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Assistant Professor in Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

USU, College of Science, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Logan, Utah
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Closing date
Jun 22, 2024

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. The position will be located on the main Logan campus with an estimated start date of August 2025. Applicants should have a PhD in chemistry (or closely related field) with a graduate or post-doctoral background in experimental organic chemistry, or a related field. Applicants whose proposed research area overlaps with, but does not duplicate, existing research areas in the Department are particularly encouraged to apply. Completed applications will be reviewed starting October 1, 2024. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.



This is a full-time, nine-month (academic year) appointment with a 50:40:10 division of effort between research, teaching, and service. To advance in the ranks, the successful candidate will be expected; (i) to develop an innovative, externally funded research program which achieves a strong national reputation for excellence in the field; (ii) to participate effectively in undergraduate and graduate teaching, primarily in organic chemistry; (iii) to engage effectively in service, for example, graduate student supervisory committee and Departmental/College/University committee service.

Utah State University encourages interdisciplinary research, and USU faculty have a history of innovative interdisciplinary education, training and research, including a strong commitment to supporting successful grant proposal writing.


Applications from groups underrepresented in the physical sciences are encouraged.



Minimum Qualifications

PhD in chemistry or a closely related field with research experience in experimental organic chemistry or a closely related field Demonstrated excellence in research (as evidenced by peer reviewed publications) together with clear potential for significant and sustained future contributions in research and teaching


Preferred Qualifications

Post-doctoral (Academic, National Laboratory, or Industrial) research experience in experimental organic chemistry or a closely related field A strong track record of significant scholarly publications



Required Documents

Along with the online application, please upload:


1. A curriculum vitae (under "Resume/CV")
2. A cover letter (under "Other Documents 1 – 10")

3. An executive summary of your research program (1 page maximum)

4. A concise description (up to 5 pages total, not including references) of the projects that would comprise your research program (under "Other Documents 1 – 10") 

5. In a separate document, describe the necessary personnel, and a description of any major equipment needed together with cost estimates (under "Other Documents 1 – 10") for a successful program. In particular, please describe how your proposed research would complement current research in the Department and how you might take advantage of Departmental, University, and Regional facilities, as appropriate.
6. A statement of teaching philosophy, experience and interests (2 page maximum) (under "Other Documents 1 – 10")
7. The applicant should provide the names, affiliations and contact information (name, telephone, professional e-mail address) of a least three professional references who can evaluate the applicant's research record and, as appropriate, teaching record (under "Candidate Profile"). Reference letters (signed, on institutional/company letterhead, PDFs only) should specifically address the applicant's potential for excellence as an independent researcher and innovative teacher.

** Document size may not exceed 10 MB. **

Advertised Salary


commensurate w/experience plus excellent benefits



Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.

College/Department Highlights


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry ( is ACS accredited and offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Chemistry and in Biochemistry. The Department is committed to excellence in research and teaching. It is housed in two connected buildings. Together, the buildings total 124,000 square feet. The Department is equipped with modern instrumentation, including NMR and EPR instruments staffed by a PhD scientist, as well as additional shared analytical instrumentation and shared computational cluster resources. The Department currently enrolls approximately 300 undergraduate student majors and 40 graduate students.



University Highlights


Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is only one of 137 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,700 students, including 24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 26 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful  Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Support Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at



Notice of Non-discrimination


In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.


The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matt Pinner,, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matt Pinner,, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit, or contact:


U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481,

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695,



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