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Assistant Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry

Rochester Institute of Technology | School of Chemistry and Materials Science
Rochester, New York
$80,000 to $85,000
Closing date
Dec 16, 2023

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The School of Chemistry and Materials Science (SCMS) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position, beginning in August 2024.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration.

The RIT College of Science (COS) places Access, Equity, and Diversity as prominent values within the college. We seek to build a network of researchers that will support ongoing work in COS to forge a path forward as we grow our strategic research areas and who will contribute to a climate of respect and inclusion within our college community. As one of the top external grant-funded colleges on campus, the College of Science gives students unrivaled opportunities to engage in real-world research with supportive faculty mentors.  In 2018 the School of Chemistry & Materials Science received $4M toward its Chemical Analysis Facility. The instrumentation recently purchased include, but not limited to, GCMS, LCMS, FPLC, GPC, fluorescence lifetime, NMR, EDXRF, SEM, and IR and Raman microscopies that will all be fully available to the candidate that fills this position. A full list of available instrumentation can found on the RIT College of Science Chemical Analysis Laboratory website.

The College of Science currently has several strategic priorities, including efforts to attract and retain high-quality, diverse faculty, students, and staff; to ensure an inclusive campus culture and a global mindset; to advance research and scholarship; to capitalize on key partnerships and current strengths to increase the community, regional, and global impact of COS; and to incentivize, support, recognize, and reward scholarly engagement activities by students, faculty, and staff. We plan to hire faculty who can contribute to some or all of these strategic priorities.

The School of Chemistry & Materials Science offers undergraduate degrees in Chemistry
and Biochemistry, Master's degrees in Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering, and several BS/MS program options. The school currently has 23 faculty members and supports approximately 150 BS Chemistry and Biochemistry majors, 20 MS students in Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering, and many BS/MS students. For more information on our school, please visit our web page at



Required Qualifications: A PhD degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a closely related discipline.

- Postdoctoral research experience

- Evidence of sustained peer reviewed publications in disciplinary journals

Preferred Qualifications: Priority will be given to candidates who have:

- A proposed independent research program: 

- with research focus of analytical, bioanalytical, or environmental chemistry.

- that will attract external funding from agencies such as NIH, NSF, industry, or other governmental or private sources.

- that will incorporate both undergraduate and graduate students at RIT.

- that will leverage our chemical instrumentations and/or incorporate advanced tools such as AI, big data, and advanced analytical, instrumental, or bioanalytical techniques.   

All applicants will be evaluated but preference will be made to those proposing an analytical research program that focuses on biological or environmental systems. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and multicultural competence in an educational and work environment and must be willing to contribute to the College's continuing commitment to access, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Required Application Documents:

- Cover Letter

- Curriculum Vitae or Resume

- List of References

- Statement of Diversity Contribution

- Statement of Teaching Philosophy

How To Apply:

Apply online at; search openings, then Keyword Search 8270BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae addressing the required and preferred qualifications, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:

- Executive summary of proposed research (1 page)

- Proposed research plan (up to 6 pages plus references)

- Brief statement of teaching philosophy (1-2 pages)

- Names and contact information for three references (short listed candidates will be asked to provide letters of reference)

Diversity Statement (1-2 pages)

Additional Details:

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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