Employment Opportunities

Assistant Professor Specializing in Physical Chemistry

Apply now Job No: 501780
Work Type: Faculty Full Time
Location: Dayton, OH
Category: Faculty
Department: Chemistry - 208110
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Position Summary:

The Opportunity

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Dayton invites applications for a benefit-eligible, tenure-track position in Physical Chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor from candidates with the education, skills, and experience to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in physical chemistry starting on August 16, 2024.  Although all candidates with research interests and experience in physical chemistry are invited to apply, candidates with a research focus in laser photochemistry and spectroscopy and/or computational chemistry are preferred. The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary with full benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement, disability, support for a dual-career program for spouses of prospective and newly hired faculty, a relocation package, and tuition remission benefits. 

Department of Chemistry

The American Chemical Society certified Department of Chemistry at the University of Dayton is an exciting, collaborative place to work where opportunities exist with department colleagues and other colleagues from across campus. The department offers a B.A degree in chemistry;  B.S. degrees in: Chemistry; Biochemistry; Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and a growing graduate program including an accelerated Bachelors Plus Masters degree path and a M.S. in Chemistry.  Recognizing the value of hands-on training opportunities, the department also supports undergraduate summer research projects where students gain experience using a wide-array of shared instrumentation.  Recent instrument acquisitions include: GC/MS, UV-VIS-NIR, TGA, DSC, Bipotentiostat, and a Bruker 400 MHz NMR.  For candidates with interests in laser photochemistry and spectroscopy, the department has a  pulsed Nd:laser with first, second (215 millijoule per pulse, 6.5 nanosecond pulse width), third and fourth harmonic capabilities and a Nd:YAG-pumped dye laser with frequency doubler with a total actinic wavelength range of approximately 260-10,000 nm.  In fall 2024, renovations are planned to start on the research laboratories and offices for tenured and tenure track faculty.

Chemistry Webpage: https://udayton.edu/artssciences/academics/chemistry/academic/chemistry/

The University

UD is one of the nation’s largest Catholic universities, and the largest private university in Ohio. Situated in the dynamic city of Dayton, OH, and grounded in its Catholic, Marianist tradition, UD provides education to develop the whole student and is committed to experiential learning.

At the University of Dayton, we value inclusive excellence because we recognize that diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to academic and institutional excellence. Inclusive excellence requires a comprehensive, cohesive, and collaborative alignment of infrastructure, resources, and actions. We strive to be active, intentional, and to sustain engagement with and celebration of diversity in every dimension of institutional life. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply. 

Dayton, Ohio

Dayton was named as #5 in the nation on Business Facilities’ 2021 Metro Rankings report and offers the lowest housing costs among Ohio’s other largest metros: Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus. With a burgeoning downtown area, 20 expansive metroparks, a bike-(and now scooter!) share program, several historic neighborhoods, and of course, the Dayton Aviation Heritage and National Historical Park, this is a great place for those who want a bit of everything with a low cost of living, great schools, and manageable traffic.  Go to https://www.daytoncvb.com/ for more information about the area.


A successful candidate is expected to actively and deeply engage in teaching, research and service.  Tenure-track and tenured professors teach a 3/3 load (3 courses per semester (fall/spring).  Courses may be foundational general chemistry courses for majors and non-majors, physical chemistry and/or other courses consistent with department needs and candidate interest.  Successful candidates are expected to develop a high-quality, visible and externally funded research program for undergraduates and/or graduate students with work published in peer-reviewed journals. Finally, the successful candidate is expected to contribute to the vibrancy of the university environment by engaging in service at the department, college, and university levels.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • ABD nearing completion in Physical Chemistry or a closely related field at time of application.
  • Desire to teach foundational undergraduate and graduate courses in chemistry.
  • Effective written communication skills.
  • Record of research in chemistry or chemistry-related fields as evidenced by articles published in, or accepted, to peer-reviewed journals.
  • Record of research presentations at local, national or international meetings.
Preferred Qualifications:

While not everyone may meet all preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

  • Research and/or teaching expertise in physical chemistry, laser photochemistry, spectroscopy and/or computational chemistry
  • Post doctoral and/or industry/faculty experience
  • Successful experience in any or all of the following:
    • Teaching chemistry classes or laboratories at the college or university level.
    • Teaching general chemistry lecture courses as the instructor of record
    • Teaching chemistry lab courses as the instructor of record
    • Using online course management systems
    • Utilizing innovative teaching approaches and technology to engage students and foster community
    • Teaching and/or mentoring people from socially and culturally diverse communities
    • Working collaboratively with diverse faculty and staff
    • Developing innovative pedagogies for 1st year course sequence
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Effective classroom management skills
  • Commitment to the breadth of education including educating the whole person in the Marianist tradition of social justice and a commitment of service to the community, university and profession


Special Instructions to Applicants:

A complete application consists of:

  • Cover letter addressing all minimum requirements and any preferred qualifications met
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 1 - 2 page statement of the candidate's vision for using innovative teaching approaches and technology to effectively deliver course content while engaging and fostering an inclusive community with students.
  • 1 - 2 page statement of research interests, including startup instrument requirements and a description of how your research will engage undergraduate students.
  • Transcripts from all universities attended.
  • if PhD is not transcripted, please submit a letter from your advisor indicating coursework completed and indicating the anticipated completion date of Ph.D.
  • Contact information for three references; references will be contacted later in the search process.

Posting closes at 11:55 PM EDT May 8, 2024.

Closing Statement:

The University of Dayton is a top tier, Catholic research university with offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, the University is a diverse community committed to advancing the common good through intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, community engagement and local, national and global partnerships. Guided by the Marianist educational philosophy, we educate the whole person and link learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The University is also pleased to provide support for spouses of prospective and newly hired faculty through its dual career program. While we cannot guarantee placement, we serve as an effective resource and support system for your spouse. Information can be found at http://www.udayton.edu/hr/employee_resources/dual_career_resources.php


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