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Assistant Professor - Environmental Chemist

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Closing date
Jan 3, 2024

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This position is in the department of Environmental Sciences in the College of the Coast and Environment for an Environmental Chemist, ideally specializing on oil related compounds.   Candidates for this position will be expected to establish a rigorous extramural funded research program and teach courses in areas that could include but are not limited to the fate of natural and anthropogenic chemicals in freshwater and marine ecosystems as well as teach existing undergraduate and graduate level courses in these areas including but not limited to Introductory Environmental Sciences. 


Applications are not considered complete unless they include all requested documents.



Job Responsibilities:


50% Teach courses applicable to the expertise of the applicant and needs of the Department of Environmental Sciences.


30% Develop and maintain a rigorous, externally-funded research program


10% Mentor graduate students


10% Provide intramural and extramural service to the University as well as external groups.


Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D in science field


Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D in chemistry, biochemistry, geochemistry, toxicology, environmental science or related fields in the physical or biological sciences.


Competencies of position include:

Demonstrate potential to sustain an active research program Proficient

Strong publication record, commensurate with experience Proficient

Ability to provide quality mentoring and teaching to undergraduate and graduate students Proficient


The Department of Environmental Sciences in the College of the Coast and Environment invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Environmental Analytical Chemistry. We seek an individual with broad interests in this area that complement the interdisciplinary nature of the department and expertise and research areas of existing faculty. Areas of particular interest at this time include petroleum and related compounds, agricultural chemicals, marine toxins and emerging contaminants (e.g. fluorinated surfactants, pharmaceuticals, etc), however other areas will also be considered. The department has faculty with expertise spanning the physical, biological and social sciences who also work closely with faculty in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences. Candidates for this position will be expected to work collaboratively across these departments and establish a rigorous extramural funded research program in Environmental and Analytical Chemistry and teach courses in the Department of Environmental Sciences. Instructional areas will include but are not limited to teaching general education courses (e.g. Introduction to Environmental Sciences) and other undergraduate and graduate level courses aligned with the expertise of the candidate and needs of the department. Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in research is required and providing service to the University, as well as federal, state and local agencies is strongly encouraged. The successful candidate will have access to existing analytical chemistry instrumentation in the department and a generous start-up package.

Louisiana boasts 40 percent of the nation’s coastal wetlands but experiences 80 percent of the country’s wetland loss. LSU is a land-, sea-, and space- grant institution designated a major research university with a Carnegie Classification: Research Active/Very High serving more than 31,500 students.

The Department of Environmental Sciences (ENVS), within the LSU College of the Coast and Environment, is a strong and fast growing interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary program with 17 faculty spanning the disciplines of physical, biological and social sciences. The LSU campus is bordered on the west by the Mississippi River, has access to 400 miles of coastline, and easy access to the Mississippi River Delta. LSU/ENVS is situated in a prime location for investigating broad environmental topics, the Mississippi River Delta, and key marine and coastal environmental issues. ENVS is housed in the Energy, Coast, & Environment Building that features 231 offices, 81 state-of-the-art research laboratories, a 200-seat auditorium, and multiple conference facilities. The building also houses the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Science and the Center for Energy Studies. A machine shop, with a fleet of small boats and vehicles, is available along with access to larger oceanographic ships and coastal laboratory facilities through the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.
Please attach a CV and a cover letter.
Please provide three professional references including name, title, phone number and e-mail address .
Statement of Teaching (Other Document 1) and Statement of Research (Other Document 2) must be provided with application.
A copy of your transcript(s) attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire.

Background Check - An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Benefits - LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!

Remote Work - Positions approved to work remotely outside the State of Louisiana shall be employed through Louisiana State University’s partner, nextSource Workforce Solutions, for Employer of Record Services including but not limited to employment, benefits, payroll, and tax compliance. Positions employed through Employer of Record Services will be offered benefits and retirement as applicable through their provider and will not be eligible for State of Louisiana benefits and retirement.


LSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and SAME Agency:

LSU believes diversity, equity, and inclusion enrich the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff, and are necessary to prepare all people to thrive personally and professionally in a global society. We celebrate diversity and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We actively seek and encourage qualified applications from persons with diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. To learn more about how LSU is committed to diversity and inclusivity, please see LSU’s Diversity Statement and Roadmap. LSU is also designated as a State As a Model Employer (SAME) agency and provides assistance to persons needing accommodations or with the accessibility of materials. For those seeking such accommodations or assistance related to this search, we encourage you to contact the Office of Human Resource Management (


For questions or concerns related to updating your application with attachments (e.g., resumes, RS:17 documents), date of birth, or reactivating applications, please contact the LSU Human Resources Management Office at 225-578-8200 or email  For questions or concerns regarding the status of your application or salary ranges, please contact the department using the information provided in the Special Instructions section of this job posting.


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