Carnegie Mellon University

The Department of Chemistry is seeking candidates to join and contribute to a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment that promotes innovative research, education, and service initiatives in the following postions:

Department head in chemistry

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The Department of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University seeks a dynamic and forward-thinking leader for the position of Department Head. The successful candidate will lead the Department into an exciting future, with resources and opportunities provided by a new interdisciplinary science building and large investments in automated science, empowering the Department to tackle critical problems in sustainability, health and life sciences.

The Department of Chemistry currently includes 24 tenure-track, 5 teaching-track, and 3 research-track faculty members, a graduate program with 76 Ph.D. students, and 96 upperclass undergraduate majors. Our departmental culture values multidisciplinary, collaborative research and teaching that lead to creative solutions to the most urgent societal problems. We exploit our strengths in the core disciplines of chemistry to expand the interfaces with sustainability, biotechnology and materials science. We also have a growing emphasis on the use of data science and automation to accelerate discovery, with the Department playing a key role in the development of the University’s $40M Cloud Lab for automated science.

Questions about the search may be addressed to either co-chair of the Search Committee: Prof. Bruce Armitage ( or Prof. David Yaron (

Faculty Position in sustainability and environmental chemistry

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The Department of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in sustainability and environmental chemistry. Areas of interest include: mechanistic studies of the chemical transformations and impacts of environmental pollutants – especially in aqueous systems and at complex interfaces, interactions between contaminants and biological/ecological systems, the sustainable chemical or biological-based degradation or recycling of toxic or persistent materials in order to promote the circular economy, and achieving molecular-level control of the chemical lifecycle of long-lived chemicals, polymers, and materials. In addition, we have a strong interest in the development of new massively parallel methods, real-time analysis, and miniaturized sensors or devices to understand the biological or environmental impacts of chemical contaminants and for rigorous evaluation of any new sustainable chemistries and materials, particularly to detect low-dose adverse health effects such as caused by endocrine disrupting chemicals. The development and application of novel analytical and data science-based techniques to detect and investigate the chemical fate of emerging pollutants is also an area of keen interest. 

In addition to the analytical instrumentation available in the Department for walk up use in the Center for Molecular Analysis, the successful candidate will have access to a state-of-the-art remote laboratory (Academic Cloud Lab) outfitted with a suite of modern analytical instrumentation and robotic capabilities for large-scale multiplexed assays. Extensive and modern facilities and expertise for device design and prototyping are also available on campus in the Materials Characterization Facility and the Nanofabrication Facility.   

Appointments across multiple departments, which are strongly supported and part of the culture at Carnegie Mellon, are possible when appropriate.  Carnegie Mellon offers highly competitive salaries and start-up packages in an attractive urban environment.

Carnegie Mellon University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. Carnegie Mellon welcomes faculty applicants who will contribute to this diversity through their research, teaching and service, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others who would contribute in different ways.