CBE Faculty Position

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (CBE) is a vibrant, collegial, research-active department with 10 tenure-track faculty, over 200 undergraduate students, 35 graduate students, and a diverse team of postdoctoral researchers, professional, instructional, and administrative staff. CBE has an established global reputation for research innovation in atmospheric and fire remote sensing, atmospheric modeling, and environmental measurements.  CBE has six research focus areas:

Among its many strengths related to environmental and atmospheric research, CBE is well known for its research in atmospheric chemistry and aerosol modeling, chemical & environmental engineering with aerosol, air quality, and climate applications, satellite remote sensing and Earth system modeling, electrochemical engineering for renewable energy and environmental sustainability,  and leadership in Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Program.

The department is one of six departments in the College of Engineering (CoE), with more than 100 faculty and research expenditures of $50M per year. All academic units are housed in the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences, which enables frequent and regular opportunities for engagement with students, faculty, and staff throughout the college. Within the CoE, the Iowa Technology Institute has a first-class flight-testing facility through its Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL) in the Iowa City airport. Additionally, IIHR - Hydroscience & Engineering has a vibrant research program in water and flood research. Collectively, the atmospheric and Earth science research in the University of Iowa is also led and facilitated by the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, the Office of Sustainability, and many other interdisciplinary departments, centers, and colleges, including the College of Public Health and the Carver College of Medicine

This open-rank tenure-track position is a new strategic hire partially funded by the University of Iowa’s private-public-partnership (P3) program. As such, preference will be given to candidates with expertise in the formulation and design of instrumentation for Earth observation from space or airborne platforms. In addition, candidates with expertise in the development of novel sensor materials, distributed and smart sensor networks, and big data analytics are encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates should demonstrate potential for attracting extramural funding and establishing a research program that will contribute to the advancement of Earth observation technology for studying the atmosphere, climate and/or Earth systems. The successful candidate will develop a teaching portfolio both in chemical engineering and in research-relevant areas such as earth observation, sensor technologies, and atmospheric/environmental sciences.

A successful candidate will complement current research strengths and will be able to use the world-class fabrication and other facilities of the Department of Physics and Astronomy (P&A). The first satellite (Explorer 1) launched by the United States carried the Cosmic-Ray Detector designed by UI in 1958. Since then, UI-built instruments have been launched on over 70 different spacecraft. In addition to developing and growing their own research program, the candidate will  have the opportunity to leverage and bridge P&A’s excellence in space instrumentation, with CBE’s strengths in atmospheric modeling and remote sensing algorithms.

The search committee is especially interested in candidates who will bring to their research the perspective that comes from nontraditional educational background or an understanding of the experiences of those historically underrepresented and/or marginalized in STEM fields. We understands the link between diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and excellence in education. We are proud to be the first public institution that admitted both men and women regardless of race (since our founding in 1847), and the first to extend benefits to employees’ domestic partners (in 1992). 

We embrace our shared responsibility to create a welcoming and inclusive campus culture so that all community members can unlock their own potential. Faculty members in our college contribute to this mission by designing curricula, research programs, and engagement opportunities that advance our understanding of DEI and emphasize the value of global citizenship. As part of the application, applicants are asked to describe their past, current and planned future efforts to advance diversity and inclusion in alignment with the University of Iowa’s mission and values in the areas of teaching, research, mentoring, broader impacts, or other professional service. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering, atmospheric science, chemistry, physics or other related field.
  • Ability to teach and develop courses and mentor students in the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering program.
  • Potential to attract extramural funding and establish a research program that will contribute to the advancement of observation technology for studying the atmosphere, climate and/or Earth systems 
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We are particularly interested in applicants who will actively foster a climate that values and engages diversity in all its forms as aligned with the DEI goals of the department and college.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Training and expertise in one or more of the following areas:
    • Instrumentation for Earth observation from space or airborne platforms
    • Novel sensor materials
    • Distributed and smart sensor networks
    • Big data analytics
  • Ability to teach and develop courses on earth observation, sensor technologies, and atmospheric/environmental sciences
  • Demonstrated success working with diverse groups of students
  • Experience with interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Experience acquiring research funding
  • Evidence of a commitment to maintain respectful, team-oriented working relationships

Applicants will be asked to include the following components in their application:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the position;
  • A current CV;
  • Name and contact information for three references;
  • A representative research publication; and
  • Three equally important supporting statements:
    • Commitment to DEI Statement: Describe your past, current, and/or future contributions to DEI, and how your research, teaching, mentoring and/or professional service activities have (or will) advance DEI and promote social justice.
    • Teaching Statement: Explain your teaching philosophy, and a plan for maintaining continuous improvement in teaching and mentoring.
    • Research Statement:  Explain your research philosophy, and present your plan for establishing and maintaining a recognized and well-funded research program. 

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual.

Please feel free to email the search chair, Jun Wang, with any questions.

More Information

Please also review supplementary information about the position on our department's website. We will continue to develop and update the site, so please visit regularly for updated information.  

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