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Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry

Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry

Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry

Department of Chemistry and Physics
McNeese State University invites qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Physics. This is a full-time, 9-month, unclassified, tenure-track position. The appointment begins in January 2019.

Position Description and Responsibilities:

The Assistant Professor of Chemistry is required to perform duties in accordance with the needs of the department. The successful candidate is responsible for functions related to teaching, advising, scholarly activity, and contribution to the department's ACS-accredited B.S. /MS program in Chemistry and various concentrations (Biochemistry, Pre-medicine, Pre-pharmacy, Forensic Chemistry, and Chemistry Education). The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in organic chemistry, and general chemistry (including labs) as well as upper-level courses in the candidate's area of expertise. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to be involved in the maintenance and operation of the department's chemical instrumentation. The successful candidate is expected to develop a research program relevant to the candidate's expertise that will serve to train and mentor mostly undergraduate and some graduate students. As a member of a cooperative and collegial campus community, the successful candidate is expected to be of service to the department, university, and broader community.


  • PhD in Organic Chemistry
  • Commitment to teaching
  • Strong communication skills
  • Demonstrated research ability
  • Experience with chemical instrumentation
  • After employment, submit proof of your legal right to work in the United States
  • Experience teaching undergraduate chemistry courses
  • Demonstrated record of research
  • Experience with maintenance of chemical instrumentation
  • Interest in Forensic Chemistry




Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.

Application Materials and Contact:

To be considered for the application process, applicants must electronically submit the required documents complied into a SINGLE PDF FILE.  Please electronically submit the single PDF file (required documents) to: Derek Bussan at
Required Documents:
  1. Letter of application
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Statement of research plans (2-3 pages)
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy (1-2 pages)
  5. Contact information for three professional references (Finalists will be asked to provide letters of recommendation at a later date)
  6. Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (You should include copies of your unofficial transcripts in PDF format along with the rest of your application) 
Chair Contact Information:
Derek Bussan, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Physics
McNeese State University
Phone: (337) 475-5780
TDD:  (337) 562-4227


Additional Information:

McNeese State University, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is a public university and a member of the University of Louisiana System. Under Louisiana law, applications and al l supporting materials will become public record. All applicants are expected to submit complete and accurate materials as specified in the position announcement. A background check and an English Proficiency assessment will be conducted on selected finalists. We comply with Louisiana Revised Statute 49:1001, et seq, and State of Louisiana Executive Order 98-38, which provides for drug testing of employees, appointees, prospective employees, and prospective appointees. Prospective employees and employees are informed if a drug test is required.

McNeese State University is an AA/EEO/ADA employer committed to excellence through diversity.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires McNeese State University to inform applicants that the University can employ only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. Each new employee is required to present documentation verifying his/her identity and right to accept employment.

McNeese State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. Under Louisiana law, applications and all supporting materials will become public record. An executive session pursuant to La. Rev. Stat. 42:6.1(A) may be required.

Persons needing reasonable accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Equal Opportunity Office: Voice: (337) 475-5428; TDD/TTY, Hearing Impaired: (337) 562-4227; Fax: (337) 475-5960; or

Instructional Faculty Candidates with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to U.S. degrees, an official comprehensive course-by-course report and U.S. Equivalency Statement, from World Education Services. The official Credential Evaluation Report and U.S. Equivalency Statement must be submitted directly to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, Box 93220, Lake Charles, LA 70609; (337)475-5508. Simple translation of the language on foreign diplomas, transcripts, coursework, or similar will NOT suffice and will cause the application packet to be judged as incomplete.