Professor and Department Head - Chemical and Biological Engineering

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Work type: Tenure/Tenured Track Faculty Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching)

Position Title: Professor and Department Head - Chemical and Biological Engineering
Job Description: The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines seeks a dynamic, enthusiastic leader to head the department. We invite applications from qualified candidates committed to enhancing our research and teaching programs through strategic hires, mentoring, leading by example, and developing new resources.

The Department Head is expected to work effectively in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment both within the department and college, and across the broader campus to:  

  • define and support the strategic goals of the department, college, and institution, and represent these to department faculty and staff appropriately;
  • support and enhance the mission and activities of the department through development and implementation of a vision and strategy that strengthens the research and teaching within the department;
  • provide leadership and management of the department, with budgetary and operational responsibilities for the department's research and academic activities;
  • administer, promote, and lead multidisciplinary chemical and/or biological engineering research and fund-raising for research activities;
  • represent the college and the university to the department and promote the mission and goals of the institution;
  • represent the department to the university administration, other university units, and to public and private agencies at local, regional, national, and international levels; including interactions with these entities & department alumni; and
  • oversee recruitment, professional development, and retention of faculty, staff, and students within the department.

The Department Head is also expected to teach courses, advise graduate students, and maintain a leading international research program.

Minimum Qualifications: The Department Head will be appointed as an academic faculty member at the full professor level in the department. Therefore, a doctorate in chemical engineering, or a closely-related field, with a distinguished record of accomplishment in scholarship, teaching and service, as well as national and international recognition, is required. Strong leadership qualities, including effective interpersonal communication and organizational skills, are a must. The successful candidate will be expected to lead the department transparently and collegially. The successful candidate should be responsive to the needs of the students, staff, and faculty within the department and have a strong commitment to diversity.
Preferred Qualifications: Administrative experience and/or evidence of successful personnel and financial management are desired.
Department Description:

Colorado School of Mines is Colorado's oldest public university. Located in Golden, Colorado, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Mines is minutes from Denver and Boulder. The Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering comprises 18 tenure/tenure track faculty and 9 teaching faculty, as well as research faculty and support staff, 780 undergraduate and 70 graduate students. The department offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. It has a strong history in excellence in education and basic and applied research in renewable energy, materials science, transport processes, theoretical and applied thermodynamics, computational methods and atomistic simulation. Our educational and research programs are enhanced through participation in interdisciplinary degree programs and research centers on campus, and through strong ties and collaborations with the neighboring National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U. S. Geological Survey. Our vigorous, diverse, and world renowned research programs are supported by a typical departmental research award volume of ~$7-8M. Mines emphasizes collaboration and cooperative and collegial interaction across campus, and promotes excellence in combination with a healthy life balance. The Head will work in close collaboration with the Heads of Physics, Chemistry, and Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and the Dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Engineering to create a supportive, diverse, and outstanding education and research environment. More information about the Department is available at

How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, names and contact information for three professional references from whom letters may be subsequently requested and veteran status) and upload the following: a written statement of interest addressing their qualifications, a separate vision statement for leading the department, and a curriculum vitae. To ensure full consideration, all application materials should be submitted as soon as possible; application review will begin February 1, 2017.  Applications will be accepted until an applicant pool is identified. Questions about the position may be addressed to the search committee through Dr. Carolyn Koh (
Compensation: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit:
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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