Open Rank Faculty, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering



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Job description

The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position at assistant, associate or full professor level. Preference will be given to candidates with interests that complement the existing departmental strengths described below. The final rank and salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Outstanding applicants will be considered for a chaired position within the department. The target starting date for this position is August 2019. An earned doctorate in chemical engineering or a related area is required.

For more than 100 years, the University of Iowa has been preparing students for careers in chemical engineering. Today, with approximately 220 undergraduate and 35 graduate students, the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering is a thriving program focused on excellence in research and teaching. This position builds upon strengths within the department related to polymeric & advanced materials, biological and pharmaceutical research, engineering education, energy and environmental research, and simulation and remote sensing. Collaborative research is a strength, with close interactions with physical and health science departments throughout the university. Substantial research infrastructure is provided through multidisciplinary research centers, including the IUCRC Photopolymerization Center, The Center for Computer Aided Design, The Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, Iowa Institute of Hydraulics Research, The Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing, The Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute, The Optical Science and Technology Center, Pappajohn Biomedical Institute, Environmental Health Sciences Research Center, and the High Performance Computing Center.

Faculty responsibilities include effective classroom teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses in chemical engineering, developing curricula and laboratories, supervising M.S. and Ph.D. students, publishing journal articles, and establishing and maintaining an externally funded research program that contributes to the overall goals of the College of Engineering. Effective communication and leadership skills are vital. Teaching experience is desirable.

Iowa City is part of a cosmopolitan area offering cultural and recreational opportunities within its college-town charm. The city and university are part of a historic campus community offering an array of cultural and athletic activities, including outstanding theatre and music venues, well-recognized art collections, a thriving literary tradition, ethnically diverse restaurants and a full menu of Big Ten sports. Iowa City has the diverse atmosphere of a much larger city while having the feel of a small, friendly campus town: you can attend world-class musical and theatrical events at Hancher, or take a 10 minute drive and pick apples in the picturesque countryside. The area also boasts a multitude of local, state and national recreation areas, with many hiking and biking trails as well as water-related activities. Location is approximately 4-5 hours by car from Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Omaha and Kansas City and within 20 minutes of the Eastern Iowa airport. The Iowa City area is often ranked as one of the most livable communities in the nation ( To learn more about our great community visit and

The University of Iowa understands the link between diversity and excellence in education. We embrace our responsibility to create a welcoming and inclusive campus culture so that all community members are able to unlock their own potential. Faculty members in the College of Engineering contribute to this mission by designing curricula, research programs, and engagement opportunities that advance understanding of diversity and emphasize the value of global citizenship. As part of the application, candidates are required to provide a commitment to diversity statement that provides their perspective on the educational challenges faced by underrepresented and disadvantaged populations and describes their past, current and planned future efforts to advance diversity and inclusion in alignment with the University of Iowa’s mission and values in the areas of teaching, research mentoring and broader impacts, or other professional service. To learn more about the University of Iowa’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, visit The Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department enthusiastically invites applications from women and minorities.

The University of Iowa is committed to providing opportunities for faculty and staff employees to Build a Career | Build a Life. For more information about local work/life resources, including dual-career support, please see: Salary and benefits are excellent.

The search committee chair is David G. Rethwisch ( and he can be contacted for preliminary inquiries for additional information.

How to apply

Detailed descriptions of the available position, candidate requirements, and the application process can be found at under the faculty section, searching requisition #73469. Initial screening of applicants will begin in October 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching plans, a commitment to diversity statement, and a list of three to five professional references. References will be contacted only after initial screening and with the applicant’s approval. An application that does not include all of these required elements will be considered incomplete. Please address all required and desirable qualifications in your application materials.

The University of Iowa is a major national research university located on a 1,900-acre campus in Iowa City in southeast Iowa, on the Iowa River near the intersection of U.S. Interstate Highways 80 and 380. Iowa is composed of 11 colleges, the largest of which is the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, enrolling most of Iowa's undergraduates.