Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Simpson College is a private, nationally recognized regional college that is grounded in the liberal arts tradition and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Nominations and applications are invited for a tenure track position in chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor. While the candidate’s expertise could be in any field of chemistry except organic, she/he will be expected to teach general chemistry, physical chemistry, have the opportunity to teach a course in their specific discipline, and to contribute to the general education program at the college.

Simpson College encourages innovative teaching and seeks colleagues who will help its students of all ages develop critical intellectual skills, nurture values which foster personal worth and individuality for the purpose of living lives of leadership within a creative, diverse and just community. The main campus is located in Indianola, Iowa which is just 12 minutes from the capital city, Des Moines, Iowa.  Additional facilities are located in West Des Moines and Ankeny. To learn more about Simpson College, please visit:

The position will begin August 19, 2014 and require a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree, interdisciplinary interest and experience and/or expressed interest in working at a primarily residential, liberal arts institution. Candidates for the position must demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching and a willingness to engage students in scholarship, research and/or creative work. Faculty members at Simpson College are expected to participate in faculty governance, student advising, new student recruitment and in other ways to demonstrate support for the mission of the institution.

She/he will also serve as a mentor for majors in research and participate in the life of the chemistry department. Departmental instrumentation to support research includes GC-MS, FT-IR, FT-NMR, UV-Vis, and an atomic force microscope. The applicant would be invited to join an ongoing interdisciplinary research project in DNA nanotechnology or initiate an original independent research program. Strong candidates will possess leadership potential, be active in his/her discipline, be a self-starter, a team player, and play an active role in the department’s recruitment of students. The department offers majors in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Forensic Science. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Submit application letter, curriculum vita, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to::

Dr. Adam Brustkern, Professor of Chemistry
Co-chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics
Simpson College
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125

Simpson College does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to help constitute a diverse community. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups. You will find the entire EOE statement at:  Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Employment will require a criminal background check, which may include, but is not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

Posted: 10/24/13