Assistant Professor

New Mexico state University

Las Cruces, NM

ID: 7085586
Posted: September 17, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

General Information of Campus and Unit
New Mexico State University invites you to apply to be a part of a diverse, dynamic and welcoming learning and working environment in Las Cruces, NM. NMSU seeks employees who are creative and flexible in developing and evaluating new ideas and ways to evolve NMSU into the future. Located in the borderlands and adjacent to the mighty Rio Grande, NMSU is a proud Hispanic-serving institution in the minority-majority state of New Mexico. Southern New Mexico features an average of 294 days of sunshine annually, making NMSU ideal for job-seekers who enjoy hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and bird-watching. NMSU is committed to sustainability through improving and maintaining the quality of human life while preserving the integrity, stability, and beauty of ecological systems for the future. We are looking for student-centered employees with a passion for success. NMSU invites you to take the first step to your successful and rewarding career by applying today.


NMSU is New Mexico’s land-grant and space-grant institution, a comprehensive research institution dedicated to teaching, research, public service and outreach. In addition, the NMSU system includes a satellite learning center in Albuquerque, Cooperative Extension Service offices located in each of New Mexico’s 33 counties, and 12 agriculture research and science centers. New Mexico State University is the institution of choice for more than 15,000 students from 49 states and 89 foreign countries.


The City of Las Cruces is the second largest city in New Mexico and is located in Doña Ana County, approximately 45 miles north of El Paso, Texas, and 225 miles south of Albuquerque. Las Cruces is the economic and geographic center of the Mesilla Valley, the agricultural region on the floodplain of the Rio Grande which extends from Hatch to the west side of El Paso, Texas. The Organ Mountains, 10 miles to the east, are dominant in the city’s landscape, along with the Doña Ana Mountains, Robledo Mountains, and Picacho Peak. Las Cruces lies within a short driving distance of the Mexican border at Santa Teresa, as well as many other locations in the broader borderland region.


Geography, climate, demographics, and ambiance of Las Cruces and NMSU combine to offer a truly excellent place to thrive. Family members will discover a warm, open community that offers an attractive array of activities and outdoor recreation, amenities, services and opportunities, whether they are looking for top-notch education, meaningful employment, or simply a safe and comfortable place to live.
Position Number 199997
Position Job Title Assistant Professor
Rank Assistant Professor
Tenure Status Tenure Track
Position Summary
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at New Mexico State University (NMSU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor (Position XXXXXX) level beginning August 2022. This is an open search and applicants with teaching interests and research expertise in all areas of chemistry, including interdisciplinary and chemical education, are encouraged to apply. Please see chemistry.nmsu.edu/facultyandstaff/faculty.html for current research areas. Our department has strong doctoral and undergraduate programs and promotes research, development, and education in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry. The ideal applicant is expected to conduct innovative research that complements and expands existing expertise in the department and to establish an outstanding, externally funded research program. Collaboration across broad areas of scientific study and participation in multi-investigator grant funding are encouraged. Candidates are expected to have a strong record of research accomplishments in their area. Teaching assignments may include courses in General / Organic Chemistry and in the successful candidate’s area of expertise.

NMSU seeks to elevate research that addresses local and global challenges and to “be a recognized leader in valuing the inclusion of diverse participants and recognizing diversity as an asset among minority-serving, land-grant and space-grant institutions” (NMSU LEADS 2025, Goal 4). We are seeking faculty who will not only contribute to enhancing NMSU’s research profile, but who will also work to increase diversity among the faculty ranks, ensure equity, and foster inclusion. This work may take the form of research, teaching, mentoring, and/or service. Please provide a diversity and inclusion statement addressing (i) your understanding of the broader issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in the context of STEM and groups that have been traditionally under-represented in STEM, (ii) your past contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, and/or (iii) your vision for future contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM.
Required Qualifications
A doctorate in Chemistry or related scientific field, postdoctoral training and a publication record commensurate with appointment to a Ph.D. program are required. The applicant is expected to develop an independent, extramurally funded research program.