Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Tacoma, Washington State
$60,000 per year + benefits package
Sep 04, 2020
Oct 04, 2020
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Closing Date:
Review of application materials will begin on September 8, 2020. The position will remain open and applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Work Schedule:
Full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position available September 1, 2021. PLU’s academic year spans from September to May.

General Description:

The Chemistry Department at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor to teach both upper- and lower- division courses, including analytical chemistry. We prefer candidates that have skills using and troubleshooting instrumentation and that have either post-doctoral research experience or experience conducting research with undergraduates. The successful applicant will be expected to develop a vibrant research program with external funding involving undergraduate students. Additional responsibilities will include mentoring and advising as well as service on academic committees. The department ( offers ACS-certified degrees. Instrumentation and resources include 500 MHz FT-NMR, AFM, GC/MS, HPLC, FTIR, Raman, UV/VIS, ICP-MS, GPC, a glovebox, potentiostats, and a variety of computational chemistry software.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Teach upper and lower-division courses as needed, including analytical chemistry lecture and lab;
  • Establish a vibrant, externally funded research program involving undergraduate students;
  • Contribute to the University, Division of Natural Sciences, and Chemistry Department through scholarship activities and service.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The successful applicant must have the demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities to:

  • teach students from diverse backgrounds, including women and members of underrepresented minority groups in a university setting;
  • teach analytical chemistry, advanced courses in their area of expertise, and general chemistry;
  • show promise as an innovative and effective classroom instructor;
  • commit to providing research experiences for undergraduates and engaging them in research as part of the successful applicant’s scholarship;
  • contribute to the department and the University through service with individuals of diverse backgrounds.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in chemistry or closely allied discipline. ABD will be considered, but Ph.D. must be in hand by September 1, 2021.
  • Experience working with or teaching diverse groups including women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Skills using and troubleshooting instrumentation.
  • Post-doctoral research or experience teaching and conducting research with undergraduate students.

Applicants should submit the following online at

  1. a cover letter;
  2. a CV;
  3. a list of three references—confidential letters of reference will be requested by PLU for semi-finalists;
  4. unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts;
  5. a statement of teaching philosophy in which you describe your goals for student learning, the methods you use to help students achieve them, and how you assess student learning. This statement must also explicitly address how you create an inclusive learning environment that is attuned to diversity and equity;
  6. a statement of research that you propose to conduct with PLU undergraduate students.

For more information contact Justin Lytle, Chair of the Chemistry Department, at

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