Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Chemistry

Rapid City, South Dakota (US)
Salary is commensurate with experience.
November 10 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

The Department of Chemistry, Biology, and Health Sciences (CBHS) at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology invites applications for a full-time, benefited, 9-month tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level in Biochemistry (broadly defined).  The desired start date is Fall 2021.  Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Chemistry, or Biology, or closely related discipline at the time of the appointment and must demonstrate potential to develop and maintain an externally funded research program.  Candidates with research areas that complement those of the current faculty and build on the strengths of the department and interdisciplinary graduate programs are encouraged to apply.  The successful candidates must have a strong commitment to excellence in instruction and will be expected to teach Biochemistry and advanced elective courses in their area of expertise.  Previous teaching experience is desired.

The CBHS Department offers an ACS-certified undergraduate degree in Chemistry, an undergraduate degree in Biology, and an undergraduate degree in Pre-professional Health Sciences.  Faculty in the department can participate in several multidisciplinary graduate programs (including Biomedical Engineering, Materials Engineering and Science, Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, and Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences) and collaborate with the externally or state funded Research Centers on campus.  Research areas currently being pursued by CBHS faculty include sustainable chemistry, biochemistry/biotechnology, materials chemistry, environmental science, epidemiology, and deep underground science.

Established in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. South Dakota Mines is a public university offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science.

Known for our academic rigor, we maintain an average class size of 24. Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering.

South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls around 2,550 students from 46 states and 41 countries and is ranked as the best engineering school for return on investment out of 302 similar institutions across the United States. The SD Mines placement rate for recent graduates is 97 percent.

Rapid City is the state's second largest city (with an urban population of 75,443 and metropolitan population of 148,749) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit:

South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including paid medical and life insurance for our employees, as well as medical, dental and vision coverage for spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.  Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

South Dakota Mines does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status in employment or the provision of service.

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