Job ID: 196637

Assistant Professor, School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

University of Akron

  • Oct. 11, 2022
  • Assistant Professor, School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
  • School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (SPSPE)
  • University of Akron
    Akron, OH
  • Dec. 31, 2022
  • Fall 2023
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Polymer Science
    Engineering - Other

The School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (SPSPE) at The University of Akron (UA) seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor rank beginning in Fall 2023.  The ideal candidate would develop an internationally recognized research program in the sustainable manufacturing of polymeric materials.  Examples of specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to, carbon-neutral processing methods, life-cycle assessment, data analytics, chemical modifications, in-situ characterization during manufacturing, and innovative manufacturing methods related to polymeric materials.

The University of Akron has a world-class history of excellence in polymer science and polymer engineering, dating back to 1909. The region is home to over 2400 polymer-focused companies and cultivating these relationships is viewed favorably. For consideration, applicants must complete an on-line application at and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, description of research plans (not to exceed 10 pages), contact information of at least 3 professional references, teaching statement, and a statement on diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect.

Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications:
Applicants should have earned PhD degree, a record of research accomplishment as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and/or patents, demonstrated ability to teach and mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and ability to contribute to UA’s mission on diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect.

Preferred Qualifications:

Post-doctoral and/or industrial experience. A PhD preferably in engineering (polymer, chemical, mechanical, or closely related discipline). The successful applicant will be expected to build an externally funded research program in sustainable manufacturing and contribute to the functioning and growth of the undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered at UA.

Compensation and Benefits:

The compensation for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The University of Akron offers a competitive total compensation package comprised of a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits for eligible employees including medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and paid leave of absences including time off for illness, vacation, and maternity or paternity leave. In addition, eligible employees and their dependents are provided tuition remission. All staff, contract professionals, and eligible non-bargaining unit faculty have the option to request a Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA). The University of Akron participates in state retirement systems and offers alternative retirement options with competitive employer contributions. Optional investment opportunities are available including deferred compensation programs (403(b) and 457(b)). Please visit our benefits home page for more information.

Application Instructions:
To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach a attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, description of research plans (not to exceed 10 pages), contact information of at least 3 professional references, teaching statement, and a statement on diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect. Please include contact information, including email addresses for your professional references.

After submission of your application, return to the "My Activities" link and upload the required documents to your profile under the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with reference to the minimum and preferred qualifications.  This is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.  A curriculum vitae will not be accepted in place of any information requested on the application.  For assistance with your application or attachments please call Derek Brown in Human Resources at (330) 972-8402.

Application Deadline:
Review of applicants will begin December 5, 2022.

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Job ID # 13854


About University of Akron:

The University of Akron is a vibrant community driven by collaboration, partnership, and a steadfast determination to provide opportunity and success to all learners The University of Akron believes diversity is a vital element of an equitable and thriving workplace. A diverse workforce is essential as we strive to create a dynamic academic environment that prepares students to be citizens of the world around them, and as we deepen the value, we place on our connection to the Greater Akron community.

We celebrate the power of uniqueness, and the strength that coalesces when unique voices are heard. We seek to empower employees to lead in their colleges, departments, offices, and divisions. People of all backgrounds work on our campus every day, and we value the contribution of each individual in their commitment to a better University of Akron.

We welcome candidates who are passionate about shaping and inspiring the next generation of thinkers, experts, artists, and leaders. Bound and determined to meet every challenge, we continue to climb, to forge new paths and reach new heights – and we want you to join us. Bring your voice. Bring your uniqueness. Bring you. We are Akron. We rise together.

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  • Equal Employment Opportunity:

    The University of Akron, as an equal education and employment institution, is committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified individuals in its education programs or activities, including applicants for admissions or employment, will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status or status as a veteran. To further this commitment, the University complies with state and federal laws which prohibit discrimination. Questions or concerns about the administration of this commitment can be directed to the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office (

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    It is the expectation of the University of Akron that all work performed as an employee of the University will be performed in Ohio.

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