Santa Clara University

Department of Human Resources

Assistant Professor

Chemistry & Biochemistry Department

- Tenure Track


Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's, Ph.D., and law degrees.

Distinguished by the highest retention rate and ranked second among all master's universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is California's oldest operating institution of higher-education. The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.


Pending availability of funding, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Santa Clara University, a highly ranked Jesuit Catholic university with an ACS-approved undergraduate program and located in the Silicon Valley, will be seeking a tenure-track assistant professor beginning Fall 2014. The successful candidate is expected to establish an externally funded and productive undergraduate research program in experimental physical chemistry, contribute to departmental research and teaching objectives, and demonstrate the ability to teach physical chemistry and general chemistry effectively. The selected candidate will be required to teach a total of five quarter-long courses in the first year and six quarter-long courses thereafter.


Tenure Track


A Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in experimental physical chemistry or a closely allied field are required for this position.


Assistant Professor

Starting Date

September 1, 2014

Application Deadline

October 11, 2013


Duties include but are not limited to:
  A. Planning and teaching lecture sections of Physical Chemistry (CHEM 150, 151, and 152) and Physical Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 154), General Chemistry lecture and laboratories (CHEM 11, 12, 13), and other courses as assigned.
  B. Fulfilling all responsibilities associated with assigned courses, including  
    1. Conducting all assigned class meetings and individual conferences with students.  
    2. Holding weekly office hours on campus.
    3. Submitting student grades by the designated deadline.
    4. Fulfilling other instructional or academic duties as may be assigned by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences or the Chair of the Department.
  C. Setting up a laboratory to perform experimental research in an area of physical chemistry or materials science that will engage undergraduates and lead to sustained publication of results in reputable, peer-reviewed journals.
  D. Pursuing external funding for individual and departmental research and teaching objectives.
  E. Serving the department, the College, and the University in such capacities as needed, appropriate to rank and years of service at SCU.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter including a statement regarding applicant's experience or interest in working with people of diverse cultures and identities; (2) a curriculum vitae, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts; (3) a detailed research plan; (4) a statement of how the research plans might foster intradepartmental and interdepartmental connections (additional information relevant to this statement is available on the departmental website:; (5) a statement of teaching philosophy; (6) one representative example of scholarship, e.g., in-press or published article; (7) sample syllabi and teaching evaluations for any lecture course(s) taught; and (8) three letters of recommendation. All materials should be sent in electronic form (Word and/or PDF format) to




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Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

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