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Faculty Opportunities

Assistant Professor (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 level to start in Fall 2023. 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 two hires to address research priorities in analytical chemistry and computational materials chemistry, 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 October 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, a complete curriculum vitae, a summary of future research plans, and a 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 given below. Questions regarding the positions or application process can be directed to Professor Bogdan Dragnea, 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.

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 is not necessary in every application, but may be helpful for candidates with non-traditional career paths.
  • Complete curriculum vitae: The CV should include information about education, professional appointments, research experience, publications, 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 a few research directions or thrusts; this is not required, but sometimes helps to organize the presentation and separate research directions of varying subtopics and risk levels.
  • Diversity statement: 1-2 pages with information and specific examples about the candidate’s past, present, and future contributions to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their professional careers.
  • 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 October 15, 2022. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2022 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. Travel expenses will be paid by the university. If there are health concerns, it is possible to conduct this interview step virtually, but we are hoping to make these in-person interviews this year. The on-site interview in typically a 1 ½ day visit consisting of a public seminar presentation 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 priorities (analytical, computational materials, increase diversity, exceptional candidate in other area)
  • Potential or evidence of scholarly impact
  • Potential or evidence of research productivity
  • Potential to improve diversity, inclusion, and climate
  • Potential or evidence of effective student mentoring
  • Potential or evidence of effective classroom teaching
  • Potential or evidence of external research funding

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