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Organic Chemistry Position Available
Assistant Professor

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at George Mason University invites applications from outstanding candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in organic chemistry beginning Fall 2009. Candidates from all areas of organic chemistry will be considered, including small molecule and macromolecular chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, materials science, medicinal chemistry, organic light emitting diodes, bioorganic chemistry, electroactive polymers, nanomaterials, etc. Candidates must hold the Ph.D. and have postdoctoral experience. Strong commitments to research and teaching and the ability to establish a vigorous externally funded research program are expected. See http://chemistry.gmu.edu/orgchemist.html for a full description of the position. Please submit a cover letter, resume, detailed research plan, and teaching statement to https://jobs.gmu.edu, Position Number F5891z. Please see A Few Notes on the Application Process below. Separately have 3 reference letters sent to: Faculty Search Committee, Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry MSN 3E2, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr, Fairfax VA 22030. Application review will commence on October 15, 2008, and continue until the position is filled. George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.


George Mason University has grown tremendously in the last two decades in response to the needs of an expanding, highly educated Northern Virginia population, and continues to evolve as it strives to set the highest of standards for its >30,000 students. GMU has emerged as a major state university in the nation and is presently the second largest university in Virginia, with four campuses located in Northern Virginia about 25 miles west of Washington, D.C. Additional information about the University can be found at Visitor Information.


The faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry number 17 in organic, inorganic, physical, analytical, and environmental chemistry, and biochemistry. The department offers both B.A. and B.S. degrees in chemistry as well as biochemistry concentrations in both degree programs. The department’s B.S. degree is certified by the American Chemical Society and graduates of the department have been admitted to Ph.D. programs at schools such as Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, and U.C. Berkeley. Additional graduates continue their education at medical and dental schools. M.S. degrees in chemistry are also available through the department, as well as an accelerated 5-year B.S.-M.S. degree. The department grants Ph.D. degrees through the Physical Sciences (program director Dr. John Schreifels), the Biosciences, and the Environmental Science and Policy programs. The GMU College of Science offers a graduate certificate in Forensics, with program coordinator Dr. Timothy Born of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. A proposal for a Ph.D. in Chemistry is in the final stages. The department’s enrollment is rapidly increasing and has reached a Spring 2008 total of 233 chemistry bachelor’s candidates, 34 chemistry M.S. students, and 12 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry students in the Physical Sciences Ph.D. The department is one of ten physical, biological, mathematical, and computational departments in the GMU College of Science.


The department maintains many instruments for the use of faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and students. The department’s Bruker DPX 300 FT NMR is a superconducting solution phase multinuclear instrument with two probes which will soon undergo a major NMR program/operating system/hardware upgrade. Other instruments include FTIRs and two diode array UV-VIS spectrophotometers, a luminescence spectrophotometer, a BioRad Biologic Duoflow liquid chromatography system, gas chromatographs, HPLCs, an ISCO CombiFlash preparative liquid chromatograph, an X-ray photoelectron/Auger electron spectroscopy instrument, a research grade atomic absorption spectrophotometer, an atomic fluorescence spectrometer, voltammetric and polarographic analyzers, computerized electrochemistry systems, preparative and ultracentrifuges, and a Parr solution calorimeter. The department also has access to equipment housed in the University’s Shared Research Instrumentation Facility (SRIF). This facility maintains a GC with electron capture detector, a GC/mass spectrometer, an electrospray LC-MS, a SELDI-TOF MS, HPLC systems, a capillary electrophoresis instrument, and a scanning electron microscope.


GMU’s location places it close to many government and private institutions, and multiple opportunities exist for collaborations. The Krasnow Institute, George Mason’s brain research center, does cutting edge research on the function of the human brain, and recently energized its 3 Tesla MRI. Government labs include Naval Research Laboratory, EPA, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and NIH. In addition, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute recently began operations on a new campus in nearby Loudon County.


The George Mason University Center for Clean Water and Sustainable Technologies is housed within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The mission of this Center is to find ways to detect and remove undesirable substances from drinking water, in ways which are long term, for the benefit of the entire population, and especially for developing countries with severe potable water problems. The director of the Center is Dr. Abul Hussam.


The successful candidate is expected to develop and sustain a vigorous, externally funded research program utilizing Ph.D., M.S., and bachelor’s candidates, and contribute to the ongoing chemical research at GMU. An interest in mentoring students at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the laboratory is an important aspect of this position. The department recognizes and values the connection between group leadership and quality classroom instruction and the prospective faculty member must possess superior teaching abilities. The candidate is encouraged to develop a graduate course in a specialized area, and to strive to reinforce and increase the high academic standards already in place.


A Few Notes on the Application Process


Applicants must submit all materials electronically except the letters of recommendation. The electronic submissions (cover letter, resume, detailed research plan, and teaching statement) go to https://jobs.gmu.edu, Position Number F5891z. The research plan should be submitted to the zone labeled “Other Doc”. The three letters of recommendation should be sent directly by the writers in hard copy to the following address:


Faculty Search Committee
Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry MSN 3E2
George Mason University
4400 University Dr
Fairfax VA 22030


Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2008 and continue until the position is filled. George Mason University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.