Chair - Chemistry and Biochemistry

Position Description

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is seeking an innovative leader to serve as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Research activities in the Department encompass all major areas of chemistry and biochemistry, and faculty receive extramural funding from federal and state programs, private foundations and industry. The successful candidate is expected to be an active leader and researcher with a strong vision for developing and strengthening educational and research initiatives.  Applicants must have a distinguished scientific record, demonstrated leadership skills, and a commitment to the education and mentorship of students and faculty. Candidates should have relevant administrative experience and an understanding of issues affecting faculty recruitment, promotion, and retention. The Department is especially interested in candidates who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. For more information about the Department, please visit:

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Chemistry or Biochemistry
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Excellent management skills
  • Distinguished record of research and teaching
  • Current academic rank of tenured associate or full professor (or equivalent non-US rank)

Hiring decisions are subject to final budget approval.

Application Instructions and Contact Information

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, contact information for 5 references, and a letter of interest addressing research, education, administrative, and leadership goals.

Review of applications will begin October 21, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions about this position should be directed to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Michael Kenney at

To apply, please visit

About the University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and its “access and excellence” mission are redefining public higher education not only in Texas, but also across the nation. UTEP is a Carnegie R1 and Community Engaged doctoral research university located in one of the largest binational communities in the world. The University enrolls more than 25,000 students, and offers 170 bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs in 10 colleges and schools. The University maintains an operating budget of $450 million and employs approximately 4,000 people.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, UTEP is committed to an open, diverse and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all.

UTEP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or the provision of services.