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Chemistry & Biochemistry: Assistant Professor in Computational Materials Chemistry

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor in Computational Materials Chemistry
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis)
Anticipated start: July 1, 2022, with the academic year beginning in September 2022.

Application Window

Open date: September 16th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Nov 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), as part of the Materials Science and Engineering Initiative, invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in computational theory of materials at the Assistant Professor level. Areas of research include physical, materials and inorganic chemistry. Candidates with a strong record of publication in the field of theory of materials using computational approaches, and with a strong commitment to research, teaching, and equity and inclusion, are encouraged to apply.

The selected candidate is expected to establish a vigorous research program in computational theory of materials within the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department’s materials/physical chemistry group. The selected candidate will be expected to teach Chemistry courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and perform service to the department and university. The selected candidate is also expected to participate in the UC Santa Cruz Materials Science & Engineering Initiative by engaging in collaborative, interdisciplinary research and to engage with a future Materials Science & Engineering graduate program, through mentoring and potentially teaching.

We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in the classroom and in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)

Chemistry & Biochemistry Department: https://www.chemistry.ucsc.edu/

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in chemistry, materials science, physical chemistry, chemical physics, applied physics or related field, and at least one year of postdoctoral research experience in theoretical and/or computational chemistry related to materials. Degree requirements expected to be completed by June 30, 2022.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.

  • List of Publications - List of publications appearing in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Teaching Statement - Statement describing teaching interests, teaching philosophy, and professional achievements and activities.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion* - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/diversity.html) before preparing their application.

  • Research Proposal* - The proposal should strive to appeal to a materials science audience in both chemistry and physics.

    *Initial applicant screening will focus only on these elements: Research Proposal and Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Please review the guidelines on the elements of a good diversity statement and the search committee’s rubric for assessing diversity statements. See UCSC guidelines for statements

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation** (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of five will be accepted). Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

**All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm

Apply link: https://recruit.ucsc.edu/JPF01152

Help contact: ddemarco@ucsc.edu

Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see https://www.uscis.gov/e-verify). The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/policy/capm/102.530.html).

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at roberts@ucsc.edu (831) 459-4602.

UCSC is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website at https://www.hercjobs.org/regions/higher-ed-careers-northern-california/ to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution.

The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California