Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Drexel University

United States

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

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Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, College of Engineering

Seeking Candidates for the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) at Drexel University invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the level of Assistant Professor. We are looking to make early offers to strong candidates in the current cycle for a position start date of September 1, 2024. It is anticipated that this will provide the candidate an opportunity to gain an additional year of research/grant writing experience prior to the start of the tenure clock. We are seeking outstanding candidates committed to leading multi-disciplinary, diverse research teams and eager to teach a diverse population of both undergraduate and graduate students. 

Aligned with the Drexel University 2030 strategic plan, the College of Engineering’s cluster hire aims at strengthening Drexel’s identified areas of excellence. Candidates with any research expertise related to the College of Engineering’s cluster hire themes of Energy and Sustainability; Health, Wellness, and Medicine; and Smart, Integrated Cities will be considered.

Preference will be given to candidates with research in either of the following two areas:

  1. Biotechnology and Biomedicine - This focus is also part of the University-wide research initiative around Cell and Gene Therapy.
  2. Process Systems Engineering 

The applicant must have earned a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering or a related field by September 1, 2024 with a demonstrated record of and commitment to scholarly achievement and excellence.

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering 

CBE at Drexel features outstanding faculty members including one PECASE, nine NSF CAREER award winners, one ONR Young Investigator, and one Fulbright Fellow. CBE research activity lies in four principal areas – Polymer Science and Engineering, Multiscale Modeling and Process Systems Engineering, Energy and the Environment, and Biological Engineering. CBE faculty have a record of outstanding collaborations with the other departments in the College of Engineering as well as other colleges and schools at Drexel, including the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems; College of Medicine; College of Nursing and Health Professions; Dornsife School of Public Health; College of Computing and Informatics; and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Drexel University College of Engineering 

Drexel Engineering is thrilled to be entering year two of its faculty cluster hiring initiative. The Drexel Engineering Faculty Cluster Hiring initiative will facilitate interdisciplinary hiring and enhance strategic connections across colleges in alignment with thematic areas of our strategic plan. We embrace a collaborative approach that leverages our existing strengths and aims to address critical and significant societal challenges through emerging engineering methods and platforms across: 

  • Renewable energy and power;  
  • Health, wellness, and medicine; 
  • Smart, integrated cities; and 
  • Resource stewardship and sustainability.  

This is a multi-year process involving faculty across the College of Engineering as well as other schools and colleges throughout Drexel University, aimed at enhancing the research impact of the college; addressing enrollment growth and strategic teaching needs; advancing our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and building on our widely-respected strengths in these rapidly evolving fields. 

We seek faculty hires who will catalyze interdisciplinary collaboration across the cluster themes, attract significant external research funding, and enrich our undergraduate and graduate students’ experience.

Drexel University’s College of Engineering strives to create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment. The college values inclusion as a core strength and an essential part of our founder, AJ Drexel’s mission of preparing each new generation of students for productive professional and civic lives, while also focusing our collective expertise on solving society’s greatest problems.

Supplemental Posting Information

Since its founding in the midst of the industrial revolution in 1891, Drexel University has emphasized its strengths in engineering, science, and technology to train future leaders. In little over a century, Drexel University has transformed itself into a large, comprehensive institution committed to excellence in education, research, and service to engineering society and the broader community. Although much has changed, the original mission of the University still rings true today. To learn more about each of the divisions and programs offered, visit Drexel Engineering

Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Drexel University is a world‐class, comprehensive, R1 research institution and a global leader in experiential education. For more than 100 years, our renowned Cooperative Education (co‐op) program has enabled students to gain professional work experience before they graduate, setting them apart from their peers.

Committed to becoming the nation’s most civically engaged university, Drexel supports engagement along three dimensions: research and academic programs that directly benefit communities, business practices that support equitable local and regional economic development, and public service by students, faculty and staff. Our engagement is long‐term, multigenerational and fundamental to the University’s mission, heritage and future.

At Drexel, we are devoted to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment that promotes healthy lifestyles and is based on integrity, trust and respect. We center equity, inclusion and belonging, and incorporate an anti‐racism approach to our strategic plan, organizational systems, policies and structures.


In one PDF, candidates should submit the following: (i) a cover letter; (ii) curriculum vitae detailing educational background, research accomplishments, and work experience; (iii) research plan; (iv) teaching plan; (v) names of at least three professional references; and (vi) a personal statement, which discusses the candidate’s past experiences, present efforts, and/or future aspirations to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their academic careers. Drexel University believes that diversity and inclusivity are required for excellence, and candidates are encouraged to describe how their work celebrates diversity in their application. Particularly for candidates who hold BS degrees outside of chemical engineering, the teaching plan should address their ability to teach core undergraduate courses in CBE.

The deadline to apply is December 9. For questions, please contact Vibha Kalra. Review of applications will begin in November and candidates are also encouraged to submit their full applications as soon as possible for early consideration. 

Advertised: Oct 31 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
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