Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry, Tenure Track

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Orono, Maine
Commensurate with experience
Apr 15, 2021
May 15, 2021
Field of specialization
Biological, Nanotechnology, Organic
Job Type
Full time

Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry

Full-time, Tenure Track Position


The Department of Chemistry at the University of Maine (Orono, ME) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in organic chemistry, anticipated to begin August 30, 2021. The position will be a joint appointment between Chemistry and the Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies (FIRST). The ideal candidate will utilize the advanced facilities at CORE ( and FIRST to develop convergent cross-disciplinary research and educational programs overlapping Chemistry and FIRST.  Review of applications will begin on April 16, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. 

Qualifications. The position requires a Ph.D. in organic chemistry or closely related discipline by start date of appointment. Applicants should have expertise in organic chemistry or chemical biology which relates to sensor technology.

Responsibilities. The successful candidate will be expected to (1) develop an innovative, independent research program supported by external funding and disseminated through scholarly publications that aligns with the missions of Chemistry, FIRST, and other research programs at the University of Maine, (2) mentor and train undergraduate and graduate students, (3) teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in organic chemistry, contribute to a graduate certificate program in advanced materials and sensor systems, and teach other courses as needed, (4) participate in curriculum development which includes development of graduate courses in their specialty, (5) demonstrate commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and (6) have effective communication skills. Service to the department, college, and university is also expected.

We are especially interested in applicants who can contribute to the University of Maine’s commitment to an inclusive and diverse student body that includes first-generation and low-income students and those from groups that are under-represented in chemistry, such as women and minorities.

The Department of Chemistry ( offers the BA, BS, MS, and PhD degrees in chemistry with American Chemical Society certification for the BS. The Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies (FIRST) ( conducts interdisciplinary research on sensor-related science and engineering to provide solutions for societal advancement and economic wellbeing. The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,200 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university.  As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels. Further information about UMaine can be found at

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life.  Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live.  Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer at

To Apply, please submit a letter of application; curriculum vitae; description of research accomplishments and detailed research plan (5 pages or less); statements of teaching philosophy, relevant teaching experience, and equity, diversity and inclusion (total 2 pages or less);  names, addresses (including e-mail and phone) and letters from three references.

All application materials must be submitted through HireTouch (, via the "Apply For Position" link at the bottom of the page. You will need to create a profile and application.

Appropriate background checks are required. All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace trainings, such as information security, safety training, and prevention of workplace violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Maine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.   All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.