The Department of Chemistry at WKU invites applications for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in all areas of Analytical Chemistry starting August 2024. A higher rank may be considered for exceptional candidates.
WKU has a new science building opened in December 2017, with considerable space to expand chemistry laboratory and research facilities. The Department of Chemistry engages students at the graduate (MS) and undergraduate levels, including the involvement of students from The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, a nationally-renowned residential high school. Students from the department have recently won national awards (Goldwater, Fulbright), and faculty have active grants from national agencies.
Our more recent major instrument acquisitions include: Thermogravimetric Analyzers that are part of our nationally recognized Thermal Analysis Laboratory (https://www.wku.edu/artp/ta_lab.php), Atomic Force Microscope, Inductively Coupled Plasma Emission Spectrophotometer, Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer, Liquid Chromatograph-triple quadrupole Mass Spectrometer, Single Crystal X-ray Diffractometer, X-ray Powder Diffractometer, X-ray Fluorescence Spectrophotometer, Scanning Electron Microscope with an Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrophotometer, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer and a 400 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Spectrophotometer. Many of these instruments are housed at our Advanced Materials Institute Laboratory (https://www.wku.edu/artp/ami.php#coreproducts).
The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous, externally-funded research program in the field of analytical chemistry involving both undergraduates and MS students, maintain teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels, advise students, provide evidence of ability to teach courses in analytical chemistry, desire to include undergraduate students in research projects, evidence of ability to write grant proposals, evidence of ability to work and communicate well with diverse groups of students and fellow faculty and serve on Departmental and University committees appropriate to their expertise and interest.
The position includes teaching a combination of two classes or labs per semester during the first two to three years of appointment. Early years example assignments may be CHEM 330 Quantitative Analysis Lecture and Laboratories, or CHEM 435 Instrumental Analysis and CHEM 436 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory, or CHEM 531 Advanced Analytical Chemistry and CHEM 120 College Chemistry I. Most labs include teaching assistantship help.
After the first three years, teaching loads are determined based on research and service productivity, though they typically do not exceed a 3/3 (combination of three lectures/labs in the spring/fall semester) load for faculty with active research students. Job Requirements:
- Ph.D. in chemistry (analytical track)
- Postdoctoral research experience (minimum two years by July 2024)
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