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Virginia Tech Chemical Engineering
Blacksburg, Virginia
Up to $190,000 per year
Closing date
Nov 27, 2021

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Research-Applied, Teaching-Undergraduate
Job Type
Full time
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The Department of Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech seeks applications for a Tenure Track
Professor at the Associate or Full Professor level. Candidates from any research field are
welcome to apply, and those with a biomedical or biomolecular focus are particularly welcome.
The department has a strong focus in the biomedical research area. Suitable candidates will be
considered for an endowed Chair. We are seeking candidates motivated to contribute to a
collegial, interdisciplinary community with a strong tradition of both fundamental and applied
The Department ( is home to 17.5 full-time faculty members, including
several early career awardees, holders of endowed and named professorships. The department
benefits from excellent facilities with most of the faculty located in the recently constructed
Goodwin Hall. We have an enthusiastic faculty including a number of recent new hires.
Disciplinary areas of specialization include biomedical engineering, catalysis and surface science,
colloids and interfaces, membranes and advanced separations, polymer science and
engineering, process design and systems engineering, and supercritical fluids. The current annual
departmental research expenditures exceed $3.8 M.
Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and
outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut
Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of
community, diversity, and excellence. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of
candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. The undergraduate program
in the College of Engineering ranks 13th among all U.S. engineering schools (US News and World
Reports). The Mission of the College of Engineering is to educate and inspire our students to be
critical thinkers, innovators and leaders. Our core values are inclusiveness, excellence, integrity,
perseverance and stewardship.
This faculty position will be filled at Virginia Tech's main campus, located in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Blacksburg, and the surrounding areas, are consistently ranked among the country's best places
to live. In addition, our program in the Washington, D.C. area offers unique proximity to
government and industry partners and is also expanding rapidly, with Virginia Tech’s exciting new
Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA, slated to open in 2024. Additional opportunities for
interdisciplinary collaboration across the University, include the Department of Biomedical
Engineering and Mechanics, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Fralin Life Science Institute,
the Center for Emerging, Zoonotic, and Arthropod-borne Pathogens (CeZAP), the Institute for
Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), the Global Change Center, and Virginia Tech
Carillion School of Medicine. Further, the U.S. NSF-sponsored NanoEarth Center, the ICTAS
supported Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory, and the Advanced Research
Computing (ARC) Center provide access to centralized instrumentation and computational
The department of Chemical Engineering is affiliated with three Interdisciplinary Graduate
Education Programs at Virginia Tech - Computational Tissue Engineering, Macromolecular
science and Engineering, and Regenerative Medicine. Members of the faculty participate in the
Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, the
Macromolecules Innovation Institute, the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. The department
currently has an enrollment of approximately 60 graduate students and 300 undergraduate
students. The graduate program is ranked 33rd among US Engineering Schools (US News and
World Reports)
The successful candidate will have a distinguished record of scholarly publications, funded
research, teaching effectiveness, professional and university service. They should also have
experience with and commitment to interdisciplinary research and instruction and a willingness to
expand disciplinary boundaries to address complex technical and societal challenges. The
successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as
documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or exemption status.
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or
a related field.
Applicants must apply online at (job number 517914). Application materials will include
a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement discussing teaching, research, and professional
goals, a statement on contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contact
information for at least three references. Review of applications will commence on December 15,
2021 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position should be directed
to Dr. Padma Rajagopalan, Chair Search Committee, at (540-231-4851).
The Department fully embraces Virginia Tech’s commitment to increase faculty, staff, and student
diversity; to ensure a welcoming, affirming, safe, and accessible campus climate; to advance our
research, teaching, and service mission through inclusive excellence; and to promote sustainable
transformation through institutionalized structures. Virginia Tech does not discriminate against
employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including
pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin,
political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate
against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or
the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law. If you
are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation, please contact Stacey Ratcliffe at at least 10 days prior to the event.

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