Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Grand Forks, North Dakota
Is competitive
Nov 13, 2020
Jan 12, 2021
Job Type
Full time

The Department of Chemistry at the University of North Dakota invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin August 16, 2021, contingent upon available funding. 

The Chemistry Department is housed in the College of Arts & Sciences and offers an ACS-certified B.S. degree, B.S./M.S. and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest research university in North Dakota.  It is the state’s flagship university and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity.  Founded with a strong liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university and was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region.  UND offers degrees in more than 225 fields of study with nearly 14,000 students.  It is the home of the state’s only School of Law.  The School of Medicine has major initiatives in rural and public health, and Aerospace is home to one of the first and largest unmanned aerial vehicle programs in the world.

UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 57,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota.  Short commutes, a great public-school system, high quality medical facilities, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of Grand Forks’ advantages.  Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be expected to establish a nationally recognized research program with significant external funding in the broad area of synthetic-biological chemical materials applications. Expectation also includes alignment with research goals of the UND Grand Challenge, “Addressing health challenges through basic, clinical and transitional discovery”.

Teaching responsibilities include graduate and undergraduate courses in organic chemistry.  Interest in the development of online coursework as well as technical expertise in NMR are considered favorable. Candidates with research interests that complement those of current faculty are especially encouraged to apply.

All faculty are expected to contribute service within the department, college, university, and community.  UND and the College of Arts & Sciences value diverse perspectives and seek applicants who are committed to helping students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed.

Required Competencies

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including evidence of the ability to teach, inspire, and mentor students.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Ability to adapt to current methods of teaching, including online delivery.

Minimum Requirements

  • Earned Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Material Science, Physics, or related field by August 15, 2021.
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 

Preferred Qualifications                                                          

  • Postdoctoral experience in chemistry, materials, or biochemistry
  • Demonstrated teaching and mentoring effectiveness
  • Research expertise in synthetic-biological chemical materials in bioapplications
  • Alignment with UND’s Grand Challenge goal to address health challenges through basic, clinical and transitional discovery.  
  • Experience in synthesis of polymer and nanomaterials
  • Potential to procure external funding to support research
  • Experience engaging with a diverse population of students and colleagues.

Salary is competitive.

Work Schedule/Start Date:  Position is full-time, benefitted and exempt.  Dates of initial contract are August 16, 2021 to May 15, 2022.

To Apply

For full consideration, applications must be received by December 31, 2020 and include the following materials:

  • Letter of application
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees
  • Research statement and teaching philosophy
  • Three letters of recommendation (including contact information)
  • If applicable, proof of eligibility for veteran’s preference

Position is open until filled.

Questions may be referred to Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry via email :

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.