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Faculty Position in Experimental or Theoretical Chemistry

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Closing date
Nov 5, 2020

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The Department of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in experimental or theoretical chemistry. The successful applicant will benefit from Carnegie Mellon’s interdisciplinary environment and our strengths in environmental, biological, and materials chemistry. Emerging focus areas in the Department include modern data-driven/automated approaches to design and synthesis of new materials. Research that addresses challenges related to the behavior of molecules in complex environments (e.g. catalytic, light-driven and biological processes) are of particular interest. Some envisioned activities include development of molecular-level tools for the environmentally-benign synthesis and lifecycle (preparation, molecular recycling/degradation and remediation) of chemicals, polymers, materials and fuels.


We seek scientists who are eager to join and contribute to a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary environment that promotes innovative research, education, and service initiatives. The successful candidate will have a Ph. D. degree in Chemistry or a closely-related field and preferably relevant post-doctoral research experience. Selection will be based in part on a record of research publications in internationally-recognized peer-reviewed journals, prospects for obtaining external funding, and the potential to become an outstanding teacher/mentor of students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds. Applicants at the assistant professor level are preferred.

Application Instructions

Application materials, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and teaching philosophy along with a statement on diversity, equity and, inclusion should be submitted via this Interfolio site ( Applicants are also asked to arrange for a minimum of three confidential letters of recommendation to be uploaded to Interfolio. Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Carnegie Mellon University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. Carnegie Mellon welcomes faculty applicants who will contribute to this diversity through their research, teaching, and service. This includes women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others who would contribute in different ways. Carnegie Mellon University seeks to meet the needs of dual-career couples and is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) that assists with dual-career searches.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Carnegie Mellon University shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.


The art conservation research center does applied research focused on developing practical and effective strategies for preventing and repairing damage to cultural properties. The Center’s current research has emphasized problems of modern art and library materials. Studies on color and paper degradation are on-going, as well as investigations focusing on acrylic paint materials, physical damage in modern paints, environmental conditions for paper storage, and methods for probing the condition and stability of artifacts. The Center is a part of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and it is located in the Pittsburgh Technology Center building, on the banks of the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh, PA about 1 mile from the CMU campus. The staff of eight includes three full-time scientists, two interns, the Director and Deputy Director, and an office assistant. In addition to the analytical instruments, the laboratories are equipped with a constant environment room, aging ovens and light exposure apparatus, and a collection of pigment and resin reference materials. The Center’s activities include in-house scientific investigations as well as collaborative projects with other laboratories, museums, and libraries.
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