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Department Head in Chemistry 2022

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Feb 3, 2022

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The Department of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University ( seeks a dynamic and forward-thinking leader for the position of Department Head. The successful candidate will lead the Department into an exciting future, with resources and opportunities provided by a new interdisciplinary science building and large investments in automated science (, empowering the Department to tackle critical problems in sustainability, health and life sciences.

The Department of Chemistry currently includes 24 tenure-track, 5 teaching-track, and 3 research-track faculty members, a graduate program with 76 Ph.D. students, and 96 upperclass undergraduate majors. Our departmental culture values multidisciplinary, collaborative research and teaching that lead to creative solutions to the most urgent societal problems. We exploit our strengths in the core disciplines of chemistry to expand the interfaces with sustainability, biotechnology and materials science. We also have a growing emphasis on the use of data science and automation to accelerate discovery, with the Department playing a key role in the development of the University’s $40M Cloud Lab for automated science (


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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