Posted: Sep 20, 2022

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Application Deadline: N/A

Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the broadly defined area of Organic Chemistry in Polymer or Materials Science

Job Description:

The College of Science at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is seeking applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in the area of organic chemistry within the broad scope of polymer or materials science. We seek a candidate with the potential to expand UTEP’s research activities, the ability to engage in collaborative approaches to energy related questions, and the interest to interact within any or all of the common chemistry subdivisions including: Biochemical, Inorganic, Physical, and Analytical. The successful candidate will be expected (1) to build an excellent research program and attract external funding to build it and sustain it; (2) to have a commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels; (3) to mentor, teach and direct students research from the undergraduate to postdoctoral levels; and (4) to engage in outreach and service activities.  Anticipated appointment date is Fall 2023.


An earned doctorate in Chemistry or Biochemistry in any subdivision with a related emphasis in Materials Science and Energy. A strong record of research accomplishments (e.g. a strong publication record). Postdoctoral experience is preferred. Applicants are expected to have the ability to attract external funding, and direct independent and collaborative research.

About the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department:The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is a vibrant department housed in a state of the art building completed in 2011, equipped with all the major instrumentation needed to uphold its very high research activity (e.g., NMR; scXRD and pXRD; EPR; SQUID; XPS). The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in both chemistry and biochemistry that are certified by the American Chemical Society, and at the graduate level Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees focusing on all areas of chemistry and biochemistry.

The department serves over 3,000 students per semester from multiple majors across the colleges of science, engineering and health sciences. There are currently over 300 undergraduate students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry with a strong emphasis placed on undergraduate research opportunities.

About The University of Texas at El Paso:

The University of Texas at El Paso is a Carnegie R1 and Community Engaged research university at the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border region that is increasing access to excellent higher education. UTEP enrolls nearly 24,000 students over 80 percent of whom are Hispanic and half of whom are the first generation in their families to attend college. The city’s border location makes it an ideal venue for academic programs and research studies on topics of national interest such as bilingual education/language acquisition, border environment and immigration, environmental sustainability and infrastructure, health disparities, and international trade and commerce.

The Paso del Norte region’s center for intellectual capital, UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the region, adding $1.4 billion to the local economy annually.

El Paso’s active arts and culture community features the state’s longest-running symphony orchestra, a nationally recognized chamber music festival, art galleries, museums, and a full schedule of seasonal events and festivals. UTEP adds to the arts and entertainment scene with an award-winning dinner theater, music and dance productions, contemporary and student art galleries, and a natural history museum. 

For sports fans, the UTEP Miners offer exciting Division I college athletics at several campus venues including Sun Bowl Stadium, the Don Haskins Center, Kidd Field, University Field and the Helen of Troy Softball Complex. Southwest University Park, located a mile away in lively downtown El Paso, is home to the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, and the El Paso Locomotive, a professional soccer team founded in 2019.El Paso is a highly livable, bicultural community of 800,000 people, which offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It is the safest large city in the United States. Sheltered by mountains on three sides, El Paso experiences more than 300 days of sunshine annually, and residents enjoy outdoor activities year-round. The city of El Paso is adjacent to both the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it the nation's leading area for cultural diversity and border health research. El Paso is the sixth largest city in Texas and 24th largest city in the United States.

For more information about UTEP, please visit our website

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. To assure full consideration, please submit an application that includes:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Research plan
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy and interests
  5. Broadening Participation Statement
  6. Complete contact information for three professional references

UTEP has a long-standing commitment to a culture of Inclusive Excellence that provides universal access to an excellent education and an environment for students to achieve at high levels.  To sustain and enhance our commitment, UTEP hires and invests in faculty who value our culture of care and the success of students from diverse backgrounds. As such, we request a “Broadening Participation” statement of how you would approach contributing to that culture of Inclusive Excellence.  

For further questions about the position, contact Skye Fortier, Search Committee Chair at [email protected]

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In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee's or prospective employee's right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972.