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Assistant/Associate Professor Biopolymer Materials

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Assistant/Associate Professor Biopolymer Materials
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor
Posting Number: TR0170016
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Position Summary:

The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech is seeking applications for the position of assistant/associate professor in the area of biopolymer materials. Virginia Tech has strong academic programs in biomaterials science, polymers, materials science, biology, and materials science and engineering.
The tenure-track position will be at the Assistant/Associate Professor level and will be an academic year (9 month) appointment. The position will be split approximately 50% fundamental or applied research and 50% teaching. The successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized research program in biomaterials from renewable resources, with major focus on biopolymers. Annual teaching responsibilities will include a minimum of one undergraduate course and one graduate course in the related areas of expertise. The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop new courses in their area of expertise. There will be teaching and research opportunities in collaboration with the Macromolecules Innovation Institute at Virginia Tech. The position provides excellent opportunities to develop a strong interdisciplinary program with other researchers in the department and on the Virginia Tech campus in fields including polysaccharide chemistry, wood composites and adhesives, polymer science, materials science, biology, and macromolecular science and engineering. Cooperation and collaboration within the department, across our campus, and with colleagues at other institutions is expected, thus strong collaborative skills are required. The successful candidate will be expected to obtain extramural funding, publish in refereed journals, participate in meetings of professional societies, serve as chairperson for graduate students, and serve on graduate committees.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in chemistry, polymer science, wood science, chemical engineering, biomaterials, materials science engineering, macromolecular science and engineering, or closely allied fields, with demonstrated experience in biomaterial science. The successful candidate must be able to communicate effectively with people at all levels in university, industry, and government sectors.

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How to Apply for this Job:

Application materials must include a current vitae, copies of official transcripts for all degrees at all institutions attended, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for four professional references. Applicants will submit a written statement of interest (5 page limit) that addresses the matching of personal skills and education with the position description, research plan, teaching philosophy and plans, and experience and philosophy with regard to diversity and inclusion. Applicants must apply online at posting #TR0170016. Review of candidate files will begin on March 21, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The successful candidate will be required to provide official transcripts.

Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year? Standard Academic Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Department: Sustainable Biomaterials
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 02/21/2017
Review Begin Date: 03/21/2017
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, 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 any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

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If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

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  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
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  3. Transcript
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