational, materials, supramolecular, or polymer chemistry) to our program.

The Department welcomes applications from candidates committed to the instruction and support of a diverse student population, and from those who will enrich and contribute to the multifaceted diversity of our College. We value a community in which individuals of all backgrounds are warmly welcomed and encouraged to succeed.

The successful candidate will teach three courses per year, which includes responsibility for introductory and general chemistry; an intermediate-level physical chemistry-based course; and an advanced course related to the candidate’s research strengths. Full-time laboratory instructor support is provided for introductory and intermediate level courses.

Bowdoin values a strong commitment to research and a promise of long-term successful scholarly engagement, as well as a dedication to teaching excellence in a liberal arts environment. The successful candidate must possess a strong commitment to undergraduate education and demonstrate the potential to develop a funded, active, and productive research program that involves undergraduates. There is internal funding in support of research, a junior sabbatical leave, and an accelerated sabbatical schedule. We recognize that recruiting and retaining faculty may involve considerations of spouses and domestic partners. When possible, the College will attempt to accommodate and respond creatively to the needs of spouses and partners of members of the faculty.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit to submit: 1) a cover letter; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a detailed description of research plans; 4) a statement that describes your teaching philosophy and how your teaching, scholarship, and/or mentorship supports our commitment to diversity and inclusion; and 5) the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin on October 19, 2018.

Founded on the Maine coast in 1794, Bowdoin is one of the oldest and most selective coeducational, residential liberal arts colleges in the country. Bowdoin is located in Brunswick, Maine, a 30-minute drive north of Portland; it is a friendly town of 20,000 inhabitants, and the area is rich with natural beauty and year-round outdoor activities. Bowdoin's reputation rests on the excellence of its faculty and students, its intimate size, its strong sense of community, commitment to diversity (31.5% students of color, 5% international students, and approximately 15% first-generation college students), and highly valued links with the people, history, and natural beauty of Maine. Bowdoin College is committed to equality and is an equal opportunity employer. Bowdoin College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender identity and /or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin or disability status in both employment and in educational programs.

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