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Professor and Chair - Chemical Engineering

Apply now Job no: 502911
Position Type: Faculty Full-time (Tenure/Tenure Track)
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: College of Engineering

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The same commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastal sustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.


About the Opportunity:

The College of Engineering at Northeastern University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Chemical Engineering Department. The Chair will provide a vision to direct the hiring of faculty, the nurturing of research foci, and the development of educational curricula.



About the department:

The Chemical Engineering Department ( at Northeastern University comprises one of the most diverse chemical engineering faculty in the nation with a demonstrated commitment to inclusion. The department consists of 24 tenured/tenure-track faculty, with active research programs spanning advanced materials, energy, and biological engineering; three full-time teaching faculty; four co-operative education coordinators; seven staff; and 13 faculty with affiliated appointments. The departmental spirit is collegial, vibrant, and young. The department is home to 68 Ph.D. students, 77 M.S. students, and 584 undergraduate students, over half of whom are women, with enrollments in all categories undergoing rapid growth. Experiential education is a hallmark of our program, with over 300 students completing co-op in the past year.



Candidates must demonstrate outstanding leadership, management, and mentoring ability, and a clear vision for the future of the department. The new chair will be expected to build upon the department’s recognized strengths, recruit outstanding faculty, promote scholarly initiatives, facilitate internal and external research collaborations, and oversee curriculum changes. Furthermore they should be able to foster corporate and alumni relations, promote new funding opportunities through research and advancement, steer the department through an exciting period of growth and change in the field, and lead the department to its next level of excellence and visibility.

Candidates are expected to have demonstrated strategic vision through leadership of a well-established, nationally and internationally recognized research program, with a strong record of externally-funded research.

Candidates will have demonstrated excellence and significant experience in teaching, with a commitment to high-quality teaching in chemical engineering, and interest in advancing education programs with a balance between undergraduate and graduate levels.

Candidates should also have demonstrated leadership and administrative experience and a distinguished record of service.

A doctorate degree in chemical engineering or closely related fields of science and engineering is required.

Applicants should submit a detailed curriculum vitae and four professional references. In addition, the application should include a strategic vision statement for the department and statements of research and teaching plans. Consideration of applications will begin in October 2019. The target starting date is July 2020, but the position will remain open until filled. Inquiries and nominations for the position should be submitted to Prof. Richard West <> and Prof. Carolyn Lee-Parsons <>.

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Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see



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