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Assistant Professor - Chemical Engineering

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Engineering
Department: Chemical Engineering
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Engineering, Instructional / Teaching Faculty, Research / Scientific


The Department of Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech seeks applications for a tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with research focused on energy, materials, and catalysis, though other ranks and areas may be considered. We are seeking candidates motivated to contribute to a collegial, interdisciplinary community with a strong tradition of both fundamental and applied research.

The Department ( currently has 17.5 full-time faculty members, including several early career awardees and holders of endowed professorships. The department is home to over 300 undergraduate and 60 graduate students. The department benefits from excellent facilities with most of the faculty located in the recently constructed Goodwin Hall. Disciplinary areas of specialization include biomedical engineering, catalysis and surface science, colloids and interfaces, membranes and advanced separations, polymer science and engineering, process design and systems engineering, and supercritical fluids. The current annual departmental research expenditures exceed $4.0 M.


Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. The undergraduate program in the College of Engineering ranks 16th graduate program ranks 30th among all U.S. engineering schools (US News and World Reports). The Mission of the College of Engineering is to educate and inspire our students to be critical thinkers, innovators and leaders. Our core values are inclusiveness, excellence, integrity, perseverance and stewardship.

This faculty position will be located at Virginia Tech's main campus, located in Blacksburg, Virginia, in an area consistently ranked among the country's best places to live. In addition, our program in the Washington, D.C. area offers unique proximity to government and industry partners and is also expanding rapidly, with Virginia Tech’s exciting new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA, slated to open in 2024. Additional opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration across the University, include the Department of Chemistry, Department of Materials Science and the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS). Further, the U.S. NSF-sponsored NanoEarth Center, the ICTAS supported Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory, and the Advanced Research Computing (ARC) Center provide access to centralized instrumentation and computational facilities.


The successful candidate will have a PhD in Chemical Engineering or a closely related field, a strong record of academic accomplishments and a proven ability to work collaboratively, a commitment to interdisciplinary research and instruction, and a willingness to expand disciplinary boundaries to address complex technical and societal challenges.


Applicants must apply online at (posting number 527215). Application materials include a cover letter, CV, up to three relevant research publications, and contact information for at least three professional references. In addition, applicants must provide a research statement and a statement of teaching and mentoring philosophy (limited to 3 pages each). These statements should include the candidate’s ideas for supporting an equitable and inclusive educational environment consistent with the Virginia Tech Principles of Community; specific examples of experiences, activities, and plans will help us identify candidates who can support and extend our University’s commitment to inclusive excellence. Review of applications will commence on December 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Ayman Karim at (540-231-9138).

The department fully embraces Virginia Tech’s Commitment to increase faculty, staff and student diversity; to ensure a welcoming, affirming, safe and accessible campus climate; to advance our research, teaching, and service mission through inclusive excellence; and to promote sustainable transformation through institutionalized structures. Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law. If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation, please email Stacey Ratcliffe at

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