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Job ID: 220099

Assistant Professor
Washington State University

Date Posted Aug. 23, 2023
Title Assistant Professor
University Washington State University
Pullman, WA, United States
Department Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering
Application Deadline Sep. 23, 2023
Position Start Date Aug. 16, 2024
  • Assistant Professor
  • Chemical/Petroleum
    Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)

The Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering (VSCEB) at Washington State University (WSU) Pullman, WA invites applications for a permanent tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level. We anticipate the new hire will assist VSCEB at WSU to further grow our vibrant research and educational programs. We strongly encourage applicants from groups underrepresented in engineering to apply for the positions. The positions will be located at the WSU/Pullman campus and the individual hired for this position is expected to join existing faculty members at Aug. 16, 2024 or as early as Jan. 1, 2024.


Summary of Duties:

The successful candidate is expected to establish a dynamic, externally funded, nationally recognized research program, teach core and elective undergraduate and graduate courses in bioengineering and/or chemical engineering, mentor a diverse group of students, perform professional service, and publish scholarly work. VSCEB welcomes strong candidates with active research in the areas of synthetic biology, electrosymbiotic engineering, molecular, cellular and tissue engineering. Priority will be given to the candidate whose work shows significant promise and the potential to uniquely strengthen existing research programs.  Successful candidate is expected to build collaborations with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, other departments at WSU, nationally and internationally.


Required qualifications:

Candidates must hold both (1) a Bachelor degree in either chemical engineering or bioengineering and (2) a PhD degree in chemical engineering, biochemical or biomedical engineering, or a closely related field prior to the start of the appointment, an ability to teach core bioengineering and/or chemical engineering classes, and a commitment to collaborate with diverse internal and external groups. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of scholarly work, a commitment to service and diversity equity and inclusion activities in the department, and potential to establish a robust nationally-recognized, extramurally funded research program that complements and uniquely strengthens existing program(s) within the school and WSU.


Annual Salary: 

$105,000 - $120,000 per nine-month academic year.

In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate’s current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position.

WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.

For a more detailed summary of benefits offered by WSU for Faculty visit: 2023-Benefit-Overview-for-Faculty-and-AP.pdf ( Find total compensation information here:


About The Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering:

The individual hired for this position will join existing faculty members in the VSCEB. As of Spring 2023, 239 undergraduate students, 4 MS students, and 58 Ph.D. students are enrolled in programs offered by the VSCEB. We currently graduate about 42 BS students and 18 graduate students each year. We plan to grow our undergraduate and graduate programs through new and innovative research and educational offerings.

The bioengineering program has an exceptionally strong focus on electrochemically active biofilms, electrosymbiotic engineering, human health-related protein and tissue engineering, and biomedical engineering research. With over $4 million in recorded annual research expenditures, the VSCEB faculty has an outstanding track record in receiving 6 NSF CAREER awards and acquiring several multi-million dollar collaborative research grants and many individual project grants from NIH, NSF, DOE, USDA, ONR, DTRA, and other federal and private funding agencies. In addition, the bioengineering faculty has established strong synergy with other faculty in biology, chemistry, microbiology, neuroscience, and materials science as well as the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine and the medical community in Spokane, WA, on human and environmental health-related research. Furthermore, our chemical engineering and bioengineering faculty are integral to one of the nation’s longest-running, NIGMS-sponsored Ph.D. training programs, which is focused on protein biotechnology.


About WSU and Pullman, WA:

WSU is among 108 public, and private universities in America recognized with the “very high research activity” categorization and among 240 universities and colleges nationwide to earn the “community engagement” classification from the Carnegie Foundation. The chemical engineering program for the past two years has been in the top 20 in the Best Global Universities US News & World Report ranking (in the United States). In 2008, the school was named the Gene and Linda Voiland School based on their generous support. With a population of 34,000, Pullman is a quintessential college town—ranked #1 in the “Best Cities to Live in Washington” by the Washington state Chamber of Commerce 2019 report, one of the top 10 best college towns in the nation according to MSN’s 2012 report; ranked #15 safest college town in America by a SafeWise 2019 report; and recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek as the “Best Place to Raise Kids” in Washington State. Pullman consistently boasts one of the top school districts in the state. Situated to the east of the Cascade Mountains, Pullman enjoys a dry four-season climate (21 inches of annual precipitation), with sunny, warm summers, relatively mild winters, and excellent access to outdoor recreational opportunities. WSU is an EO/AA Educator/Employer.


Application Materials:

Applicants must submit their completed application by September 23, 2023. Applications should include: 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vita, 3) a statement of research plans and potential synergy with VSCEB and other WSU faculty research activities (approximately 2 pages), 4) a statement of teaching experience and interests (maximum of 2 pages), 5) a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement (approximately 1 page), and 6) contact information for 4 professional references. The committee may contact the references at any time during the search.

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