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Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

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Department: Chemical Engineering
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Engineering, Sciences

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological University invites applications for an assistant professor tenure-track faculty position. The university's Tech Forward initiatives focus on building research in advanced materials and manufacturing, autonomy, sensing, health, energy, and sustainability. Research areas include but are not limited to advanced materials, biotechnology, modeling,
advanced separations, process intensification & design, mineral processing, and process automation & control. We are seeking candidates who have demonstrated excellence in research and have a strong commitment to teaching and working with students.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Teach both undergraduate and graduate level courses.
Develop external funding for research program.
Be recognized by your peers for your excellence in research and creation of knowledge.
Foster and Contribute to a collaborative culture within your workplace.
Engage in professional service activities within the department, university, community, and technical organizations.

Employees are expected to apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work and commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

PhD in chemical engineering or closely related discipline.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Demonstrated excellence in research.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Experience in class-room teaching, designing and developing a new course at the university level.
Experience in leading and advising a research group.
Writing research proposals.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Strong commitment to teaching and working with students.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Technical Communication skills (oral and written).
Empathy and support for diversity and inclusiveness.
Fostering a culture of safety in your work environment.
Ability to engage in collaborative research ideas.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

9 months


1st Shift

Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

Department Chair

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Applications are to be submitted on-line at  Applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement describing their research interests and future plans, a statement of their teaching interests and philosophy, and will be asked for the names of at least three professional references. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please direct inquiries to the Search Committee Chair, Tim Eisele at  Review of the applications will begin immediately.

Additional Information

The Department of Chemical Engineering currently has 16 faculty members, 480 undergraduate students, and 35 graduate students. Externally-funded research has doubled in the past two years, and the Department is on a trajectory to double its graduate enrollment over the next five years. In March 2018, the undergraduate program was ranked 9th in the nation by College Factual, making it the highest ranked program in the State of Michigan. The Department has one of the best Unit Operations Laboratory in the nation, with two pilot-plant
set-ups and state-of-the-art process simulation and control facility. Michigan Tech's graduates are eagerly sought by industry because of their hands-on training and rigorous coursework.

Michigan Technological University, one of the four major universities in the State of Michigan, is located in Houghton, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula adjacent to Lake Superior. The community offers a small-town environment with outstanding four-season recreational opportunities.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, and has twice received National Science Foundation funds in support of efforts to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.

Michigan Tech actively supports dual career partners to retain a quality workforce. Candidates are invited to bring a guest to an on-campus interview and we offer career exploration advice and assistance finding positions at the University and in the local community;

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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