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Faculty Positions in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University School of Engineering
Nashville, Tennessee
Salary + Benefits
Closing date
Jan 6, 2024

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The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Vanderbilt University (VU ChBE) invites applications for one or more tenured/tenure-track faculty positions at any rank. We seek outstanding candidates with principal efforts toward experiments and/or simulations in the areas of sustainability, electrochemical engineering, green manufacturing, biomolecular engineering (bioprocessing, biosystems engineering), health (immunology, neuroscience), and materials to complement existing Departmental, School, and University strengths. We seek candidates who can synergistically leverage our strong interdisciplinary environment to establish a leading research program that applies engineering approaches to solve key societal problems. This search will align with University initiatives that are departmental strengths. Research in environmental separations (clean water, CO2 removal, H2 sourcing) and in sustainable energy generation/storage (solar, biomass, batteries) that provide climate solutions are areas ripe for developing strong cross-department collaborations. Bioengineering is a vibrant area in our department, and existing programs in immunology, omics, metabolism, and neuroscience provide a supportive environment for fundamental and translational research. The successful applicant is expected to establish an independent research program with national and international recognition and teach at all levels.  A PhD in chemical engineering or a closely related discipline is required.

VU ChBE ( has annual research expenditures in excess of $7.5M and has steadily climbed the USNWR graduate rankings.  With twelve full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty, we are consistently ranked as one of the top five chemical engineering departments in the U.S. with fifteen or fewer faculty. VU ChBE is located less than a 5 min walk from Vanderbilt's other engineering and science departments and is adjacent to the Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE). VINSE is the nucleus for nanoscale materials research at Vanderbilt, and is one of numerous interdisciplinary centers and institutes on campus ( that offers comprehensive and state-of-the-art core facilities. VU ChBE is also a short walk from the clinical departments of Vanderbilt’s renowned medical center that is co-located on our campus, facilitating interdisciplinary engineering research with potential translational medical impact.

Ranked #18 nationally, Vanderbilt University is a private, internationally recognized research university located on 330 park-like acres 1.5 miles from downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Its 10 distinct schools share a single cohesive campus that values collaboration. The university enrolls over 13,500 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, including 36% minority students and over 1,400 international students from 91 countries.

With a metro population of over two million people, Nashville’s top industries by employment include trade, transportation and utilities; education and health services; professional and business services; government; and leisure and hospitality. Other industries include manufacturing, financial activities, construction, and information. Long known as a hub for health care and music, Nashville is a technology center with a considerable pool of health care, AI, and defense-related jobs available. In recent years, the city has experienced an influx of major office openings by some of the largest global tech companies and prime Silicon Valley startups.

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are.  We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity employer. We have a strong institutional commitment to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identiry, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristics protected by law. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups, in particular, are encouraged to apply.

Applications should be submitted electronically via and must include: a cover letter with names and contact information of at least three references, a complete curriculum vitae, a statement of research, and a statement of teaching philosophy. Applications received prior to January 1, 2024 will receive priority in evaluation. For full consideration, application materials must be received by January 31, 2024.

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