Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Want to be a professor of organic chemistry? (2012 edition)

The 2012 back-to-school edition of Chemical and Engineering News was almost two weeks ago, but I wanted to do my traditional listing of openings in the print edition for assistant professors of organic chemistry. I included all ads that had the word "organic" or "bioorganic", but none of the ones that said "any field." (Medicinal/drug discovery professorships were not included.) I've put an asterisk next to the universities that were looking for professors of organic chemistry last year.

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS*
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
California Lutheran University, Thousands Oaks, CA
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA*
Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
University of Mary Washington, Fredricksburg (Fredricksburg! Fredricksburg!), VA
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY*
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Berry College, Mount Berry, GA
Utah State University, Logan, UT
University of Houston, Houston, TX

12 slots of professors at PhD-granting universities among 19 advertised slots overall. Best wishes to all applying. 


  1. What do you think the significance is for schools that also looked last year? Funding fell through? Or just didn't find the right applicant?

    1. For at least one of them, they experienced a sudden system-wide hiring freeze and had to send "my bad" letters to the candidates instead of offers. Then this year, when the search resumed, none of the top candidates accepted their offers.

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