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Assistant Professor of Chemistry

University of North Dakota, Department of Chemistry
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Salary dependent on experience
Closing date
Feb 10, 2023


The Department of Chemistry at the University of North Dakota invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with research interests in theoretical/computational quantum computing. This is a 9-month position beginning August 16, 2023, and is contingent upon availability of funding.


The Chemistry Department is housed in the College of Arts & Sciences and offers an ACS-certified B.S. degree, B.S./M.S. and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest research university in North Dakota. It is the state’s flagship university and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. Founded with a strong liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university and was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region. UND offers degrees in more than 225 fields of study with nearly 14,000 students. It is the home of the state’s only School of Law. The School of Medicine has major initiatives in rural and public health, and Aerospace is home to one of the first and largest unmanned aerial vehicle programs in the world.

UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 57,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. Short commutes, a great public school system, high quality medical facilities, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of Grand Forks’ advantages. Ranked as one of the top five Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.


Benefits Benefits include single or family health care coverage (UND pays the full premium), basic life insurance, employee assistance program, retirement plans with generous employer contributions, and 10 paid holidays.

Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of professional development opportunities.

Find out more about UND's great benefits and perks here!


Duties & Responsibilities

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong record of research accomplishments including published peer-reviewed papers. Furthermore, the successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding promise for establishing a sustainable research program that will attract external funds and be aligned with UND’s Grand Challenges with respect to the National Security/Space Initiative and/or Big Data Securing external funding will be expected for tenure.

This position will have approximate effort distribution of 30% teaching, 60% research, and 10% service for the initial 2-3 years of appointment. Applicants should be strongly committed to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will be expected to focus on development and instruction of physical chemistry courses in both online and on-campus formats and at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The anticipated teaching load is two courses per academic year along with supervision of graduate and undergraduate research.

All faculty are expected to contribute service within the department, college, university, and community. UND and the College of Arts & Sciences value diverse perspectives and seek applicants who are committed to helping students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed.


Required Competencies

  • Established capability of conducting and publishing scientific studies
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to teach, inspire, and mentor students
  • Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and students
  • Ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues within and outside the Department of Chemistry
  • Ability to adapt to current methods of teaching, including online delivery
  • Alignment with UND Grand Challenges with respect to the National Security/Space Initiative and/or Big Data
  • Potential to procure external funding to support research


Minimum Requirements

  • Earned PhD in Chemistry or a related field by 8/15/2023
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Postdoctoral experience in a department of chemistry, materials, physics, or related area
  • Research experience in application of quantum computing to chemical physics/physical chemistry or atomic, molecular, or optical physics
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing and teaching physical chemistry courses Experience with development and instruction of online courses
  • Experience engaging with a diverse population of students and colleagues


Minimum Hiring Salary

Salary dependent on experience


Contract Period/Start Date

Position is full-time, benefited and exempt. Dates of initial contract are August 16, 2023 to May 15, 2024. Summer teaching may be available but is neither guaranteed nor required.


To Apply

For full consideration, applications must be received by February 15, 2023 and include the following materials:

  • Letter of application
  • Resumé
  • Copies of all college transcripts, unofficial copies are acceptable. Please note that the selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts upon hire.
  • Description of research plans (3 pp max)
  • Teaching philosophy, including diversity statement (3 pp max)
  • Three letters of recommendation to be sent to the Chemistry Department email at: Position is open until filled.

Questions can be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry via email:


Additional Information

To find out why living and working in Greater Grand Forks is way cooler, check out Grand Forks is Cooler.

All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three or more finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.


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