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Assistant Professor Analytical Chemistry

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Science & Engineering

Position Title Assistant Professor Analytical Chemistry
About the University

Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

WWU is one of 24 institutions in the USA to receive funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Program, which supports the Advancing Excellence and Equity in Science program in the College of Science and Engineering. 

About the Department

The College of Science and Engineering and Chemistry Department support Western’s mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from individuals who identify as one or more of the following:  women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this faculty position. 

The Chemistry Department has 23 tenure-track faculty, serves about 300 undergraduate majors and over 20 graduate students annually, and offers a variety of degrees in Biochemistry or Chemistry (M.S., B.S., B.A.), along with a combined B.A. with Education degree.  The B.S. Chemistry degree is approved by the American Chemical Society.  More than half of our undergraduate majors are active in faculty-mentored research projects, and many present their work at national meetings and are co-authors on peer-reviewed publications. 

About the Position

The successful candidate will be expected to teach quantitative analysis and instrumental analysis, as well as general chemistry and appropriate special topics courses.  This person must be committed to quality undergraduate education and to fulfilling teaching responsibilities in ways that support an equitable and inclusive learning environment for students.   The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an active research program involving undergraduate and M.S. students.

Required Qualifications
  • An earned Ph.D. in analytical chemistry or related field from an accredited institution is required at time of application
  • Record of high quality scholarship in the chemical sciences
  • Record of or potential for high quality undergraduate teaching
  • Record of or commitment to working effectively and inclusively with diverse groups of students and colleagues
  • Commitment to establishing a vigorous research program involving undergraduate and M.S. students.  The focus of an individual's research specialization is open to all relevant areas of analytical chemistry (broadly defined).
Preferred Qualifications
  • Post-doctoral research experience
  • Industrial experience in analytical chemistry
  • Ability to initiate or participate in cross-disciplinary collaborations


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter addressing all of the required and preferred qualifications.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts.  (Unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable for initial application review.)
  4. One-page statement of teaching philosophy and interest.
  5. One-page statement describing your record of or commitment to working effectively and inclusively with diverse groups of students and colleagues.
  6. Detailed statement of research plans (max. length of four pages, not including references).

Required Supplemental Materials

In addition, please provide contact information for three reference letters, which will be automatically requested from the referees via the PageUp System.

Additional Questions Inquiries about the position may be addressed to Prof. Steven Emory at (360) 650-7437 or

Closing Date Notes

Review of applications begins September 16, 2019

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

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WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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