Utah State University

Research Professor (Open Rank)

City Vernal
Posted Date 1 month ago(7/8/2022 6:35 PM)
Requisition ID
2022-5358
# of Openings
1
Job Locations
US-UT-Vernal
Category (Portal Searching)
Faculty
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Faculty
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
100%
College
College of Science
Department
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits

Overview

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for a full-time, twelve-month research faculty position (non-tenure-track) at any level. The position is with the USU Bingham Research Center (binghamresearch.usu.edu) and the performance location is Vernal, Utah (dinoland.com). The position begins in summer or fall 2023. Applicants should have a PhD in chemistry or a related discipline, with graduate, post-doctoral, or other experience in environmental chemistry, atmospheric science, industrial emissions, environmental modeling, or related fields.

 

The Bingham Research Center has ongoing, stable funding for research related to the atmospheric impacts of oil and gas development, wintertime ozone, and other air quality issues specific to eastern Utah. We expect applicants to demonstrate readiness to participate in these research areas, as well as an ability to develop an externally funded research program in areas of the applicant’s choice. The Bingham Center focuses on the environmental impacts of energy development and the chemistry of all compartments of the environment. Applicants’ research experience and plans should relate to these focuses. 

Completed applications will be reviewed starting October 1, 2022. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Responsibilities

This is a full-time, twelve-month appointment with a 90:10 division of effort between research and service. Teaching opportunities may arise but are not guaranteed. The successful candidate will be expected; (i) to carry out high-quality research, including external research funding, which achieves a strong national reputation for excellence in the field and (ii) to engage effectively in service (for example, Departmental/College/University committee service and outreach to stakeholders in government, industry, and the public).


The Bingham Research Center’s mission is to perform research that benefits the local community, residents of Utah, and the world. Research results generated by the Bingham Research Center are regularly used by stakeholders in local, state, and federal governments (including elected officials); native American tribes; the energy industry; environmental advocacy organizations; and the public. Outreach and relationship building with all of these these stakeholder groups, and involvement of diverse stakeholders in research planning and execution, will be a routine part of this position.


Student involvement is also critical to the Bingham Center’s mission.  The successful applicant will mentor undergraduate and graduate students and involve students in research. 

 

Applicants from groups underrepresented in the physical sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications for the research assistant professor level:

  • PhD in chemistry or a related discipline
  • Graduate, post-doctoral, or other experience in environmental chemistry, atmospheric science, industrial emissions, environmental modeling, or related fields.
  • Demonstrated excellence in research (including through peer reviewed publications) together with clear potential for significant and sustained future contributions to the research areas described above.
  • Demonstrated skill in oral and written communication

Preferred qualifications for the research assistant professor level:

 

  • Experience writing grant proposals and obtaining research grant funding.

  • Experience and a desire to mentor students and involve them in research.

  • Experience and a desire to communicate research results to stakeholders and the public. This includes the abilities to (1) clearly explain scientific concepts to non-scientific audiences, and (2) respect a diversity of viewpoints and engage respectfully with diverse stakeholders, including those that may hold non-scientific views.

Minimum and preferred qualifications for the research associate professor level include those listed for the research assistant professor level and also include:

  • A consistent record of proposal writing and research funding over a period of at least five to seven years
  • A consistent record of peer-reviewed publications and other research products over a period of at least five to seven years
  • Recognition by peer scientists as a national expert in environmental chemistry, atmospheric science, industrial emissions, environmental modeling, or related fields

Minimum and preferred qualifications for the full research professor level include those listed for the research assistant professor level and also include:

  • A consistent record of proposal writing and research funding over a period of ten or more years, including salary funding for self and students or other researchers
  • A consistent record of peer-reviewed publications and other research products over a period of ten or more years, including research products that demonstrate excellence and recognition by peer scientists
  • Recognition by peer scientists as a national and international leader in environmental chemistry, atmospheric science, industrial emissions, environmental modeling, or related fields
    Demonstration of research output that is impactful, original, and broadly significant

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. A curriculum vitae (under “Resume/CV”).
  2. A cover letter (under “Other Documents 1 – 10”).
  3. A statement of the applicant’s proposed research program and how that will be developed, including the expected level of personnel and major equipment needed (under “Other Documents 1 – 10”). Describe how your research complements current research at the Bingham Research Center and the USU Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and how you might take advantage of existing Bingham Center and University facilities. Since a major component of this position involves stable, ongoing funding to research air quality issues specific to the Uinta Basin region, successful research statements will include a clear description of how the applicant will advance the existing body of research that pertains to Uinta Basin air quality. Papers, reports, and summaries of this topic are available at usu.edu. The position does not include a startup package, but the Bingham Research Center is well equipped with laboratory and field instrumentation and computational capabilities (www.usu.edu/binghamresearch/capabilities-instrumentation).
  4. A description of the applicant’s experience with, desire for, and philosophy relating to dissemination of research results to non-academic stakeholders with diverse views and motivations (under “Other Documents 1 – 10”). This document should include specific examples of the applicant’s experience or, for early-career applicants, specific ways the applicant intends to carry out this work.

In addition, the applicant should arrange for two or three letters of recommendation, which describe and evaluate the applicant's research record and, as appropriate, teaching record, to be supplied. The letters should specifically address the applicant’s potential for excellence as an independent researcher. Letters must be on institutional/company letterhead and must be emailed directly by the letter author to seth.lyman@usu.edu.

 

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

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits

ADA

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

College/Department Highlights

The USU Bingham Research Center focuses on environmental chemistry and the environmental impacts of energy development. Our research is internationally regarded and yet has a meaningful impact on the health and economic outcomes of our local community. We receive $1.2 million in research funding annually from grantors at all levels of government and from private industry. We have an endowment for student researchers and have involved dozens of graduate and undergraduate students in our work. The Bingham Center’s research is respected and widely utilized by stakeholders of all political affiliations, by a wide range of local, state, federal, and tribal agencies, and by private industry and environmental advocates alike. Our campus is minutes from world-class mountain biking, fishing, river rafting, high mountain wilderness, slick rock, and more. Dinoland.com provides information about Vernal and the incredible Uinta Basin area.

 

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (chem.usu.edu) 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. 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 one of only 146 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 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 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 115 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 Career Assistance 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 hr@usu.edu.

 

USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.

 

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 Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

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

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov

 

*Updated 08/2022

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