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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 (WWU) is a public institution that was founded in 1893 and is comprised of about 16,000 students. It is recognized as the top public masters-granting university in the Pacific Northwest by US News & World Report.  The Chronicle of Higher Education names Western as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, winning honors in two categories: teaching environment, and tenure clarity and process. 

WWU is located in scenic Bellingham, Washington, a town of about 90,000 residents nestled between the mountains of the North Cascades and the waters of Puget Sound. Recreational opportunities abound nearby, including: biking, running, skiing, hiking, sailing, kayaking, and mountaineering. Bellingham is roughly 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and 90 miles north of Seattle, Washington, each with a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere and home to many leading technology companies.

Together our students, staff, and faculty are committed to making a positive impact in the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement.  WWU’s commitment to institutionalizing inclusive practices seeks to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community.  We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution. 

About the Department

The Chemistry Department has 24 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 certified 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.  Students are also involved in outreach, inclusion, professional development, and leadership activities through our Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society and Student Ambassador Program.    

About the College

The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) and the Department are committed to creating equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for their students, faculty, and staff. WWU is one of 24 institutions in the USA to receive funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence Program.  One HHMI Initiative is the Advancing Excellence and Equity in Science (AEES) Program that focuses on enhancing recruitment, retention, and success for first-generation, underrepresented racial and ethnic minority, female, and transfer students in CSE. In addition, several faculty-led initiatives and committees focus on diversity and inclusivity in the classroom and beyond.  Involvement with the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and our “Out in Science” program are also vital to advancing inclusion within the college (WWU STEM Clubs).

About the Position

WWU invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in analytical chemistry beginning Fall quarter, 2021. The Chemistry Department and the College of Sciences and Engineering 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 women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with the ability to be sensitive to and inclusive of students with marginalized identities and backgrounds. The successful candidate will be expected to teach analytical chemistry (i.e. quantitative analysis) and instrumental analysis, as well as general chemistry and appropriate special topics courses.  The person will also be expected to fulfill working, teaching, and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive environments for all students, faculty, and staff.  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. at time of application or ABD at time of application in analytical chemistry or related field from an accredited institution is required (If ABD, all degree requirements must be complete by June 15th of the first year of employment).
  • Record of high-quality scholarship in the chemical sciences.
  • Record of or potential for high quality and inclusive undergraduate teaching.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues, including a demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds.
  • 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 and/or 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

Interested candidates must apply online.  For application information and instructions, go to the WWU Employment website.  A complete application should include:


  1. Application Letter:  a letter of application that addresses how you meet the qualifications for the position, your ability and commitment to fulfill the position responsibilities, and your availability to start as of September 16, 2021.
  2. Diversity Statement (max 2 pages):  a separate statement of demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in teaching, scholarship and/or service describing past experience, contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts, the impact on students, faculty, staff and/or your field and a description of how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at WWU.  See for more information.
  3. Teaching Statement (max 2 pages): a separate statement of your teaching experience and/or interests, and plans for teaching introductory and advanced courses. Include a summary of teaching evaluations, if applicable.
  4. Research Statement (max 4 pages, not including references):  a separate detailed statement of your research interests, projects, and plans for student involvement.
  5. Vita: a full curriculum vitae.
  6. References:  the names and contact information for at least three professional references.  Letters will be automatically requested from the provided references via Western’s PageUp electronic application system.
  7. Undergraduate & Graduate Transcripts:  unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable for initial application review.
Closing Date Notes

Review of applications begins December 15, 2020; position open until filled. Inquiries about the position may be addressed to the search committee co-chair, Prof. Steven Emory, at 

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 Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance Office (CRTC) ADA Coordinator, 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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