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Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry - Mass Spectrometry


Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry - Mass Spectrometry

  • req2516
  • Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23284
  • Chemistry
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
Mission or Goal of Unit:

The mission of the College of Humanities and Sciences is to serve as the intellectual heart and soul of our institution and wider community. The College of Humanities and Sciences:
  • Prepares lifelong learners to participate actively as engaged and responsible citizens
  • Propels scientific research and scholarship to improve the human condition, cure and treat diseases, and promote healthy environments
  • Grounds us in our history, critically examines our present human condition and empowers students to create more equitable local and global communities
  • Provides communities with a passionate and creative workforce that serves as a powerful engine for economic development and innovative solutions to problems

As the intellectual lifeblood of VCU and our community, the College of Humanities and Sciences seeks to inspire our students to explore their passions and dreams as individuals and provide the context to understand their place in the world and connections with others-locally, globally and throughout time. Most importantly, our educational and research environment addresses an array of technological, health-related and societal problems, as well as providing profound insights and reflections of what it means to be human and humane.

Chief Purpose of this position: The Department of Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) invites applications for a tenure-track, open rank position in Analytical Chemistry (broadly defined) with a research interest in the field of Mass Spectrometry to begin in fall 2023. Candidates are required to have an established research agenda and clear potential for extramural funding as well as potential for nationally-recognized scholarship that complements or expands existing expertise in the Department of Chemistry. Teaching will primarily be in undergraduate and graduate courses in Analytical Chemistry.

Position Responsibilities: Teaching will primarily be in undergraduate and graduate courses in Analytical Chemistry.

Required Qualifications: A Ph.D. in chemistry is required and post-doctoral experience is strongly encouraged. Applicants at all levels of professor rank will be considered. Candidates at the Associate and Full Professor levels must have a well-developed research portfolio with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications and external funding.

Employee must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred Qualifications: Preferred candidates are those who use mass spectrometry to solve advanced chemical problems, broadly defined.

Candidates need to submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (typically between 150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (https://provost.vcu.edu/faculty/prospective/), and (4) a document containing detailed research proposals, teaching plans and an estimate of start-up costs to the job posting on https://vcu.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home?c=vcu. In addition, names of three references must be entered; these individuals will be asked to provide recommendation letters. Review of applications will begin November 1 and continue until the position is filled. Please contact Soma Dhakal, Search Committee Chair, for any questions about the position.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) enrolls ~ 29,000 students, has highly ranked medical and pharmacy schools and is an R1 Doctoral University. Diversity is among our greatest assets at VCU and we strive to create and sustain an equitable and inclusive environment as we know this is the best approach to achieve universal excellence and success. In 2021, 29.2% of our freshmen identified as first-generation and 32.3% of our students were underrepresented minorities. In 2022, VCU was designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI).

VCU The Department of Chemistry has 20 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, 15 instructional term faculty appointments, 2 term facility directors, more than 400 undergraduate majors, and 75 graduate students. It is committed to the dual mission of teaching and research at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. In teaching, the purpose is to provide high quality education in chemistry to undergraduate as well as graduate students, in preparation for professional careers at all levels. In research, the goals are to advance the science of chemistry, to keep faculty on the forefront of the field, and to maintain an educational program consistent with the latest technology and development of the discipline. Service to the chemical profession is also an important aspect of the department`s activities. VCU is currently ranked as #58 of 415 public research university by the National Science Foundation that track federally funded research expenditures. In addition, it has combined awards for sponsored programs, including grants, contracts and other funding types directed towards research activity, totaled $363M in 2021. Further information can be found at the department website: https://chemistry.vcu.edu/.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, Affirmative Action University providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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