Professor and Chair - Chemical Engineering

Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts
Depends on Qualifications
Mar 29, 2019
Apr 28, 2019
Field of specialization
Education, Engineering
Job Type
Full time

Northeastern University


Professor and Chair - Chemical Engineering


Requisition Number: FTFR001230


Division/College: College of Engineering


Location: Boston Main Campus


Full-time/Part-time: Full Time




The College of Engineering at Northeastern University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Chemical Engineering Department. The Chair will provide a vision to direct the hiring of faculty, the nurturing of research foci, and the development of educational curricula.


About the department:


The Chemical Engineering Department ( at Northeastern University comprises one of the most diverse chemical engineering faculty in the nation with a demonstrated commitment to inclusion. The department consists of 24 tenured/tenure-track faculty, with active research programs spanning advanced materials, energy, and biological engineering; three full-time teaching faculty; four co-operative education coordinators; seven staff; and 13 faculty with affiliated appointments. The departmental spirit is collegial, vibrant, and young. The department is home to 68 Ph.D. students, 77 M.S. students, and 584 undergraduate students, over half of whom are women, with enrollments in all categories undergoing rapid growth. Experiential education is a hallmark of our program, with over 300 students completing co-op in the past year.




Candidates must demonstrate outstanding leadership, management, and mentoring ability, and a clear vision for the future of the department. The new chair will be expected to build upon the department’s recognized strengths, recruit outstanding faculty, promote scholarly initiatives, facilitate internal and external research collaborations, and oversee curriculum changes. Furthermore they should be able to foster corporate and alumni relations, promote new funding opportunities through research and advancement, steer the department through an exciting period of growth and change in the field, and lead the department to its next level of excellence and visibility.


Candidates are expected to have demonstrated strategic vision through leadership of a well-established, nationally and internationally recognized research program, with a strong record of externally-funded research.


Candidates will have demonstrated excellence and significant experience in teaching, with a commitment to high-quality teaching in chemical engineering, and interest in advancing education programs with a balance between undergraduate and graduate levels.


Candidates should also have demonstrated leadership and administrative experience and a distinguished record of service.


A doctorate degree in chemical engineering or closely related fields of science and engineering is required.


Additional Information:


About the College:


The College of Engineering at Northeastern University is a vibrant academic enterprise that is growing in both size and stature. The College has 177 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 3,894 undergraduate and 4,186 graduate students. At the core of the Northeastern Engineering experience is our top-ranked cooperative education program, which contributes significantly to richer experiential learning, industrial collaborations, and use-inspired research. In addition, the College has 16 multidisciplinary research centers and institutes with funding from eight federal agencies. Our Boston campus facilitates collaborations with major medical centers, research labs, neighboring academic institutions, and industry.


About Northeastern:


Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global, experiential research university and offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. The university is in the top-tier for research activity among U.S. colleges and universities, according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. It has had an unprecedented increase in rankings, placing 44 in U.S. News and World Reports, up from 98 ten years ago. Since 2006, the university has hired 656 new tenured and tenure-track faculty members. Our tradition of partnership and engagement creates a distinctive approach to education and research built on the values of experiential learning, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Northeastern is the recognized leader in experiential learning, powered by the world’s most innovative cooperative-education program. The University in 2018 was ranked No. 1 by the Princeton Review for internships and co-ops. We offer students opportunities for professional work, research, service, and global learning in 136 countries on seven continents. The same spirit of engagement guides a use-inspired research enterprise that is strategically aligned with three global imperatives: health, security, and sustainability. The 220,000 square foot, six-story Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex extends Northeastern’s research enterprise with new state-of-the-art infrastructure, and by fostering collaboration across disciplines and with industry, academia and government. Located in the heart of Boston, Northeastern is situated among the nation’s best hospitals, world-renowned research and teaching institutions, and high technology firms, and offers a rich history of arts and culture. Regional campuses are also located in innovation hubs across the nation, including Charlotte, North Carolina; Seattle; Silicon Valley; and Toronto.


Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the law. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.


How to apply:


Applicants should submit a detailed curriculum vitae and four professional references. In addition, the application should include a strategic vision statement for the department and statements of research and teaching plans. Consideration of applications will begin on March 14, 2019. The target starting date is January 1, 2020, but the position will remain open until filled. Inquiries and nominations for the position should be submitted to Prof. Richard West  and Prof. Carolyn Lee-Parsons .


To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:


Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.


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