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Faculty Opportunities

Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (Tenure/Tenure Track) in Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at Indiana University ( is seeking outstanding applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level to start in fall 2024. A Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field and postdoctoral experience are required. Successful candidates will be expected to develop a visible, externally funded research program. We anticipate making one hire to address research priorities in measurement science, including but not limited to analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, biophysics, and biochemistry, but outstanding applications in any subfield of chemistry will be considered, especially those that would increase the diversity of our faculty. Primary teaching responsibilities will be consistent with the expertise of the successful candidate and will include both graduate and undergraduate courses.  Review of applications will begin November 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of future research plans, teaching statement, and diversity statement (1-2 pages about the candidate’s past, present, and future contributions to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion). The cover letter may include a description of other experiential knowledge that they feel is not conveyed in other parts of their application. Application materials and contact information for three letters of recommendations should be submitted at More information about the application expectations, including the evaluation rubric, are available at Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to Professor Stephen Jacobson, Faculty Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry, Indiana University, 800 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405,

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Chemistry are committed to building and supporting a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of students and scholars. Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

In cases of candidates that would be eligible for a conditional offer of employment with tenure (usually Associate Professor appointments), before such an offer is finalized, candidates will be asked to disclose any pending investigations or previous findings of sexual or professional misconduct. They will also be required to authorize an inquiry by Indiana University Bloomington with all current and former employers along these lines. The relevance of information disclosed or ascertained in the context of this process to a candidate’s eligibility for hire will be evaluated by Indiana University Bloomington on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should be aware, however, that Indiana University Bloomington takes the matters of sexual and professional misconduct very seriously.

Application materials

  • Cover letter: Provide introduction and overview of key parts of application. Candidates may include, if applicable, a description of other experiential knowledge that they feel is not conveyed in other parts of their application. Experiential knowledge is understanding and expertise that emerge from life experience rather than from formal education or professional training. This information is not necessary in every application, but may be helpful for candidates with non-traditional career paths.
  • Curriculum vitae: The CV should include information about education, professional appointments, research experience, publications, funding, and other relevant professional achievements and experience.
  • Summary of future research plans: Typically 3-7 pages in length. Figures are often helpful. Please include references to relevant literature, but a comprehensive reference list is not expected. Candidates often organize the research plans by identifying three to four research directions or thrusts, which helps to organize the presentation and separate research directions of varying subtopics and risk levels.
  • Teaching statement: 1-2 pages about your approach to teaching.
  • Diversity statement: 1-2 pages with a description of how you would contribute to building a welcoming and inclusive environment in the research lab and classroom. You may include specific examples about your past, present, and future contributions to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in your professional career.
  • Contact information for three letters of recommendation.


Application process

Applications must be submitted through the IU application system using the link above. Candidates are encouraged to submit applications by November 1, 2023. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications for this position will be evaluated by our department faculty search committee. Notifications will be sent to all candidates before December 15.

Candidates judged to be outstanding will be invited for an online video conference interview, which will consist of a brief research presentation and short interview with members of the search committee. Specific instructions for the video conference interview will be provided to selected candidates. Some of those candidates will subsequently be invited for an on-site interview in Bloomington, Indiana. All reasonable travel expenses will be paid by the university. The on-site interview in typically a 1 ½ day visit consisting of a public seminar by the candidate, a separate presentation of research proposals to a smaller group of faculty, and interviews with many of our faculty and administrators.

Evaluation criteria

Key evaluation criteria (essential criteria for every candidate)

  • Fits with departmental research priorities (measurement science, including but not limited to analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, biophysics, and biochemistry)
  • Potential to improve diversity, inclusion, and climate
  • Potential or evidence of scholarly impact
  • Potential or evidence of research productivity
  • Potential or evidence of external research funding
  • Potential or evidence of effective student mentoring
  • Potential or evidence of effective classroom teaching

Other considerations (these are not expected of every candidate, but, if applicable, may strengthen an application)

  • Potential or evidence of collaboration
  • Potential or evidence of impactful professional service
  • Potential or evidence of effective community outreach
  • Experiential knowledge that enhances research or education potential
  • Potential to become a conscientious university community member