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Chemistry & Biochemistry: Assistant Professor - Theoretical/Computational Chemistry (Open Until Filled; Initial Review 10/15/15)

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Theoretical/Computational Chemistry. We are interested in candidates with research goals in all aspects of materials design, characterization and applications in fields such as energy, biomedicine and photonics with special emphasis on the development and utilization of electronic structure computational methods. Creative scientists with a strong record of achievement and commitment to excellence in both research and teaching are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in a new campus wide, interdisciplinary materials science program and have a strong commitment to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including supervision and mentoring of graduate students. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the UCSC academic community through their research, teaching, and service.

RANK: Assistant Professor

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (9-month) basis

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Chemistry or a related field and at least one year of additional research training such as postdoctoral or industrial experience at the time of application.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Training in computational quantum chemistry or physics. A demonstrated record of research and teaching excellence.


TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include: cover letter, curriculum vitae, three (3) confidential letters of recommendation*, description of planned research activities, and statement of teaching interest. Applicants are invited to submit a statement addressing their past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

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Refer to Position #JPF00298-16 in all correspondence.

*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

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2015.
To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than June 30, 2016.

UC Santa Cruz faculty make significant contributions to the body of research that has earned the University of California the ranking as the foremost public higher education institution in the world. In the process, our faculty demonstrate that cutting-edge research, excellent teaching and outstanding service are mutually supportive.

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: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; (831) 459-2686.

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Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

  • Description of Planned Research Activities

  • Statement of Teaching Interest

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required