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Open Rank: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

Apply now Job no: 508317
Position Type: Faculty Full-time (Tenure/Tenure Track)
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: College of Engineering, College of Science

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning.  Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.


Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system.  Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.


Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.  Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


About the Opportunity:

Northeastern University invites applications for tenure track positions in the field of clean, sustainable energy, broadly defined. One primary appointment will be in Chemistry and Chemical Biology and one primary appointment will be in Chemical Engineering with joint appointments in other departments across the University. Additional joint appointments may be primarily in the College of Engineering. Candidates will have the opportunity to collaborate in cross-disciplinary teams across the University and will complement existing strengths. 


Fields that may be relevant include materials chemistry, photochemistry, synthetic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry and bioengineering. These positions will build on already significant expertise towards university leadership in this area including industry connections and products. We are seeking new approaches for energy storage and conversion, climate and environmental modeling, water treatment, environmental sensing and monitoring, and renewable and sustainable consumer products are essential for environmental protection and improvement. The candidate would advance research related to environmental sustainability in chemistry.


Applications are invited for multiple positions at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) beginning in academic year 2022-2023. Exceptional senior candidates will be considered for appointment at higher ranks. 


The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (“CCB”) ( includes 29 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 30% of whom are women; 11 full-time teaching faculty; three research faculty; and nine faculty with affiliated appointments.  CCB was recognized as the most gender diverse faculty among the top 50 US Chemistry Departments in 2019.  CCB enrolls approximately 150 undergraduate majors; 27 M.S. and PlusOne (BS/MS) students; and 80 Ph.D. students. Under new leadership, the College of Science, and CCB are in a vibrant expansion phase.


The Department of Chemical Engineering ( includes 22 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 40% of whom are women; 4 full-time teaching faculty; and thirteen faculty with affiliated appointments. Chemical engineering enrolls approximately 475 undergraduate majors; 40 M.S. and PlusOne (BS/MS) students; and 70 Ph.D. students. Experiential education is a hallmark of our programs, with nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate students completing co-ops in the past year and a commitment to undergraduate research.


Northeastern is home to the Coastal Sustainability Institute, the Global Resilience Institute, the Barnett Institute for Chemical and Biological Analysis, the Institute for Chemical Imaging of Living Systems, and the Northeastern University Center for Renewable Energy Technology, providing a rich multidisciplinary intellectual environment.  


Our tenure and promotion process values collaborative research and teamwork. Hires will be mentored for success, with mentoring teams and group guidance. In addition, a strong and effective faculty development strategy is part of the Northeastern institutional mission. The ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development office works in conjunction with the Office of Research Development (ORD), the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI), the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), and University Decision Support (UDS) to provide programs and trainings to further develop and support a thriving faculty.


In the Northeastern University Colleges of Science and Engineering, we embrace a culture of respect, where each person is valued for their contribution and is treated fairly. We oppose all forms of racism. We support a culture that does not tolerate any form of discrimination and where each person may belong. As a community, we strive to have a diverse membership, one where each person is trained and mentored to promote their success.


Candidates are expected to develop vigorous research programs cross cutting the fields of chemistry, chemical biology, environmental science, chemical and environmental engineering, and/or materials science.  Faculty members at Northeastern are expected to develop independent research programs that attract external funding; teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate level; supervise students and postdocs in their area of research; and participate in service to the department, university, and discipline.



A Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field or a discipline relevant to the department of primary appointment by the appointment start date is required. We encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, including academia and industry.  


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Additional Information:

Interested candidates should apply here with a curriculum vita that includes a list of publications, a statement of research interests and objectives, a teaching statement, an equity and diversity statement addressing the prompts below, and at least three reference letters. Applications will be reviewed beginning on December 1, 2021.

The College of Science and College of Engineering have a continuing commitment to ensuring equity and respect in our research collaborations, classrooms, and community. This commitment is reflected in the College of Science’s Equity Action Plan and Principles of Community and College of Engineering’s Dean’s Council Diversity Pledge. Successful faculty in the Colleges will be dynamic and innovative scholars with research and teaching excellence and a commitment to contributing to improved equity, diversity, and inclusion. Thus, strong candidates for this faculty position will have the expertise, knowledge, and skills to build their research, pedagogy, and curriculum in ways that reflect and enhance this commitment. Please indicate how your expertise, knowledge, and skills have prepared you to contribute to this work with written statements addressing the following prompts:

Research statement:

Please describe the focus of your research, including the questions you have identified, the funding you have received to support the work (if applicable), the results you have discovered, and the products of these efforts. Please also describe any research you have undertaken with students, with the external community, and/or with individuals from marginalized groups. Finally, please outline the research directions you foresee pursuing as a faculty member.


Teaching statement:

Please summarize your past instructional and/or mentorship experiences, your pedagogical philosophy, your plans/goals for teaching (including existing and proposed courses), and your strategies for teaching and mentoring a diverse cohort of undergraduate and graduate students.


Equity statement:

Please provide an example of a time when you altered or changed your approach to research, teaching, or service because of the diversity of the group you were working with or your awareness of marginalized populations. What changes did you make? Did they have the affects you hoped for at the time? What did you learn from this situation? How would you expect to apply what you learned from this situation as a faculty member? We are interested in how you handled and learned from a past situation, not the identities of the people involved, so please only disclose that with which you are comfortable.


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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