Assistant Professor-Water Chemistry

Syracuse, New York
Jan 20, 2021
Feb 19, 2021
Field of specialization
Job Type
Full time

The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse invites applications to join the Chemistry Department ( in an academic-year, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Environmental Chemistry with a concentration in Water Chemistry. 

 Responsibilities: Duties include developing an externally-funded, internationally-recognized graduate research program in environmental chemistry, and teaching undergraduate and graduate classes. The overall teaching load will be 3 courses per year, with at least one course in Water Chemistry.  Other teaching assignments will be determined by the candidate’s expertise and the needs of the Chemistry Department. This could include undergraduate courses usually found in a chemistry curriculum (general, organic, analytical, physical, bio- and inorganic chemistry) and/or graduate courses related to environmental chemistry or other chemistry areas.

All ESF faculty will provide service to the college and their home departments and programs by participating in governance as well as providing professional service to the community and their disciplines.

Required Qualifications: A PhD in Chemistry or related area with a strong background in water chemistry.

Preferred Qualifications: At least 12 months of relevant postdoctoral experience and research interests in basic or applied water chemistry, ability to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in chemistry, including water chemistry, evidence for the potential to develop an externally-supported graduate research program, and excellent oral and written communication skills.  Broad areas of interest include but are not limited to limnology, groundwater chemistry, oceanography, water treatment and environmental biochemistry. 

Application Instructions: Applications must be submitted on-line at  Applications should include, in a single PDF document:

(1) cover letter summarizing qualifications and interest in the position,  

(2) curriculum vitae,

(3) statement of research interests and experience, and likely funding sources (3 page limit), 

(4) statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and how you could contribute to instruction in the Chemistry Department (2 page limit).  

In addition, applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent separately to the search chair, Dr. John P. Hassett, SUNY-ESF, Chemistry Department, 121 Jahn Laboratory, Syracuse, NY 13210,

Application Deadline: To ensure optimal consideration, all application materials must be received by March 1, 2021; however, this position will remain open until filled.

About the Department: The Chemistry Department offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in biochemistry, natural products chemistry, environmental chemistry and polymer chemistry. The department currently has 13 faculty members distributed among these sub-areas and enrolls about 60 undergraduate students and 40 graduate students. The department occupies the 6700 m2 Jahn Laboratory, built in 1997 specifically for chemistry research and laboratory instruction. Major chemical instrumentation is maintained and operated by Analytical and Technical Services (  In 2019, a suite of new Thermo Scientific instruments was acquired that includes Orbitrap and triple-quad mass spectrometers (MS) interfaced to gas chromatographs (GC) and high performance liquid chromatographs (HPLC).   Other major equipment includes MALDI-TOF-MS, GC-MS (single quad), LC-MS-MS, GC-EA-IRMS, LA-ICP-MS and ICP-OES, 600 and 800 MHz NMRs and scanning and transmission electron microscopes.

About the College: Founded in 1911, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is the nation’s oldest and most respected school dedicated to understanding the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable future through research, teaching and service. ESF consistently earns high rankings in US News and World Report, Forbes, Peterson's Guide, The Washington Monthly, Princeton Review and other national college guidebooks. With over 100 faculty, 1800 undergraduates and 400 graduate students, SUNY-ESF provides a small-college atmosphere with a low student/faculty ratio that allows for personal attention and assistance for students.  ESF is one of nine Ph.D. granting institutions within the 64 college/university SUNY system, and is designated in its Carnegie ranking as a Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity. Integration of research and teaching is emphasized, and the college has a strong undergraduate as well as graduate research program.

The ESF main campus is located in Syracuse, NY with nine regional campuses/field stations and nearly 25,000 acres of forest properties in New York State. These properties afford direct water access to systems ranging from first-order streams to the Great Lakes. The ESF campus is contiguous with Syracuse University and is close to SUNY Upstate Medical University.  The three institutions have very close ties that allow students to cross-register for classes and foster research collaboration among them.  The Syracuse Veterans Administration Hospital, Upstate Medical University Hospital, Crouse Hospital and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital are within walking distance from ESF, and also offer extensive research and collaborative opportunities. Our University Hill community provides students and faculty with the resources of large institutions of higher education, including a wide array of courses, computer and library facilities, and sports and health services.

ESF faculty have broad expertise in water-related disciplines.  Opportunities for interdisciplinary research and teaching are available through the graduate and undergraduate programs in Environmental Science ( and a number of on-campus research centers and institutes (  ESF is a key partner in the Great Lakes Research Consortium (, the Center of Excellence in Healthy Water Solutions ( and the Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems Innovations (  In addition, ESF faculty actively work with the Upstate Freshwater Institute ( the Finger Lakes Institute ( and New York Sea Grant (

Additional Information: SUNY-ESF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

In accordance with the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” institutions of higher education are required to prepare an annual report containing information on campus security policies and campus statistics. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by SUNY-ESF; and on property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a printed copy of this report by contacting SUNY-ESF University Police at 315-470-6667 or by accessing the following web site:

For More Information: Visit  For information about the college and department. Contact John P. Hassett, Environmental Chemistry Search Committee Chair, SUNY-ESF; e-mail:; Telephone: 315-470-6827 

SUNY-ESF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.