Assistant Professor (Inorganic Materials Chemistry)

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Job posting number: #7182435

Posted: September 26, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Summary
The OSU Department of Chemistry invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor (Inorganic Materials Chemistry) position.

The incumbent in this position will develop an innovative inter- or trans-disciplinary research program to revolutionize the discovery of sustainable inorganic materials for emerging applications in electronics, energy, and environment. This position includes a preferred focus on discovering next-generation materials for semiconductor industries by employing automated inorganic synthesis through solution-based routes, solid-state reactions, or thin-film deposition and using artificial intelligence/machine learning in their experimental research. The Department of Chemistry is home to a sophisticated, digitally enabled continuous flow synthesis system.

This position aligns with major strategic goals identified in the College of Science’s Strategic Plan and the Strategic Plan for Oregon State University that include strategic research investments in the areas of climate science and related solutions, clean energy technology and related solutions, robotics, and integrated health and biotechnology. This position will enhance the existing collaborations between the departments of Chemistry and Physics in the College of Science and partnerships with the College of Engineering

The primary mission of the OSU Department of Chemistry is to provide a program of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral education in chemistry and to conduct research and scholarly activities focused on areas of chemistry important to human health, sustainable energy, and the environment. The department offers Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry and has a rapidly growing student body, including ~200 undergraduate majors and ~110 graduate students.

The College of Science provides a core instructional role at OSU, supporting the ideals of learning, discovery, and engagement that are the foundation of a land-grant university. The College embraces instruction and research in disciplines ranging from the physical, chemical, mathematical, statistical sciences to the life sciences that are based in unbiased inquiry and a dedication to discovery and innovation. The College of Science is an essential partner for three of the university’s world-class research centers, namely the Linus Pauling Institute, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and the Center for Genome Research and Bio- computing.

The College of Science is also committed to partnering with industry and public agencies to address some of the most compelling challenges of today and tomorrow. Oregon State University’s commitment to student success includes hiring, retaining, and developing diverse faculty to mentor and educate our undergraduate and graduate students from entry through graduation. Our Strategic Plan articulates the strategies we believe critical to advancing and equalizing student success.

OSU has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, inclusive excellence, and community. We actively engage in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and student body that includes members of historically underrepresented groups. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming and supportive campus environment. OSU provides leadership opportunities for people interested in promoting and enhancing diversity, nurturing creativity, and building community. All employees are responsible for helping to maintain and enhance OSU’s collaborative and inclusive community that strives for equity and equal opportunity.

The College of Science is deeply committed to upholding the values of anti-racism, diversity, justice, and equity — cornerstones of institutional and scientific excellence. Through our rich collection of people, ideas, and perspectives, we engage in a healthy, constructive dialogue to learn, inform our research, and make discoveries. Our Diversity Action Plan ( informs our work to ensure all have equitable access to succeed in science, work to dismantle systems of oppression, embed equity in everything we do and create a climate of trust, understanding, and inclusion.
Why OSU?
Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


• Top 1.4% university in the world
• More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
• 1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
• 2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
• 7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
• 100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
• 35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
• 217k+ alumni worldwide
• For more interesting facts about OSU visit:


Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon State’s beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America’s best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
• Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
• Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
• Retirement savings paid by the university.
• A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
• Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
• Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.
Key Responsibilities
45% Instruction:
This position will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Chemistry. The normal assignment corresponding to 45% commitment is three courses (on average one course per quarter) per academic year. A “course” is a 3 or 4-credit course that may be a lecture, a lab, or some combination thereof. This position will have responsibility for course design, the composition of the course syllabus, selection of text and other supporting materials, choice of topics and subject matter, fashioning presentations, creating assessment tools, overseeing graduate teaching assistants assigned to the course, and assigning grades. The instruction needs to follow the best practices for diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion. Compliance with University academic regulations is expected.

45% Research:
This position will conduct research in their area of specialization in such a manner that attracts national and international recognition and establishes the employee’s reputation for scholarly excellence. Such activities are expected to include but not be limited to: supervision of students and postdoctoral associates in the execution of research; publication of research results in the peer-reviewed literature; presentation of research results at scientific meetings and conferences and publication of non-refereed papers, web publications, books, and book chapters; filing patent applications; submission of grant proposals and administration of successful grants; compliance with University regulatory policies concerning grants and research.

10% Service:
Participation on Department, College, and University committees; participation in training and professional development to maintain a current knowledge of best practices in teaching, mentoring, and interacting with students; in all service roles, advancing the goals of improving diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion; participation in peer review activities; promotion of the profession through outreach and participation in professional societies.
What You Will Need
Ph.D. in Chemistry or an allied discipline.
Demonstrable ability or significant potential to conduct scientific research of sufficiently high quality to be published in top-tier peer-reviewed journals.
Demonstrable ability to disseminate the results via high-impact scientific publications and conference presentations.
Demonstrable ability or significant potential for teaching excellence and commitment to student success that benefits the graduate and undergraduate programs of the Department of Chemistry in the College of Science
Demonstrable ability or significant potential for mentoring undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Tolerance for diverse ideas, including those different from one’s own. Commitment to free and objective inquiry based on a culture of evidence and critique.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.

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Job posting number:#7182435
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
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