Thomas A. Saunders Family Jefferson Scholars Foundation University Professorship in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

The Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia invite applications for the Saunders Chair of Catalysis for Energy. This position is part of UVA's investment of $60 million toward climate solutions through the University's Grand Challenge Research Initiatives, which include significant investments in research infrastructure and up to six new faculty positions in the area of catalysis for energy and chemical processes.

The Saunders Chair of Catalysis for Energy is an endowed University tenured Professorship, which is the highest distinction for chaired faculty positions at the University of Virginia. Candidates must have a Ph. D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field, at least five years of experience in an academic institution, and an exemplary record of scholarship in the field of catalysis with a focus on energy related research as well as teaching excellence. Further, it is expected that candidates will provide a leadership role in the field of catalysis for new energy transformations and, working with colleagues at the University of Virginia, build innovative and impactful collaborative research and education programs. 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.

This new faculty member 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. This position will be filled at the rank of full professor and, ideally, will be a joint appointment between the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

UVA, a top-five public university in the U.S., is a Carnegie R1 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.

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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 senior rank.

3. A research statement that includes your vision for your research program at the University of Virginia including plans to build impactful collaborative research efforts (≤ 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 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 May 28, 2023 and will remain open until the position is filled. The University will also perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. This position will also require an education verification (FSAKA).

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

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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.