Assistant Professor, Chemistry (Open Research Focus) – University of Central Florida – Orlando, FL

The Chemistry Department at the University of Central Florida ( UCF ) invites applications for three (a fourth pending additional funding) 9-month, tenure-track positions at the assistant professor level beginning August 2018, or earlier if feasible. The department seeks outstanding candidates with research focus in organic synthesis and polymer chemistry, biochemistry, and geo-environmental chemistry. Exceptional candidates with multidisciplinary interests across other areas of chemistry are also encouraged to apply. Candidates are expected to establish a vigorous independent research program, excel in teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels, and provide service to the university, college, department, and professional organizations.

Current research strengths within the Chemistry Department include materials chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, organic chemistry, photonics and forensic chemistry. At UCF we value interdisciplinary and collaborative endeavors. Successful applicants will be encouraged to develop strong research interactions both within and outside the department and across disciplines. Recent examples of interdisciplinary opportunities at UCF involving Chemistry include interdepartmental joint appointments and UCF faculty cluster hiring (e.g., Rational Design of Catalysts for Energy Applications and Propulsion; Sustainable Coastal Systems). Our department faculty have active research collaborations within the College of Sciences and with the College of Optics and Photonics, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Medicine, the College of Education and Human Performance, the Florida Solar Energy Center, the Nanoscience and Technology Center, and the National Center for Forensic Science.

The University of Central Florida, located in Orlando, is a leading, fast-growing, research-intensive metropolitan university with a diverse student body of more than 64,000 students. The Chemistry Department has productive academic programs including the Chemistry Ph.D., Chemistry M.S., Forensic Science M.S., and ACS -accredited B.S. programs in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Forensic Chemistry, and Forensic Biochemistry.

Position Minimum Qualifications

A doctorate in Chemistry or a related science from an accredited institution and at least two years of postdoctoral experience.


Special Conditions

Applicants who apply to this position will also be considered for positions 37110, 37146 and 37338.

Additional Application Materials Required

Candidates must apply online at and upload the following materials at the time of application: 1) a cover letter; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of research plans and goals; 4) a statement of teaching philosophy including any experience with student-centered learning approaches; and 5) reprints of 2-3 recent key publications. Candidates should include three letters of reference with the application materials uploaded online or sent separately via email to [email protected].

Note: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date.

Review of applications will begin June 30, 2017 and continue until the positions are filled.

Questions regarding this search can be directed to Dr. Eloy Hernandez, search committee chair, at [email protected].

UCF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

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