Ian Rosenstein, Chair
(315) 859-4730

Chemistry Department
Hamilton College
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

The Chemistry department invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2015. Strong applicants will have expertise to teach in the two-semester Physical Chemistry sequence, lecture and laboratory, and will bring to the department an area of research grounded in physical chemistry or a related field (Materials, Environmental, Physical Organic, Physical Inorganic, etc.). Additional possible teaching responsibilities include Introductory Chemistry, Research Methods, and/or other courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise. The successful candidate will be expected to guide student research during the summer and advise the required Senior Project during the academic year. Ph.D. and postdoctoral or equivalent experience required. Applicants must demonstrate excellence, or the potential for excellence, in teaching and research with undergraduates. Experience teaching or working with diverse student populations is an asset. Excellent startup support and research space in a state-of-the-art facility will be provided. Further information about the department can be found at http://academics.hamilton.edu/chemistry. Please submit curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial acceptable), statements describing teaching and research interests, and arrange for submission of three letters of recommendation to http://apply.interfolio.com/25614. Your cover letter should address the ways in which you would further the College's goal of building a diverse educational environment. Suggestions for issues to address in your teaching and research statements can be found at http://academics.hamilton.edu/chemistry/jobs. Questions may be directed to Karen Brewer, Acting Chair, Chemistry Department, Hamilton College. Review of applications will begin on September 30.

Hamilton (www.hamilton.edu) is a residential liberal arts college located in upstate New York. Applicants with dual-career considerations can find other Hamilton and nearby academic job listings at www.upstatenyherc.org. Hamilton College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in all areas of the campus community. Hamilton provides domestic partner benefits. Candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education are especially encouraged to apply.

INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES ABOUT TEACHING AND RESEARCH STATEMENTS

 

There is no prescribed format for the statement of teaching interests.  However, some of the topics that could be addressed that the search committee would find helpful include:

  • motivation for teaching at a liberal arts college and the relationship between research and teaching and your general approach to teaching undergraduates in the classroom and laboratory
  • ways in which you would further the College's goal of building a diverse educational environment
  • intended learning outcomes and strategies for student assessment in lecture and lab courses (especially for the junior level Physical Chemistry)
  • courses within our existing curriculum that you would be interested in teaching and courses you would be interested in teaching that would augment the existing curriculum
  • innovative or unusual ideas or methods for lecture or laboratory teaching (especially for junior level Physical Chemistry)

Likewise, there is no standard format for a statement of research interests.  Submission of standard research proposals is fine but keep in mind that at a small liberal arts college, the search committee usually includes most or all members of a department so your proposals will be read by faculty outside of your particular field of chemistry.  It is often helpful to submit short (one to two page) summaries of your proposals for a general chemistry audience, in addition to full, detailed proposals.  Along with your technical proposal you may also want to address:

  • how the broader ideas of your research program extend beyond your specific proposals and fit into the context of the work in that field today
  • the roles that undergraduate researchers, at both the senior and lower levels, would play in your projects both during the summer and throughout the academic year in the Senior Project
  • details of any specific instrumentation, equipment, and space needs that will be critical to the success of your research program