Assistant Professor - Experimental Physical Chemistry
Michigan Technological University - Houghton, MI

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Position Information

Position Title
Assistant Professor - Experimental Physical Chemistry


Main Campus (Houghton, MI)

Position Type

Full-time/ Part-time

Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%)

Appointment Term
9 Month

Pay Type
Salary Basis

Title of Position Supervisor
Department Chair
Position Summary Information To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary
Applicants for this position must demonstrate the ability to initiate and sustain a vigorous externally funded research program, contribute to the teaching mission at the graduate and undergraduate levels, possess good spoken and written communication skills, and participate in Department, College, and University service activities. Priority will be given to candidates with postdoctoral research experience, previous university teaching experience, a strong record of publications, and a well-designed strategy for the development of an externally funded research program.

Applications are invited from candidates with research interests in experimental physical chemistry. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry or a closely related field. Preference will be given to those with demonstrated expertise in developing a molecular-level understanding of materials behavior using spectroscopic methodologies applied to the solid state. Such materials could include (but need not be limited to) electronic and meta-materials; magnetic and ferroelectric materials; bio-inspired materials; the broad area of nano-materials, etc.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)
1. Develop and teach classes in first year University chemistry and area of specialization at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
2. Establish an externally funded, nationally recognized research program.
3. Participate in departmental governance through committee assignments, faculty meeting participation, and other collegial activities.
4. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.
5. To be (or become) familiar with laboratory lab safety practice to promote a safe laboratory working environment.
6. Demonstrate commitment to a safe-working environment by integrating safety‐related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education (minimum requirements)
• Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry or a closely related field.
Required Experience (minimum requirements)
• Teaching experience in a north American university (may be achieved as a graduate student)
• Experience in preparing and submitting manuscripts for publication in refereed research journals (may be achieved as a graduate student)
• Previous participation in grant writing and a general understanding of the US research funding processes (may be achieved as a graduate student)
Desirable Education and/or Experience
Postdoctoral research experience is preferred.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff. **
• Demonstrated commitment to a culture of safety by having established safety as a key professional value and essential component of daily practice.
• Demonstrated leadership of safety principles and practices.
Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands
The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
• Assess effectiveness of safety measures and training and implement necessary changes. Anticipate and recognize problems and potential problems at the individual and system levels.
• Communicate position requirements for training needs to appropriate personnel to gain necessary resources. Ensure that employee training records are maintained.
• Ensure compliance with all applicable university, state, and federal safety regulations.
• Demonstrated understanding of university, state, and federal safety requirements and expectations.
• Recognize and respond appropriately to potential and actual unsafe situations.
• Initiate accident/incident/near‐miss investigation process.
• Carry out workplace and task hazard identification and risk assessments.
• Monitor and review workplace safety strategies and accountabilities and implement appropriate changes.
• Identify specialized project risks.
• Develop and document action plans for responding to disasters and other emergencies.
• Provide support to incident command operations to manage responses to disasters and other emergencies.
• Analyze adverse event and near misses and provide examples on how future events could be avoided.
Posting Detail Information

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Posting Type
Internal & External Posting

Internal Posting Date

External Posting Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)
Please include estimated start up costs when submitting your research plan.

Additional Information
Michigan Tech is an internationally renowned doctoral research university located in Houghton, on the south shore of Lake Superior, in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula. The area provides a unique setting where natural beauty, culture, education, and a diversity of residents from around the world come together to share a superb living and learning experience.

Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, one of a select group of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM .

Michigan Tech acknowledges the importance of supporting dual career partners in attracting and retaining a quality workforce, and is committed to offering career exploration advice and assistance whenever feasible and appropriate at the University and in the local community. See for additional information.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

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