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Assistant Professor in Inorganic Chemistry

Butler University
Indianapolis, Indiana
Commensurate with Experience + Benefits
Closing date
Oct 18, 2023

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Position Overview

The Clowes Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Butler University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in inorganic chemistry.  Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to excellent undergraduate teaching that promotes inclusive and equity-minded learning environments for an increasingly diverse student population. Candidates should also be able to propose laboratory-based research projects that can support the department’s strong undergraduate research programs and complement existing expertise in the department. 

A Ph.D. in chemistry is required, with teaching and research interests in the broadly defined area of inorganic chemistry.  Teaching responsibilities will include foundational and upper-division courses in Inorganic Chemistry, as well as potential Special Topics courses in the applicant’s subspecialty. This position will also contribute to the lecture and laboratory components of our collaborative introductory chemistry series. Total teaching load will be approximately nine credits per semester (typically 9-12 contact hours per semester).   

Job Responsibilities: 

• Teaching responsibilities will include General Chemistry lecture and laboratory, Inorganic Chemistry I and II, or upper-division elective courses and laboratories in inorganic or a related field. Total teaching load will be 9 credit hours per semester (typically 9-12 contact hours). 
• Establish a laboratory-based research program in inorganic chemistry. Mentor and oversee undergraduate researchers. Communicate results through peer-reviewed papers, presentations, and other communications appropriate to the discipline. Pursue external funding for research.  
• Provide academic and career advising and mentoring to undergraduate students. 
• Engage with the department, university, and greater STEM community through service and other forms of academic citizenship.   

Required Qualifications: 
• A Ph.D. in Chemistry  
• Expertise and research record in inorganic chemistry or a closely related field 
• A strategy for effective teaching and/or mentoring undergraduate students with a variety of backgrounds, identities, and experiences, including those historically marginalized in the sciences. 

Preferred Qualifications: 
• Postdoctoral and/or professional record. 
• Evidence of engaging teaching at the undergraduate level  
• A laboratory-based research program that can support undergraduate research. 
• A strategy for, or evidence of, the ability to work with or within communities historically marginalized in the sciences. 

To Apply:

  • A cover letter discussing qualifications for and interest in the position
  • CV
  • Statement of teaching interests which highlights strategies for inclusive and evidence-based pedagogies 
  • Statement of research interests with plans for a program of research with the support of undergraduate students
  • Transcripts of graduate work or other evidence of terminal degree(s) (unofficial is acceptable for candidate review)
  • List of 3 professional references, including name, title, and contact information (shortlisted candidates will then be asked to provide three letters of recommendation) 

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Please direct questions to search committee chair, John Esteb, Ph.D.,  Position will begin on August 15, 2024


Founded by abolitionist Ovid Butler in 1855 on the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, Butler University is a private, nationally recognized comprehensive university consisting of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the Lacy School of Business, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Jordan College of the Arts, and College of Communication. Approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and doctoral students are enrolled at Butler, representing 46 states and 24 countries. Ranked #1 in the Midwest region by U.S. News and World Report and recognized for “best undergraduate teaching” and “most innovative schools,” Butler is located just five miles from downtown Indianapolis, a cultural center of both the state and the country (

Butler University is an equal opportunity employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees.  We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.


The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering is a small, vibrant department with 4 full-time faculty and about 45 majors, housed in the beautiful Fairbanks building. Butler University, founded in 1855 on the principle of equal access to higher education for both genders and all races, is located on a 290-acre campus in the heart of a vibrant and diverse neighborhood and city. Butler enjoys a national reputation for excellence and quality, and has been ranked among the top institutions in its Carnegie category. Butler encompasses five colleges, with an enrollment of 3800 undergraduate and 500 graduate students, and emphasizes a liberal arts-based education with more than 60 academic majors.

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