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Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Univ of Southern Maine
Portland, Maine
Salary for this position is $60,500 annually.
Closing date
Oct 27, 2022

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Southern Maine invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Physical-Polymer Chemistry for Fall 2023, beginning August 28, 2023. 

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Southern Maine is comprised of active and engaged faculty who are committed to involving students in scientific research and has been a leader in providing students with meaningful research experiences early in the curriculum.  Further information about the USM Chemistry Department can be found here

The primary teaching responsibilities will be physical chemistry lecture and laboratory, general chemistry lecture and laboratory, and advanced undergraduate courses.  Preference will be given to candidates who can teach the listed courses, and who can collaborate with the Composite Engineering Research Laboratory ( for their research.

Applicants are expected to involve undergraduates in their research and engage in university and professional service. Opportunities to form interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged. Responsibilities include undergraduate lecture and lab (normally totaling three classes per semester), advising of students, directing undergraduate projects, maintaining an active program of research and other scholarly activity. 

The targeted starting date for this position will begin in Fall 2023 on our Portland Campus and will pay annual salary of $60,500.  This is an on campus, in-person teaching position.

The University of Southern Maine is committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty, and staff. We welcome applicants who are multilingual. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

We live our USM Service Promise:  Student Focused Every Day.  We are looking for a team member who understands that promise and supports our values: Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity and Responsiveness.

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is located in the intellectual, cultural, and economic heart of Maine. Over 60 languages are spoken within an hour’s drive of our three campuses in Portland,  Gorham and Lewiston. USM’s three environmentally friendly campuses are unique, yet all share the extensive resources of the university — and all are energized through strong community partnerships. Offering easy access to Boston, plus the ocean, mountains, and forests of coastal, inland, and northern Maine, USM is at the heart of Maine's most exciting metropolitan region.  Our faculty are dedicated researchers and experts in their fields, including multiple recipients of national grants, awards, and fellowships and state, national, and global partnerships are steps from our campuses.

The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: holidays, vacation and sick time; health, dental and vision insurance; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; a tuition waiver program for employee and eligible dependents; a 403(b) retirement plan; and more.  Click on our Benefits Information Summary to learn more. 

Required Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Polymer or Physical Chemistry or an equivalent degree is required by date of appointment.  Demonstrated effective teaching, strong potential for obtaining external research funding, and effective written and oral communication skills are also required.


Employees in the University of Maine System are required to comply with UMS COVID protocols which currently include, but are not limited to, being vaccinated, obtaining a qualified vaccination exemption, and/or participating in regular COVID testing.

Please visit Together for Maine for more information on USM's successful contribution to our Covid-19 public health campaign. 

Apply online at:

Materials must be submitted via "APPLY FOR POSITION" at the bottom of the page. 

You will create an applicant profile and submit the following:   

  • Cover letter Curriculum Vitae Teaching Statement with interests and philosophy (2 pages maximum) Research Plan with description of projects and participation of undergraduates and funding requirements (2 pages maximum) Diversity & Inclusiveness Statement describing how your teaching, scholarship, mentoring, and service contribute to a university community that includes a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness as part of its core values (2 pages maximum) The names and contact information of three references

We will examine candidate packages on an ongoing basis as they are submitted. 

Questions and information about this position should be sent to Dr. Hank Tracy at

Review of applications will begin October 17, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Office of Equal Opportunity, Room 101, Boudreau Hall, Orono, ME 04469, (207) 581-1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System)


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