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Assistant Professor - Chemical & Materials Engineering (Chemical Engineering)

Apply now Job no: 505413
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Engineering


Position Rank and Title:
Assistant Professor

School/Department Name: Chemical and Materials Engineering Department

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Application Deadline: by 5:00pm Friday December 31, 2021, Pacific Standard Time

Target Start Date: August 2022

First Review Date (or Closing Date): Friday January 7, 2022

Position Description

The Chemical and Materials Engineering Department at San José State University seeks an Assistant Professor for a full-time, tenure-track position with primary teaching and coordinating responsibilities in the Chemical Engineering program. We especially welcome applications from scholars with expertise in artificial intelligence applications in chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, materials processing, or catalysis, particularly related to the themes identified as priority areas by the University: Sustainable Futures and Earth Systems Science and/or Health Equity and Health Infrastructures.

Since 1956, the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering has been committed to providing the best academic preparation for undergraduate and graduate students. The current research areas of our faculty include biochemical engineering, engineering for health and safety, sustainability, materials/semiconductors, and energy. Most of our students find gainful employment, and enjoy successful and productive careers in the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond. Our faculty is committed to student success by providing experiential learning through independent research projects and collaborative research with local industries and universities. Details are provided in the department website at

The Chemical and Materials Engineering Department, the College of Engineering and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, or in a closely related engineering discipline with at least one degree (B.S. or M.S.) in Chemical Engineering. The applicant must have attained the PhD degree by January 2021, and must have at least one year of post-doctoral work or equivalent industry/academia experience. Demonstrated research expertise in artificial intelligence applications in chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, materials processing, or catalysis, particularly related to the themes identified as priority areas by the University: Sustainable Futures and Earth Systems Science or Health Equity and Health Infrastructures. The applicant must be committed to teaching and research activities of the highest academic and professional caliber, and maintain a student-centric approach, thus contributing to the development of students as productive, responsible, and caring citizens of the world.

  • Applicants must have a strong commitment to:
    • teaching and working with a diverse population of students at the undergraduate and Masters levels
    • teaching core and elective undergraduate and Masters-level Chemical Engineering courses
    • curricular development to complement and further advance the current curriculum
    • laboratory development that will enhance the quality of education and research opportunities provided to the students
    • development of externally funded research program, and dissemination through peer-reviewed publications

  • The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated self-starter, has excellent written and oral communications skills, and be a team player.

  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:

  • Aptitude for developing new or complementing existing chemical engineering undergraduate laboratory curricula
  • Aptitude for teaching core chemical engineering undergraduate and graduate courses in chemical and biochemical reactor design and thermodynamics

Key Responsibilities

  • Candidate will teach Masters-level and undergraduate courses in chemical engineering, conduct research in their area of expertise, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and contribute to the growth and success of the department.
  • The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
  • The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Application Procedure:

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • letter of interest – two page maximum, 11pt font
  • curriculum vitae
  • diversity statement – three page maximum, 11pt font
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy – three page maximum, 11pt font
  • research plans – three page maximum, 11pt font
  • three original letters of references with contact information (name, phone number and email address) for the references by 5:00 p.m., Friday December 31, 2021, Pacific Standard Time

Inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Katy Kao,

Conditional Offer

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world —
San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are mae for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


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Last Updated Sep 13, 2021