Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The 2022 Faculty Jobs List: 1 research/teaching position

The 2022 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List (curated by Andrew Spaeth and myself) has 1 research/teaching position. 

Want to help out? Here's a Google Form to enter positions.

On June 9, 2020, the 2021 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List had 5 research/teaching positions

To see trending, go to Andrew Spaeth's visualization of previous years' list.

Want to talk anonymously? Have an update on the status of a job search? This will serve as the first open thread. 

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47 comments:

  1. Good luck to everyone applying! Here's hoping it's more normal with in-person interviews and more positions posted compared to last cycle.

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  2. I saw this pop up today on my linkedin. Assistant professor (Inorganic Chemistry) at Rice University https://apply.interfolio.com/89507

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  3. Do anyone knows who was hired in Auburn and Syracuse comp. Chem. positions? Its not there in Chemistry Bumper cars?

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    1. I'd be interesting to know too. I had initial interviews with both schools but didn't get to the second round with either of them lol

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    2. I have a feeling that Auburn cancelled their searches. I was invited to a second round interview at Auburn for their experimental pchem position, but they never scheduled it and ghosted me when I followed up with them.

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    3. Auburn made a hire in experimental physical chemistry (Chris Grieco) but didn't get anyone in the computational search.

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  4. For the BYU position: Brigham Young University is an equal opportunity employer. All faculty are required to abide by the university’s honor code and dress and grooming standards. Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    BYU possibly has the least diverse chemistry department in US. All faculty members, as far as I know, are LDS church members (majority of them has a BS degree at BYU). I seriously doubt that a non-LDS candidate would have a chance to get an offer.

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    1. The same could be said of a lot of private non-secular schools. I seem to remember looking at smaller colleges and seeing similar statements about being Catholic, Methodist, Adventist, Baptist, etc. I actually think BYU would give a fair chance to someone who didn't share the faith, but was willing to forgo alcohol, coffee, tea, unmarried cohabitation, etc. The bigger question (not just for BYU, but any religious school) is whether a non-affiliated employee would want to spend their career there. There's a common sentiment nowadays that our workplaces should conform to our identities, but non-secular institutions can still legally express preference for an affiliate.
      On a side note, I also believe that folks at BYU get a raw deal during proposal and manuscript reviews because of implicit bias working against strongly-religious institutions and individuals. I know quite a few people who speak of BYU (and other religious institutions) with contempt and there's no way that wouldn't factor into a review.
      It would be interesting, though, to know how many LDS applicants there are. Is that a deep pool?

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  5. Middlebury College and its local community is a racist environment for faculty, staff, and students of color. Very few full-time Black faculty members (approx. 13 in 2020 including non-T/TT faculty) teach at the college and even less now after recent departures due to the racist climate at the institution. One of the recent departures occurred in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the college and involved a highly trained and accomplished Black junior professor that earned over $200,000 in external research grants. This professor's professional accomplishments in and outside the classroom was enough to earn tenure at similar institutions, but racism likely shaped this professor's experience at Middlebury College as it did in the case for another Black and Puerto-Rican faculty in a different department at the college: https://addisonindependent.com/news/departing-professor-details-campus-racism Candidates of color and majority candidates that value institutional diversity should think twice about working at Middlebury College.

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    1. The faculty member has moved on to a college in Western Massachusetts where she will be valued.

      That said, the diversity pendulum has swung too far in Western MA. At Smith College, for example, several dining workers were the target of a harassment campaign orchestrated by a black student who claimed racism on part of the college employees, saying that her life was threatened by police, when she was in fact in a restricted area and asked to move by an unarmed security guard. There was an external investigation into the case and the result was that no institutional or individual racism was found. The New York Times reported on the matter earlier the year in a surprisingly even-handed article.

      Whoever decides to take a faculty position in Western MA should be aware of this.

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    2. The described student's actions at Smith College are unfortunate, but there are many more documented and undocumented cases of racism experienced by students, faculty, and staff of color in Western MA and across the USA. Some false claims do occur, but they are usually resolved through proper investigations. However, true cases of racism negatively impact the lives of the people that are targets of racism at deeper and systemic levels. Faculty of color should not have to leave their positions and "start over" to further their academic careers due to hostile and unsupportive institutions that claim to support and embrace diversity and inclusion without meaningful success. Anyone that expects faculty of color to "pick-up and move" to an institution where they can be valued supports institutionalized racism and inequity. Growing and sustaining a diverse student body at an institution is difficulty without proportional/adequate representation of diversity among the faculty. Changing demographics in the USA and the need to be competitive in the global economy require institutions in the USA to do more to recruit, support, and retain faculty and students of color.

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    3. I've also got to pick up and move my post, and will be unemployed at Christmas. I'm a victim of bullying, undervalued and suffered incredible health consequences.

      I'm also finding it almost impossible to get a job. I've had a bunch of interviews recently when extremely junior people were given the post. The last time, the search chair openly told me I was short listed, but had no chance due to my gender.

      I'm also an older white man. Who do I complain to?

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    4. Well the situation described by Anonymous September 7, 2021 at 8:13 AM is unfortunate. Ageism can be an issue in the faculty hiring processs beyond the other "isms", but it is not clear exactly why you have to leave your current faculty job. Academic bullying and being undervalued is experienced by many faculty, especially junior and minority faculty, in toxic working climates. They are definitely experienced by many graduate students and postdocs who hope to join the ranks of faculty as well.The economics of faculty positions and higher education institutions sometimes lead to faculty reductions as well as program changes or eliminations. As an expert in a field of the chemical sciences, you may have research skills and/or leadership skills that may be usefully in industry, a nonprofit, or a government agency/department that support research and development. K-12 education is also in short supply of qualified STEM teachers and some former college/university instructors have made a career switch to that area of teaching if they are unable to develop or maintian a productive faculty research agenda in addition to college teaching. However, it is no secret that higher education instituions favor hiring junior faculty to maximum the return on their investment in start-up funding and ongoing faculty development. Senior faculty from any racial/ethnic and gender background are more competitive for coveted faculty positions at the associate or full professor level if they have an "outstanding" research record and/or major grant funding that can transfer to the new institution. Such cases usually occur as endowed chairs in departments/centers, but can be lateral institutional moves too. For any current faculty forced to seek new positions/careers, do consider options outside college/university faculty positions. There are very limited faculty openings in higher education each year and mutiple cohorts of candidates are competing for each position.

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  6. FYI, the position at Boise State should have been posted as a 1-year visiting position. You have to dig deep into the HR system to find the actual language of the solicitation:

    "While the position is only temporary, we have multiple clinical faculty searches and a tenure track search that will occur this coming year, and whoever takes the temporary position would be eligible to apply (if they are interested). This position is a 1 Year Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor in General & Physical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Boise State University. Primary job responsibilities will be to co-instruct physical chemistry laboratory classes (~16 students) and large lecture general chemistry lecture courses (~120 students/lecture). The position assignment is approximately 60% teaching of large lecture general chemistry classes (Fall semester CHEM 101/111); and teaching/lab coordination of physical chemistry classes (Spring semester; 2 lab sections); 35% course development; 5% committee/departmental service."

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    1. confirmed with department, removed

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    2. Wait, what?! Boise State advertised for that very position in Fall 2019, and now it's back, but only temporarily! They do have a fast turnover.

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    3. A clinical assistant professor recently left the department

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    4. (Current BSU employee here): Slight correction, not just clinical faculty, but also one TT assistant professor and two full professors. Rumor has it that a handful of T/TT faculty are eyeing the door as well. Interpret that however you will.

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  7. Is there going to be a ChemE list this year? Also, does anyone know if there is a list of Materials Science positions maintained anywhere?

    Thanks CJ for providing this service!

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    1. Yep, it's here.

      http://chemjobber.blogspot.com/2021/08/the-chemical-engineering-faculty-jobs.html

      You're welcome, Anon!

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  8. University of Manitoba materials synthetic chemistry search has been cancelled: https://sci.umanitoba.ca/chemistry/faculty-and-staff/positions-available

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  9. University of Rochester search link does not exist. Maybe this position is for internal candidates only?
    https://www.rochester.edu/faculty-recruiting/positions

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    1. Incorrect, I have confirmed with a URochester faculty member this is a live search.

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    2. Department of Chemistry isn't listed in this link, thus, no applications can be submitted.

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    3. It's listed now

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  10. Has anyone heard back from the computational biochemistry position at MUN?

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  11. Two questions about applying:

    1. If this is my second year applying, is it a good idea to list job talks from last cycle as "Invited Talks" on my CV, or is there a stigma to applying and being rejected?

    2. Has anyone applied to a Chemistry and ChemE/MSE job at the same university? Is there anything to be cautious about in doing that?

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  12. 1. Yes, list them. No stigma to applying and being rejected. It is a plus that you were invited for an interview, especially last cycle when few positions were available. FWIW, I was rejected (and by that I mean ghosted and to this day the application is still active in the HR system) the first time I applied to my current institute, second time I applied they were eager to hire me.
    2. I haven't, but the search committee would never know, go for it, no need to be cautious. At least at the R1 level, it is unlikely the either department would know you applied for the other unless you manage to land interviews with both. Even then, I can't see any drawback. Nonetheless, if one department is a good match for you an the other is a forced fit, I wouldn't recommend wasting time with the forced fit.

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    1. For the first question, would it be negative if you are applying for a much better place than the ones you interviewed in last cycle?

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    2. Interesting, I have two follow up questions that hope to see how people think/discuss.
      (a) If you had multiple job talks but with the same title, do you list all of them?
      (b) if in the same cycle, is it a good idea to list job talks from earlier applications for later applications? (in another word, do you disclose where you are interviewing)

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    3. (a) Yes, if you're going to list some, you might as well list them all. It's natural that all your job talks in a year would have the same title since you're probably talking about the greatest/most interesting/most relevant things you have done.
      (b) I wouldn't. It seems like there are ways it could go wrong since your applications would still be active.

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    4. I asked two faculty the question about listing past interviews and they both said not to do it, for what it's worth.

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  13. Anyone know what's going on with Tufts? Their university "Faculty Searches" page lists both open and inorganic searches, but no ads posted yet. https://asefaculty.tufts.edu/new-faculty/faculty-openings-school-arts-sciences

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    1. Tufts positions were just added to the sheet; postings on Interfolio.

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    2. Is it normal to apply to an open call and a specific call at the same school in the same cycle (such as both Tufts positions)?

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    3. To me, it would make sense to apply to both. I'm not from Tufts, so I don't know anything about their internal procedures. At my institute, we often have multiple searches going on and each search committee can only see the applications for the search they are working on, so if you were applying to my institute, you would be increasing your odds to some extent assuming you are a suitable candidate for both. An open search obviously overlaps with anything else. Internally, from the HR/admin position, these might be separate for approvals funds/startup etc, so even if the same committee is handling both and the committee likes your application, it gives them multiple pathways to get your application through to a possible hire.

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  14. Hi, would chemical engineering departments consider someone only with chemistry degrees? I make materials for biomedical applications, I am not sure whether this counts as "engineering" and whether I should also apply positions, such as listed as "all areas of chemical engineering". Thanks

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    1. I have the same question, too.

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    2. I think it depends on your PhD

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  15. Maybe this was asked before, but how is it to become a faculty member at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia? It seems they are approaching a lot of people in the USA now. Salaries should be great, and no cost of living?

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    1. I may be stating the obvious here, but don't go there. I spent 2,5 years there, until quite recently, which was the most horrific time of my life. A short summary of facts:

      -It is a PR institute for a despicable regime, that killed a Washington Post journalist. Nothing more.

      -Any chemical takes at least three months to arrive. Nobody tells you that.

      -KAUST PI's are put as co-authors in papers with Western institutes, after the latter receive 'donations'. This happens at a large scale. Donations go up to millions of dollars.

      - People are forced to work to death. There is a special financial unit for shipping dead bodies back to the subcontinent (this is true). There are people who are able to ignore these things for a long time, but people with a conscience, fortunately most, suffer from seeing the atrocities. Most casualties are from the construction and gardening teams, whom are working in tremendous heat, wearing equipment. Both are not allowed to enter the supermarket, or other stores, where the Saudi and white people come. It's apartheid plus. I know many people who had nightmares over these things, months after they left the place.

      - KAUST used to have good scientists, but they have left. A heavily toxic environment between PI's, me2 situations are put under the rug, as well as the numerous issues of reproducibility. The war situation with Yemen hasn't helped either.

      - You will have trouble finding a job after KAUST, as I found out.

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  16. Does anyone know the job number for the Georgia Institute of Technology opportunity? The link goes to the careers website, not the actual posting.

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    1. 233175

      fixed the link - these Oracle sites are horrible, sorry

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  17. The application deadline for UT Austin has changed from 9/25 to 10/10 on Interfolio. A similar situation occurred in last year. Still wondering if the priority date is postponed as well to enlarge the candidate pool or it is just a smart maneuver to cut off those "not-well-prepared" applications submitted after the original priority date.

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looks like Blogger doesn't work with anonymous comments from Chrome browsers at the moment - works in Microsoft Edge, or from Chrome with a Blogger account - sorry! CJ 3/21/20