Tuesday, June 13, 2017

2018 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List: 4 positions

The 2018 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List (curated myself and Andrew Spaeth) has 4 positions.

Want to talk anonymously? This post will serve as the open thread. Otherwise, all discussions are on the Chemistry Faculty Jobs List webforum.

27 comments:

  1. Here is another post for a Canada Tier 2 Research Chair at the University of Ottawa. https://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/jobs/615737-tier-2-canada-research-chair-in-computational-chemistry

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  2. Salem State (Chem/Biochem): https://www.higheredjobs.com/faculty/details.cfm?JobCode=176506650&Title=Faculty%2C%20Chemistry%20%26%20Physics%20%28Biochemistry%29%2C%20Full-Time%2C%20Tenure-Track%2C%20Fall%202018

    UCF also has advertised an associate postion open in addition to the assistant: https://www.higheredjobs.com/faculty/details.cfm?JobCode=176503204&Title=Associate%20Professor%2C%20Chemistry%20%28Open%20Research%20Focus%29

    There are several new positions that list Fall 2017 desired with 2018 possible. Don't know if you want to track those.

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  3. Hi Guys, the Chem Eng part of the 2018 list is still last's year one.

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  4. Does anyone have any experience as an American applying to Canadian positions? I know most of them have an explicit statement on their posting specifying that Canadian citizens/permanent residents will be given priority. Does this requirement even make it worth applying to as an American, i.e. will I even be considered, given that the job market to begin with is extremely competitive?

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    1. As a Canadian faculty member at a Canadian university, albeit someone who has not yet been on a search committee, I can say that hasn't come up in any of our searches at the interview stage. It could be that the search committee does give priority when deciding who to interview, however we certainly have interviewed American citizens at my institution, and do have American citizens on our faculty. Having interviewed both in Canada and the USA, I can say that a big difference is in how start-up works. At most Canadian schools, I think you would be laughed at if you asked for half a million in start-up, however you need to consider CFI, and the fact that NSERC funding is ostensibly easier to get than NSF and NIH funding (though there has been a disturbing downward trend in both success and amounts, that our newish government still ahs not corrected).

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    2. Great, thanks so much for your reply and insight (I'm the original poster). That's sort of what I was hoping to hear!

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  5. Washington University School of Medicine In St. Louis has an opening for an Assistant Professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics.
    https://facultyopportunities.wustl.edu/Posting/Detail/1010143?jtsrc=https%3A%2F%2Femployers.sciencecareers.org%2F&jtsrcid=4053&jtrfr=http%3A%2F%2Fjobs.sciencecareers.org%2Fapply%2F451796%2Ffaculty-positions-in-biochemistry-and-molecular-biophysics%2F%3FLinkSource%3DJobDetails&Discipline=4&countrycode=US&_jtochash=yElnAAHRjWw7srN4UWDkg&_jtocprof=wYy9A9cjtjPEJolb7bLts5fSjYej9BuH

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  6. last minute posting for a visiting position for fall 2017 at University of Tampa. See details here: https://utampa.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Faculty/job/Tampa/Visiting-Professor-of-Chemistry_R0000996

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  7. Just a note- you have UBC-Okanagan classified as a PUI, but it is PhD program.

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  8. You have California State Polytechnic University, Pomona listed four times. They are hiring for 2 organic chemistry positions, but they are not hiring for 4.

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  9. Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Biological Chemistry

    The Department of Chemistry at Wake Forest University expects to fill a tenure-track position to begin August 2018 at the rank of Assistant Professor, although applications from more senior candidates may be considered. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Chemistry or Biochemistry and are expected to have a strong commitment to both teaching and research. The position requires teaching chemistry and biochemistry lecture and laboratory courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and establishing a vigorous, externally supported research program involving graduate and undergraduate students. Applicants with research interests in the area of biophysical chemistry or studies aimed at mechanistic function and structure of macromolecules are particularly encouraged to apply. We are a Ph.D. granting department whose mission is to lead in undergraduate and graduate education and research ventures that extend beyond the traditional boundaries of chemistry. In 2017, WFU began offering new interdisciplinary degree programs in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medicinal Chemistry, and Engineering in a redeveloped state-of-the-art 115,000-sq.ft. facility in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter (IQ, http://wakedowntown.wfu.edu/) in downtown Winston-Salem, one of the fastest-growing urban technology innovation districts in the United States. Outstanding opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaborations exist at this location and with numerous WFU Centers (http://provost.wfu.edu/centers-and-institutes/) and Wake Forest School of Medicine (http://www.wakehealth.edu/school/). Wake Forest is a private collegiate university that balances the personal attention of a liberal arts education with the intellectual vitality and broad opportunities of a research university. For quick facts about the University, go to http://admissions.wfu.edu/discover/facts.php. Interested applicants should apply via the University’s career website at: http://www.wfu.careers/ with a cover letter, CV, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, statement of research plans, statement of teaching interests and philosophy; as well as the names and contact information of 3 references. Please note materials should be in either Word or PDF format and there is a limit of 5 file uploads per applicant. References will only be contacted with prior approval of the applicant. Review of applications will begin on Oct. 16, 2017.

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  10. disclaimer to begin: I fully acknowledge that this is a sensitive subject, and has the potential for devolving into not-so-civil discussion, so if that happens I apologize CJ and feel free to delete/moderate as you see fit (not that you wouldn't anyway!).

    I have noticed that it is now somewhat common to include in application requirements a statement to the effect of how the candidate will foster and support diversity on campus/in the classroom/in the lab. I want to state outright that I am fully in favor of statements like this, and it's past overdue that we as scientists think about these issues in order to get a broader cross-section of society interested (and retained) in our profession.

    That being said - I am a white, heterosexual male, and as such I feel a bit awkward about these statements. Would it go over weirdly if I outright state that I am aware of my privilege? How do I get across that I actually do care about this stuff and I'm not just "checking the boxes" of saying the right things? And furthermore - if you're teaching sophomore organic chemistry, just how do you support diversity in the classroom anyway?

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    1. My wife taught general chemistry for non-majors - this amounts to be the course for healthcare-associated professions, preparation for nursing, dental hygiene &c. We live in the Southern US. The metric system comes up in the lecture. Again, it's the South, where in some places decent schooling is hard to come by. One kid (she was black) comes up and says very drily, if she had been to a white school she would have encountered metric units there. It helps to be aware of these issues.

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    2. I'm in the same boat. The advice I've been given is to highlight the work you have done previously to increase diversity, equity and inclusion. Most campuses have initiatives you can get involved with to do this sort of work as a grad student/postdoc.

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    3. Dropping this here. Might find it helpful.

      http://www.chronicle.com/forums/index.php/topic,248801.0.html

      My personal take is to take particular anecdotes from what you've done that fosters diversity (outreach, mentoring, class strategies) and talk about what you feel like central challenges and ways you work with them are.

      Other people take different strategies.

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    4. You can also look at it as diversity of learning styles. Read some papers from education journals. Research the latest literature about how to be an effective teacher to people of all backgrounds and cite them. I did this, believe it or not, as a woman and a lesbian - so checking two boxes, these are also awkward to write. Talking to people on search committees, they are more looking that you are not going to be an ass that thinks all students should be exactly like you in learning style and outside obligations - and if not, they just aren't cut out to be a chemist.

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    5. Trust me, we all struggle with this part of the application. I had the opportunity to read others' statements as part of a search this year and they were varied… but they all seemed to tell some narrative about how they fostered diversity. Just as with teaching statements: write them honestly, don't write them thinking you can predict what the search committee wants to hear.

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  11. UCF (open) is scheduling Skype interviews.

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  12. Question: The CUNY City Tech posting website says that the close date is 12/29/16. Is this a current posting?

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    1. i emailed the chair and was told it was still valid on ~8/9/2017 BUT they've used the *exact* same posting for many years. Also, a few of my friends have made it all the way through in person interviews with no offers being extended to anyone. I have no idea what i'm talking about for the most part, but i assume they dont actually have the $ to hire anyone and are going fishing.

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  13. Lake Forest is not actually a joint appointment. The hire will sit in the chem department, and the chem department recommends tenure etc. But the biology department has a few members on the search committee - but a minority.

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    1. It's part of their expanded biochemistry program. They hired a bio-organic chemist last year that then shares/splits teaching with this new hire to work towards developing a biochemistry program.

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  14. FYI, the position at James Madison University is for organic chemistry.

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