Assistant Professor

Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Closing date
Dec 11, 2021

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Field of specialization
Work Function
Teaching-Graduate, Teaching-Undergraduate
Job Type
Full time
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The Department of Chemistry at Illinois State University is seeking applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Physical Chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 16, 2022. The successful candidate will be expected to build on the chemistry program through teaching, research, outreach, and curricular development activities. A Teacher-Scholar model is highly valued; a commitment to, and effectiveness in, classroom instruction is expected and the ability to attract external funding at the level needed to build and sustain a research program is required. Teaching responsibilities will be primarily physical chemistry courses (at the BS and MS levels), but the ability to contribute to the Department in other areas is expected. An earned doctorate in chemistry or a related field is required, and post-doctoral experience in experimental physical chemistry is preferred. Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law; salary is commensurate with experience.

Illinois State University is committed to developing a diverse pool of applicants and recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcomed to apply. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

To assure full consideration, please upload application materials, which includes a cover letter describing your interest in the position, a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, and a research plan including equipment/instrument needs, to the online faculty application posting number 512295 at . Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to the Search Committee at Reference letters that lack a signature or those sent from the candidates will not be accepted. Review of applications will begin on November 8, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Please direct questions to the Search Committee at

Illinois State University, the first public university in Illinois, has a full-time enrollment of 21,000. Initially chartered as a teacher college, Illinois State University is now a comprehensive university but still one of the nation’s top ten producers of teachers. The University, located in the central Illinois community of Bloomington-Normal, midway between Chicago and St. Louis, serves both the rural and urban areas of Illinois. With a rapidly growing population of over 125,000, the community has numerous cultural, educational and economic opportunities.

The Chemistry program at Illinois State University has a long tradition of excellence in chemistry research and teaching. Currently, there are approximately 175 chemistry, biochemistry, and chemistry teacher education majors in the Chemistry Department.  At the graduate level, there are approximately 30 students earning a research-based MS degree through the Master of Science in Chemistry degree program.

The mission of the ISU Department of Chemistry is one of strong research activity involving undergraduates and graduate students (MS level) coupled with a focus on premier teaching. The Department is often ranked in the top 25 producers of ACS-certified BS degrees, is consistently one of the largest producers of M.S. chemistry degrees at institutions that do not also offer a Ph.D. degree, and is one of the largest producers of high school chemistry teachers in the state. Details of these programs and facilities can be found on the Department web site at

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.


The Department of Chemistry at Illinois State University is one of the finest undergraduate chemistry programs in the nation. The department's success is due to its combination of the best qualities of small, private, liberal arts colleges and those of large, multipurpose universities. Twenty-one faculty members, 147 undergraduate BS majors and 40 graduate students provide a lively environment which makes ISU on the lartest producers of BS chemists and MS-thesis graduates among non Ph.D. granting institutions.
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