Department Head of Chemical and Biological Engineering at South Dakota Mines

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Rapid City, South Dakota
salary commensurate with experience
Closing date
Nov 30, 2022
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The Karen M. Swindler Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology invites applications for a 12-month position of Department Head and Associate Professor or Full Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering. A PhD in Chemical Engineering or in a closely related field is required for the position. The applicant should have a strong record of teaching, funded research, and service to warrant a tenured appointment, subject to SD Board of Regents approval. The successful applicant should share our commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, help lead quality, targeted growth of our research program, promote fundraising and industrial relations, foster faculty development, and support collaborations with other academic programs. The Department Head supervises the CBE faculty and staff and reports directly to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. The desired start date for the position is June 2023.

The CBE Department offers an ABET-accredited BS degree in Chemical Engineering, an MS degree in Chemical Engineering, and a PhD degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering. We have a reputation for producing excellent engineers who are sought by both industry and top graduate programs. Department enrollment is approximately 170 BS, 20 MS, and 25 PhD students. Our 13 faculty have broad expertise in the multidisciplinary areas of renewable energy, advanced materials, bioprocessing, and polymer science and engineering. Department research activities are supported by major federal agencies, the State of South Dakota, and industrial sponsors with active grants of ~$64M. The CBE Department also leads and collaborates on several research projects/centers on campus.

Established in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities.  South Dakota Mines is located in Rapid City, SD, and delivers a best-in-class education at an affordable price, with a supportive and collaborative campus community that prepares graduates to become in-demand leaders in today’s fastest-growing industries. 

Known for our academic rigor, we maintain an average class size of 24 and our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. College students who are serious about their future, passionate about STEM, and eager to solve society’s most pressing problems excel at Mines. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering.  South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls around 2,400 students from 45 states and 40 countries and is ranked as the best engineering school for return on investment by College Factual. The placement rate for recent Mines graduates is 97 percent in their field of study. 

Rapid City is the state’s second largest city (with an urban population of 77,503 and metropolitan population of 148,749) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the university. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit:

South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a talented workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life coverage options for employees, spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin November 28, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

South Dakota Mines does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status in employment or the provision of service. 

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