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Tenure Track Faculty Opening, Chemical Engineering

Apply now Job no: 493608
Work type: Full Time
Location: Troy, NY
Categories: Faculty, School of Engineering

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Job Summary

The Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY, invites candidates to apply for a full-time, tenure-track position primarily at the Assistant Professor level. Applications will also be considered at the Associate and Full Professor levels commensurate with the applicant’s experience. The new faculty member will join a vibrant department at a time of renewed growth and investment driven by our new president. The Department has current strengths in the areas of advanced materials, interfacial and transport processes, metabolic engineering, bioseparations, and system/process dynamics. We are looking for outstanding individuals who will develop cross-cutting research programs and help us expand our presence in the critical areas of Energy, Sustainability, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Applications, and Separations.

Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. (or foreign degree equivalent) in Chemical Engineering or a closely related Science/Engineering field. Degree requirements must be satisfactorily completed by the time appointment begins. In addition, candidates must demonstrate, through accomplishments, the promise of future distinction in scholarship and education.

For those applying at the associate or full professor level, the applicant must demonstrate a scholarly record, teaching record, and reputation in the field commensurate with the desired level of appointment.

The successful candidate will have duties that include teaching assigned undergraduate/graduate courses in the field of Chemical Engineering; establishing and maintaining a robust program of sponsored research; mentoring students; and engaging in a significant level of service to the Department, the School, and the Chemical Engineering profession.

The research in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department addresses some of the world’s most pressing technological challenges—from energy and sustainable development to advanced materials, food and pharmaceutical production, biotechnology in general, and human health. The department's annual research expenditures total more than $6 million. More than 300 undergraduate students and 65 graduate students are currently enrolled in the Department. Faculty have access to world-class research facilities and an atmosphere that promotes interdisciplinary collaborations. The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies supports world-class research and facilities that brings faculty from engineering and science together to at the interface between science and engineering. Our new Center for Engineering and Precision Medicine, a collaboration between Rensselaer and Mt. Sinai in New York City is engaged in both fundamental and translational biomedical research. The New York State Center for Future Energy Systems conducts fundamental and applied research to accelerate the development of energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies. The Center for Materials, Devices and Integrated Systems aims to advance next-generation electronic and optical devices, manufacturing and robotics, integrated biomaterial devices, energy harvesting and storage, electric transmission/distribution, responsive and adaptive built environments, and nanostructured composite materials. The Center for Computational Innovation and the Scientific Computation Research Center house one of the most powerful computers for AI applications - the Artificial Intelligence Multiprocessing Optimized System (AiMOS). The Institute for Data Exploration and Applications and the Experimental Media and the Cognitive Immersive Systems Lab provide new and exciting opportunities to manipulate and experience data and cognitive computing.

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Application instructions


Please use the apply now function to submit a brief online profile and contact information for three (3) referees.  Be prepared to upload the following:

  1. a cover letter
  2. a curriculum vitae
  3. a research statement including future research plans
  4. a statement of teaching activities and interests
  5. a diversity statement

If you need assistance with the online application process, please contact 

Job Posted Date

Job posted on October 25, 2022. Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and the search will continue, on a rolling basis, until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 2023. 

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Rensselaer is committed to providing a safe and healthy living, learning, and working environment for its faculty, staff, and students. As such, we strongly recommend that faculty, staff and students obtain a COVID-19 vaccination and remain current with available boosters to protect themselves, as well as to protect vulnerable members of the community.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.




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