Assistant Professor - Chemistry & Material Science - RIT (5439BR)

Requisition Number: 5439BR

School/Department: Chemistry & Material Science

College : College of Science

Faculty Rank : Assistant Professor
Tenure Status: Tenure-Track

Anticipated Start Date: Aug 2021

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The School of Chemistry and Materials Science (SCMS) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position, beginning in August 2021.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. We are seeking individuals who are committed to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.


The School of Chemistry & Materials Science offers undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Master’s degrees in Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering, and several BS/MS program options. The school currently has 22 faculty members and supports approximately 149 BS Chemistry and Biochemistry majors, 37 MS students in Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering, and many BS/MS students. For more information on our school, please visit our web page at


The RIT College of Science offers 13 undergraduate programs and 14 graduate programs including 4 PhD and 17 BS/MS programs. The College has established an inclusive community that embraces social justice and equity among our education, research, and the scientific community at large. Our students benefit from the intersection of science and technology at RIT, including access and training with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and facilities starting in their first year at RIT. As one of the top external grant-funded colleges on campus, the College of Science gives students unrivaled opportunities to engage in real-world research with supportive faculty mentors. Our alumni stand out from their peers at Cornell, MIT, Harvard, Regeneron, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and the Cleveland Clinic, just to name a few.


Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at


  • A PhD degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a closely related discipline
  • A strong record of publications

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS - Priority will be given to candidates who have:

  • Postdoctoral research experience
  • A proposed independent research program:
    • in an area synergistic with or complementary to SCMS strategic research thrusts, including but not limited to structural biophysics, photoactive materials, and bioanalytical chemistry
    • that will attract external funding
    • that will incorporate both undergraduate and graduate students at RIT
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to access, equity, diversity, and inclusion


Apply online at; search openings, then Keyword Search 5439BR. Please submit your online application; curriculum vitae; cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications and upload the following attachments:

  • Executive summary of proposed research (1 page)
  • Proposed research plan (up to 6 pages plus references)
  • Brief statement of teaching philosophy (1-2 pages)
  • Names and contact information for three references (short listed candidates will be asked to provide letters of reference)
  • Diversity Statement (1-2 pages)

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To receive full consideration all application materials should be received by February 15th, 2021. The position will be kept open until a suitable candidate is found.

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