Assistant Professor in Experimental Physical Chemistry
The Chemistry Department of The College of William and Mary invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor beginning August 10, 2016. A Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience are required. We are interested in individuals with expertise in experimental physical chemistry, broadly defined. The Department’s fundamental commitments and strengths are in undergraduate teaching and research. We also offer Master’s degrees, and faculty can participate in interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an externally funded research program and a competitive startup package will be offered. Candidates should be able to teach courses in physical and general chemistry. A typical classroom teaching load for all faculty is one lecture and one laboratory section per semester to allow for significant student-faculty research. Review begins October 16th, 2015, and will continue until an appointment is made. Applicants must provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, statements of research plans and teaching philosophy, and arrange for three letters of recommendation. All materials must be submitted on-line through http://jobs.wm.edu. Questions about this tenure-track position can be addressed to Professor J.C. Poutsma (757-221-2548, firstname.lastname@example.org). The College of William and Mary is an EEO/AA employer and conducts background checks.
The College of William and Mary has an undergraduate student body of approximately 6000, a size that allows the College to combine the feel and student-faculty interaction of a small liberal arts college with the research of a much larger institution. The College is ranked as the 3rd best public university in the nation by Forbes Magazine in 2015 and is considered a "Public Ivy." The College attracts a highly qualified pool of undergraduate students, with 81% of students having graduated in the top 10% of their high school class and the middle 50% having total SAT scores ranging from 1270 to 1470 for the incoming class of 2018. The faculty at the College are committed to student research, and students in all disciplines are encouraged to become involved in faculty-mentored independent research.
The Department is extremely research-active with >80% of chemistry majors performing research before they graduate, even though research is not a graduation requirement (for the class of 2015: 75% performed at least 1 semester of research). The Department is also a top producer of ACS-certified graduates (for the class of 2015: 65% of the 63 graduates were ACS-certified). A 2001 report from the Research Corporation, "Academic Excellence: the Sourcebook," placed William and Mary first in producing physical and biological science graduates at predominantly undergraduate institutions over the past decade. By discipline, chemistry at William and Mary was ranked first. About half of our chemistry majors matriculate to graduate chemistry programs, with many entering top ranked schools such as Harvard, Cornell, Northwestern, Stanford, Wisconsin, Caltech, Berkeley, Purdue, etc. An additional 15-20% are accepted to professional programs such as medical, dental, and law schools. Archives of student destinations upon graduation can be found at graduating classes.
In addition to research opportunities during the academic year, the Department of Chemistry supports 40 to 50 undergraduate research students for a ten-week period during the summer. Students have the opportunity to work on an Honors thesis. The Department also has a thesis-based Master's program that graduates on average five students per year. Timelines for obtaining an M.S. typically range from 15 – 24 months. Finally, opportunities exist for mentoring Ph.D. students through interaction with other departments such as Applied Science and local government laboratories such as NASA-Langley and Thomas Jefferson Laboratory.