Open Rank Faculty Search in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering - Catalysis

The Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia invite applications for two tenured or tenure-track positions in the field of catalysis for energy and large-scale chemical processes. The positions are part of UVA's investment of $60 million toward climate solutions through the University's Grand Challenge Research Initiatives, which includes investments in research infrastructure and up to six new faculty positions in the area of catalysis for energy and chemical processes.

These new faculty members will join a vibrant, interdisciplinary research community in the departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Both Departments offer a collegial and supportive environment, and many opportunities for collaboration within and between the Schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering.  Both positions will be open to any rank (assistant, associate or full professor) with the rank and tenure status being commensurate with experience level. Primary appointment can be in either the Department of Chemistry or the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering or a related field at the time of appointment, a record of excellence in scientific research, and a commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Existing strengths in heterogenous catalysis, electrocatalysis, fuel cells, electrolyzers, or membranes with an emphasis on energy and sustainability will be given priority.  In line with UVA’s commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both broadly across the university and in STEM fields, applicants should highlight in their application evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion to accelerate equity for underrepresented groups.

UVA, a top-five public university in the U.S., is an R1 Carnegie institution located in historic Charlottesville, a scenic, culturally vibrant small city that frequently ranks among America’s best places to live. Our departments are within walking distance of a world-class medical school, as well as UVA’s renowned business, commerce, public policy and data science schools, affording excellent opportunities for collaboration on scientific research, entrepreneurial ventures and science-driven issue advocacy.  UVA has and continues to invest heavily in its STEM departments, including a recent $100 million renovation of the Chemistry building.

Apply online at  and attach the following required documents to your application.  Please upload to the resume box a SINGLE PDF, containing the following components in order:

1. Cover letter that succinctly highlights your most significant research accomplishments, experiences and qualifications.

2. CV that includes contact information for three references.  Demonstration of sustained grant or equivalent support is required for appointments at a mid-career or senior rank.

3. A research statement that includes your vision for your research program at the university (≤ 2 pages).

4. A statement on teaching and scientific mentoring that details your experience and goals (≤ 1 page).

5. A statement that describes your demonstrated past experience working on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion and/or working with diverse populations and/or cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in your work (teaching, research, and service) (≤ 1 page).

**Applications that do not have all the required components will not receive full consideration.***

Review of applications will begin on September 13, 2022 and will remain open until January 31, 2023 or until the positions are filled, whichever occurs first. The university will also perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. This position will also require an Education Verification (FSAKA).

For questions about the positions, please contact Dean Harman, Search Chair, at

For questions about the application process, please contact Richard K. Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

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With one of the highest graduation rates of minority undergraduate students and one of the highest percentages of women engineering students among public universities, the University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. UVA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We welcome nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities. We also welcome others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the university's research and teaching mission. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.

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The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.