University of Oregon, Chemistry

Position ID:UO-Chemistry-RESPROF2 [#18565, #527394]
Position Title: Research Professor - Electrochemistry
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Eugene, Oregon 97403, United States [map]
Subject Area: Chemistry / Electrochemistry
Appl Deadline:2021/06/07 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/05/05, updated 2021/05/04, listed until 2021/11/04)
Position Description:    

The Oregon Center for Electrochemistry at the University of Oregon invites applications for a Research Professor appointment (non-tenure track). Details about the Center can be found at

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of research excellence in electrochemical science or engineering (including a strong publication record), outstanding communication skills, and the drive to develop a world-leading research and education program within the Oregon Center for Electrochemistry. We are particularly interested in candidates with a strong background in battery science and engineering, but will nonetheless seek to hire the strongest overall candidate regardless of area within the field of electrochemistry.

The position will be a 9-month appointment (not soft money), typical for faculty appointments, with the possibility of securing up to 3 months of summer salary from collaborative or independent research grant funding.  Salary will be competitive and depend on level (assistant, associate, full) and qualifications. Excellent retirement/health benefits are included.

The Research professor will lead an internationally recognized research team within the Oregon Center for Electrochemistry. They will develop and lead new sponsored projects, conduct research as part of existing projects, and coordinate with staff and other investigators to develop collaborative grant proposals (~50% of time). The Research professor will be expected to publish their work in international peer-reviewed research journals. The position will also involve mentoring undergraduate researchers, doctoral students, and postdoctoral scholars.

The research professor will also co-manage and teach graduate courses in the Oregon Center for Electrochemistry’s unique, accelerated masters internship program in Electrochemical Technology – the only electrochemistry focused graduate program in the US (~50% of time).  The position will be renewable indefinitely as long as the Electrochemistry Technology internship program continues and thrives. In our first year (2020-2021) we educated 8 MS students in the accelerated coursework and placed them in industry internships with annualized pay of ~ $75,000/yr. For Fall 2021, 22 outstanding MS students from across the US are incoming. Demand for the graduates of this program appears strong. Inquiries can be sent to Prof. Shannon Boettcher at

The research professor will have access to all equipment and synthesis facilities in the Oregon Center for Electrochemistry, our exceptional shared materials characterization facility CAMCOR (, as well as project seed funding. They will be expected to also secure sponsored projects to fund research, either as an independent PI or in collaboration with other faculty.

The application requires:

  • A 1-2 page cover letter describing the candidate’s interest in the position and career aspirations and contact information for your references (see below).
  • A current curriculum vitae, including list of all publications.
  • Contact information for three prominent scientists or engineers that are willing to serve as references and speak to the candidates promise in developing, leading and collaborating in high-impact research. No formal letters are required for the application.
  • A description of the candidate’s research plans, including specific independent research project proposals and/or possible collaborative projects with other faculty in the Oregon Center of Electrochemistry (or elsewhere). The document should be ~ 3-6 pages in length (the exact length is unimportant). Because the ideal candidate will lead sponsored research projects and write successful grant applications, the quality of this document and the proposed work is particularly important.

The Oregon Center for Electrochemistry is committed to advancing the career aspirations of all hires. We envision this position could be filled by a candidate interested in a long-term career at the University of Oregon, or a candidate interested in building their portfolio of high-impact research, teaching/education, and success in government/private grant applications to secure other high level positions across the US or internationally.

While the minimum requirement will be a PhD in chemistry, engineering, physics, materials science, or a related field, most applicants will have postdoctoral experience.

Review of applications will begin June 7th, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The start date is flexible, although we would like to have the new hire on-site before the start of Fall quarter if possible. A start date in late Summer 2021 would be ideal.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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