Assistant Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering


Position Overview

The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (CPE) at the University of Kansas (KU) invites applications for a full-time tenure track position at the Assistant Professor rank. We welcome applications from candidates with expertise in either experimental or computational research that will complement the department and university’s current strengths in areas of energy and sustainable environmental technologies and/or biotechnology. Candidates who can strengthen existing research programs and centers in energy and sustainability are especially encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, energy engineering or a related discipline and demonstrate the potential to develop an independent research program. The successful candidate must also demonstrate a strong commitment to educate and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will conduct and publish original research, advise graduate students, teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, and perform service at the University, nationally and internationally. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

The University of Kansas, School of Engineering (SoE) and the CPE Department value diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. In its continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. We therefore seek a diverse pool of applicants in terms of gender, race ethnicity, veteran status sexual orientation and disability, who are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment. In Spring 2019, the KU SoE was one of only 29 universities to receive an inaugural ASEE Diversity Recognition Award.

Job Description

40% Teaching: Responsibilities include (a) teaching undergraduate/graduate core and elective courses in chemical, petroleum or energy engineering both in-person and online, (b) developing courses and participating in curriculum development, (c) mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, and if possible, postdoctoral fellows, and (d) advising graduate students, including chairing doctoral dissertation committees.

40% Research: Responsibilities include (a) conducting and directing cutting-edge research in the areas mentioned above, (b) training and graduating Master’s and PhD students, serving as thesis/dissertation committee chair, (c) securing external funding to sustain an independent research program, (d) publishing in peer-reviewed journals, (e) presenting at professional conferences, (f) serving as a member of graduate thesis and dissertation committees, and (f) if possible, developing intellectual property. The position will enable participation in the education and training of students and postdoctoral researchers in the Department.

20% Service: Responsibilities include performing service for the Department, School, University, academic and research profession, and interacting effectively with students, faculty, and local, national and international communities.

Required Qualifications

  1. PhD in chemical, petroleum, energy or closely related engineering field by start date of appointment.
  2. A proven record or demonstrated high potential in conducting independent research with evidence of publications and other scholarly products.
  3. Demonstrated (or high potential for) teaching excellence in a university setting including the ability to develop and teach online courses
  4. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with others and participate in teamwork.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated ability to obtain external funding.
  2. One year of prior postdoctoral or industry experience
  3. Alignment with existing CPE Department's research strengths and programs

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete online application will include the following: (1) a letter of application, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) detailed teaching and research plans (each plan not exceeding 3 single-sided pages with 12 pt font), including references), (4) a statement on diversity (4000 characters or less, see guidelines below), and (5) the names and contact information of at least three references.

Learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Review of application materials will begin December 6th, 2023 and will remain open until the position is filled.

Contact Information to Applicants

Reza Barati, Professor and Director of Tertiary Oil Recovery Program. Email: reza.barati@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

Competitive and commensurate with qualifications & experience

Application Review Begins

Wednesday December 6, 2023

Anticipated Start Date

Sunday August 18, 2024

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  26585BR
  • Department:  Chemical & Petroleum Engr
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Regular
  • Employee Class:  F-Faculty
  • Review Begins:  06-Dec-2023

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