Assistant Professor - Chemical Engineering

University of Kansas - Lawrence, Kansas
Competitive and commensurate with qualifications & experience
Dec 15, 2020
Jan 14, 2021
Assistant Professor - Chemical Engineering
Field of specialization
Job Type
Full time

Position Overview:

The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Kansas (KU) invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering.  The department is seeking individuals with outstanding promise for excellence in research and the ability to excel in teaching undergraduate and graduate students. New hires will join a strong faculty with a rich history in research and teaching excellence.  The ideal candidate will have experience and interest in both teaching and research aspects of Chemical Engineering areas such as bioengineering, catalysis, data science, energy, and sustainability.   The department encourages interdisciplinary research and the new hire will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty across the School of Engineering, the School of Pharmacy, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The department values diversity in pedagogy, in the curriculum, in outreach to students and research.  

Successful candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering or a related discipline and demonstrate the potential to develop an independent research program and be a leader in their field prior to the start of the appointment. The successful candidate also must have a passion to educate and mentor students. The successful candidate will conduct and publish original research, advise graduate students, teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, and perform service at the School level University level,  and nationally and internationally.

The University of Kansas School of Engineering (SoE) and the CPE Department strongly value diversity, equity, and inclusion and seek candidates who can contribute to fostering an inclusive culture.  In Spring 2019, KU SoE was one of only 29 universities to achieve the exemplar, inaugural ASEE Diversity Recognition Bronze Award  In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.  The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment. To apply, please visit:

Job Description:

40% Teach undergraduate and graduate, core and elective courses in chemical engineering both in-person and online. Develop courses and participate in curriculum development. Participate in the mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, and if possible, post- doctoral fellows. Advise graduate students, including chairing doctoral dissertation committees.

40% Conduct and direct research in an area that complements the mission of the Department, the School of Engineering, and the University. Specifically, the successful candidate is expected to engage in original and scholarly research, and secure external funding in order to develop an independent research program, present at professional conferences, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and if possible, develop intellectual property. The position will enable participation in the education and training of students and postdoctoral researchers in the Department.

20% Perform service for the Department, School, University, and academic and research profession, interacting effectively with students, faculty, and local, national and international community.

Required Qualifications:

  1. PhD in chemical engineering or closely related field by start date of appointment.
  2. A proven record or demonstrated high potential in conducting independent research with evidence of publications and other scholarly products.
  3. Demonstrated (or high potential for) teaching excellence in a university setting including the ability to develop and teach online courses
  4. Demonstrated ability to effectively teach and communicate with others.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated ability to obtain external funding.

Contact Information to Candidates:

Professor Laurence Weatherley,

Additional Candidate Instruction:

A complete online application will include the following: (1) a letter of application, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) detailed teaching and research plans, (4) a statement on diversity, and (5) the names and contact information for at least three references.


In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.

  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Review of application materials will begin January 18, 2021 and will continue as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants.

To apply, please visit:

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