Department of Chemistry



Assistant Professor - University of Southern Mississippi

Assistant Professor in Polymer Science and Engineering

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Professor in Polymer Science and Engineering.


Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications must be submitted online at Applicants should submit a single pdf document containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research plans and a brief statement of teaching philosophy.  Applicants should arrange for the submission of three reference letters. For inquiries about the position or to nominate a candidate, contact the search committee chair Dr. Yoan Simon ( Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Job Summary 
The University of Southern Mississippi invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering in the School of Polymer Science and Engineering (SPSE) within the College of Science and Technology (Hattiesburg Campus) to begin in fall 2020.  Applicants with demonstrated expertise in either a) physical polymer chemistry or b) optoelectronic materials are particularly encouraged to apply.  In addition to building an independent research platform, this position offers potential to develop collaborations within an NSF-funded state-wide infrastructure program focused on optoelectronic materials, with research focus areas in infrared organic optoelectronics, macromolecular materials with tunable electronic structures, hybrid organic/inorganic interfaces, and materials for bioimaging and sensing.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities  
It is expected that the successful candidate will build an internationally recognized, externally funded research program in his/her area of expertise, direct graduate student research, and contribute to the functioning of the school, college, university and scientific community through professional service. The successful candidate must also be capable of teaching polymer science and engineering courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in collaborative research proposals and projects involving advanced materials across school and disciplinary boundaries with private, state and federal funding entities. The successful candidate will perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications 

Applicants must hold an earned Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering, physical chemistry, chemical physics or a closely related discipline, and possess a demonstrated record of intellectual and academic accomplishments that will qualify her or him for appointment at the appropriate level. Other required qualifications include strong leadership and interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, an ability to work in a collaborative environment, and a commitment to promoting and embracing diversity.


Preferred Qualifications

Candidates with postdoctoral research experience, a strong publication record and demonstrated success in proposal writing are preferred.  Candidates with demonstrated expertise and research interests in any of the following areas are preferred: optoelectronic and/or correlated electronic materials, polymer engineering and processing, polymer theory/modeling, or advanced characterization for soft matter.


About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.


About the School of Polymer Science and Engineering

The School of Polymer Science and Engineering (SPSE) ( comprises faculty members with research programs in optoelectronic materials, composites and nanocomposites, biomaterials and bioinspired polymers, materials for energy and the environment, and coatings and thin films with average annual external funding of ~$15M over the past three years. SPSE offers state-of-the-art facilities for soft-matter research including newly acquired thin-film device fabrication and characterization equipment, SAXS/WAXS laboratory beamline, XPS spectrometer with integrated UPS and Ar GCIS capabilities, magnetic characterization, AC/DC SQUID magnetometer, ESR, cryogenic probe station, high temperature SEC, high performance computing capabilities (, and comprehensive instrumentation for polymer characterization. SPSE is home to ~75 Ph.D. students and ~120 undergraduate students; it offers polymer science and engineering degrees at the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. levels.