University of Connecticut, Institute of Materials Science

Position ID:UConn-IMS-2020253 [#15574, 493828]
Position Title: Assistant, Associate or Full Professor
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Area: Materials Science
Appl Deadline: (posted 2019/11/22, listed until 2020/04/21)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed, and no new applications is accepted. ***

The Institute of Materials Science (IMS) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) seeks qualified candidates for two tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Professor in any area of materials. Particular areas of interest include polymer science and engineering, solid state chemistry and physics, materials engineering, conductive materials, biomaterials, composites, materials discovery and data science, materials learning, materials design, and other similar areas.

UConn is in the midst of a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and Tech Park ( initiatives in conjunction with a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence ( We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications from eminent scholars who can engage with IMS faculty members.

Founded in 1965 and operating with nearly a $10M budget, the IMS is an interdisciplinary research collaborative composed of faculty members from various home departments.  Currently, the IMS contains 136 faculty members, 34 of which are internal. In this search, the department is open as we are interested in all areas concerning materials. The IMS offers Ph.D. programs in both materials science and polymer science. To learn more about the IMS, please visit:

The successful candidate will contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding; high quality publications, impact as measured through citations, performances, and exhibits; and national recognition as through honorific awards. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach, and professional development. Successful candidates are expected to broaden participation among underrepresented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in materials science, engineering, polymer science, physics, chemistry, biology, pharmacy, or other related field, and an outstanding record of accomplishment in scholarly research, extramural funding, and teaching. Successful candidates will teach courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; develop internationally recognized, externally funded research programs; and contribute to the operation and promotion of the IMS, University, and profession through service.


  • Ph.D. in materials science, engineering, polymer sciencephysics, chemistry, biology, pharmacy, or other related field
  • Outstanding track record of peer-reviewed publications, based on numbers of papers, citations, and impact factors of journals
  • Ability to obtain strong extramurally funded research programs, based on proposed research, knowledge of funding agencies, and any track record of receiving support for research activities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, based on publications, presentations, and written research proposals


  • Demonstrated capability to obtain extramural support for research programs
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and lead collaborative interdisciplinary research in materials science
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a research cluster
  • Excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level, based on prior teaching awards and student evaluations
  • Proven commitment to working within a diverse environment


This is a full-time (9-month) appointment as an Assistant, Associate, or Professor. The successful candidate's primary academic appointment will be at the UConn main campus in Storrs, CT, with the possibility of work at UConn's regional campuses across the state. Salary and rank is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Select “Apply Now” to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Please submit online a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including a full list of publications), teaching statement (teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.), research and scholarship statement  (innovative concepts, experience in proposal development, mentorship of post-graduate residents, fellows, and/or graduate students, etc.), and a commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research, and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.), and three letters of reference. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2020253).

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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Further Info:
Institute of Materials Science (IMS)
97 North Eagleville Road
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-3136

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