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Faculty Position in Sustainability and Environmental Chemistry 2021

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Closing date
Oct 1, 2021

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The Department of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in sustainability and environmental chemistry. Areas of interest include: Mechanistic studies of the chemical transformations and impacts of environmental pollutants – especially in aqueous systems and at complex interfaces, interactions between contaminants and biological/ecological systems, the sustainable chemical or biological-based degradation or recycling of toxic or persistent materials in order to promote the circular economy, and achieving molecular-level control of the chemical lifecycle of long-lived chemicals, polymers, and materials. In addition, we have a strong interest in the development of new massively parallel methods, real-time analysis, miniaturized sensors, or devices to understand the biological or environmental impacts of chemical contaminants and for rigorous evaluation of any new sustainable chemistries and materials, particularly to detect low-dose adverse health effects such as caused by endocrine disrupting chemicals. The development and application of novel analytical and data science-based techniques to detect and investigate the chemical fate of emerging pollutants is also an area of keen interest. 

In addition to the analytical instrumentation available in the Department for walk up use in the Center for Molecular Analysis, the successful candidate will have access to a state-of-the-art remote laboratory (Academic Cloud Lab) outfitted with a suite of modern analytical instrumentation and robotic capabilities for large-scale multiplexed assays. Extensive and modern facilities and expertise for device design and prototyping are also available on campus in the Materials Characterization Facility and the Nanofabrication Facility.   

Appointments across multiple departments, which are strongly supported and part of the culture at Carnegie Mellon, are possible when appropriate.  Carnegie Mellon offers highly competitive salaries and start-up packages in an attractive urban environment.


A Ph.D. degree along with postdoctoral research experience is required. The tenure-track appointment will be made at the assistant professor level.

Carnegie Mellon University is committed to increasing the diversity of its community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. We welcome faculty applicants who will contribute to this diversity through their research, teaching, and service. Carnegie Mellon 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.

Application Instructions

Applications, including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae (including publication list), research and teaching statements, a diversity statement (outlining how you have contributed to, or plan to contribute to, diversity, inclusion, and equity), and the contact information for at least three individuals who have been asked to upload confidential letters of reference should be submitted electronically to

Applications will be reviewed starting September 30, 2021.


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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