Utah State University

Assistant Professor in Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(10/18/2023 8:04 PM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Science
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.
Telework Eligible


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Utah State University invites applications from outstanding candidates for a Academic Year (9 Mo) tenure-track position in theoretical and computational chemistry at the Assistant Professor level estimated to start in August of 2024. The successful applicant will develop an externally funded research program in computational chemistry; preference will be given to applicants with research interests in the areas of renewable energy, materials and interface chemistry, and quantum sensing and information. Applicants must have earned a PhD in Chemistry or a closely related discipline; postdoctoral experience in computational chemistry is preferred. The position requires the development of a nationally recognized, externally funded, research program and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The teaching responsibilities will include physical chemistry courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Evaluation of applications will begin November 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.


  • Develop an innovative, externally funded research program which achieves a strong national reputation for excellence in the field
  • Participate effectively in undergraduate and graduate teaching, primarily in physical chemistry
  • Engage effectively in service, for example, graduate student supervisory committee and Departmental/College/University committee service


Minimum Qualifications:
  • PhD in chemistry or a closely related discipline
  • Research program in computational chemistry
  • Experience/training in the areas of physical chemistry  
  • Ability to develop a nationally recognized, externally funded research program involving postdocs and graduate and undergraduate students 
  • Excellent track record of publishing in top scientific journals
  • Ability to teach effectively in undergraduate and graduate courses, including upper division physical chemistry courses 
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Post-doctoral (Academic, National Laboratory, or Industrial) research experience in computational chemistry, particularly in the areas of renewable energy, materials and interface chemistry, and quantum sensing and information.
  • A strong track record of significant scholarly publications
  • Evidence of effective teaching or mentoring

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) A curriculum vitae
2) A cover letter
3) A concise description (up to 5 pages total, not including references) of the projects that would comprise your research program.
4) In a separate document, describe the necessary personnel, and a description of any major equipment needed together with cost estimates for a successful program. In particular, please describe how you might take advantage of Departmental, University, and regional facilities, as appropriate.
5) A statement of teaching philosophy, experience, and interests (2 page maximum)
6) The names and email addresses of three references. (Your references will be sent an email from USU asking them to upload a letter of recommendation on your behalf).


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.


Applicants must apply online; questions regarding the position should be directed to Ida Walters, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, ida.walters@usu.edu, 435-797-0544.

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with 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 (http://www.chem.usu.edu/) offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Chemistry and in Biochemistry. The department has a very strong record of attracting extramural research support while emphasizing quality teaching. The department is housed in two adjacent buildings (total 124,000 square feet) and is equipped with modern instrumentation, including NMR and EPR instruments staffed by a PhD scientist, as well as additional shared analytical instrumentation. The department currently enrolls 300 undergraduate student majors and 40 graduate students.

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  


As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  


Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 7/2023

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 Cody Carmichael, 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

*updated 09/2023


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