Academic Faculty

University of Idaho in Idaho

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted November 8, 2013
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary 75000-84000
Employment Type Full-time


Academic Faculty

Chemical & Materials Engineering

Idaho Falls Center for Higher Education



The University of Idaho’s Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at an assistant or associate professor level with an emphasis in energy and associated fields.


Preferred Starting Date: Fall 2014


Major Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to research and teaching in energy and associated fields, in particular, those involving nuclear energy.  These fields encompass all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle including materials; chemical separations; radiochemistry and nuclear science; reactor design and development; remote handling and processing; modeling; and energy security and sustainability. The candidate is expected to develop a strong research program that takes advantage of the multi-institutional Center for Advanced Energy Studies[1] ( collaboration and its associated facilities.  The candidate will play an active role in UI’s interdisciplinary nuclear engineering program by identify instructional needs in consultation with the Department Chair, UI Director of Academic Programs, and resident faculty at the Idaho Falls Center.  He/she will also support the Director of Academic Programs in coordinating the graduate chemical engineering program at the Center through identification of affiliate faculty for instruction and management of course offerings.


Required Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering or related     field.


  • Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) or potential for registration within five years.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  • Potential for (assistant professor) or demonstrated (associate professor) excellence in research and teaching in an energy related fields.


Must: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check. 


Desired Qualifications: 

  • Record of achievement in research and scholarly activities.


  • Potential for teaching graduate level Chemical Engineering courses.


  • Experience in collaborative nuclear research programs or in another energy field.


  • Experience/understanding of working with national laboratories and in a multi-institution setting.


  • Potential to qualify for DOE security clearance. 


Citizenship: The Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986 requires that the university inform all applicants that we can employ only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  Each new employee is required to present documentation verifying his/her right to accept permanent employment on or before their first day of employment.

In addition to working in an exciting atmosphere of intellectual and academic freedom, the successful candidate will be living in one of the most beautiful areas of the country.  Idaho Falls (population ~51,000) is located in Eastern Idaho in the heart of the Rocky Mountains on the banks of the pristine Snake River.  It is rated as one of the best outdoor recreational areas in North America with nearby Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee and Sun Valley ski resorts.


To Apply: Applicants may apply online by clicking the “Apply Online” icon at  Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, with research plans and educational goals, and the names and contact information of three professional references.


Closing date: Application review will begin November 4, 2013 and will continue until a suitable applicant pool is identified.


Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho (UI) is the state’s premier higher-education institution and the principal graduate education and research university.  The UI main campus is located in Moscow, Idaho with academic / research centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls, as well as other locations through an extensive outreach program.  This position is located at the Idaho Falls Center for Higher Education in Idaho Falls.  The Department offers graduate programs at the Idaho Falls Center leading to Masters and Doctorate degrees.  Idaho Falls is also home to U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Idaho National Laboratory (INL), a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the DOE missions in nuclear energy, homeland security, and energy and the environment.  The programs at the Idaho Falls Center are oriented towards meeting the research and educational needs of the INL.  In addition, the center has a growing population of high-quality science and engineering graduate students from all over the world.


[1] The Center for Advanced Energy Studies is a public/private partnership between the State of Idaho through its academic research institutions, Boise State University, Idaho State University, the University of Idaho, and the federal government through the Department of Energy and its Idaho National Laboratory, which is managed by the private entity Battelle Energy Alliance. Through its collaborative structure, CAES combines the efforts of these four research institutions to provide timely research support on both technical and policy issues.


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