Endowed Chair—Open Position
Herbert H. Dow Endowed Chair in Chemical Process Safety
"The holder of the Dow Safety Chair will establish a strong externally-funded, nationally and internationally recognized program in chemical process safety."
The Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications of distinguished candidates for the position of The Herbert H. Dow Endowed Chair in Chemical Process Safety to begin the Fall semester, 2017. The Dow Chair was established at Michigan Tech in 1995. This is a tenure-track faculty position at the academic rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
The holder of the Dow Safety Chair is expected to establish a strong externally-funded, nationally and internationally recognized program to integrate concepts of chemical process safety into chemical engineering curricula nationwide and at Michigan Tech. He/she will assist industry by conducting world-class research, by mentoring the next generation of safety engineers, and by engaging in outreach to corporations and government agencies in chemical process safety.
He or she will teach the required chemical process safety course in the department and serve on departmental, college, and/or university committees. The holder of the Dow Safety Chair is expected to have deep knowledge of process safety related to chemical engineering design and operation, to develop process safety research proposals, and to secure funding.
About the Department
The Department of Chemical Engineering consists of 15 full-time faculty members, 8 full-time staff, 42 graduate students and other research personnel (research engineers, post-docs, etc.), and 462 undergraduate students. The Department’s main focus is to educate engineers who are well-grounded in the applied science of chemical engineering and who are able to contribute immediately to their future employers. Experiential learning is the strength of the Department at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and students are encouraged to become involved with the faculty’s research efforts.
The Department has strong research and educational programs in sustainability, catalysis, process design, minerals processing, thermodynamics, physiochemical properties, polymer processing, rheology, carbon-polymer composites, biomaterials, bioprocessing, bioengineering, medical microdevices, and chemical process safety. A 6,500-square-foot Unit Operations Laboratory featuring 18 bench and pilot-plant-scale unit operations experiments is used to teach a wide range of principles with hands-on experiences.
A PhD in Chemical Engineering or a closely related field is required. The Department of Chemical Engineering encourages minority and female applicants and is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all people. In addition to candidates from academia, those with significant industrial experience are viewed favorably.
"He or she is expected to have deep knowledge of process safety related to chemical engineering design and operation."
About the University
Michigan Technological University, one of the four major research universities in the State of Michigan, is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula adjacent to Lake Superior. The community offers a small-town environment with outstanding four-season recreational opportunities. Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institute, one of a limited number of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM. Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution / Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Michigan Tech acknowledges the importance of supporting dual-career partners in attracting and retaining a quality workforce. Michigan Tech is committed to offering career exploration advice and assistance whenever feasible and appropriate at the University and in the local community. See the Partner Engagement Program page for additional information.
Applications must be submitted online.
Candidates will provide a resume, one-page statements on teaching, research, and the future of chemical engineering research and education, and names of at least three professional references (to be contacted only by permission of the applicant). Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Please direct inquiries to the Search Committee Chair, David R. Shonnard:
The position will remain open until filled, with priority given to applications received prior to December 15, 2016.