Employment Opportunities

Faculty and Staff

Open Position - Assistant/Associate Professor - Organic Chemistry

Qualifications: The successful candidate must complete a PhD in organic chemistry or a closely-related field by August 2022 with preference given to candidates with postdoctoral experience. We invite applications from candidates that have demonstrated a strong commitment to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and working with students, faculty, and staff with different cultural and economic backgrounds. We expect the candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills. Desired qualifications include research emphasis in synthetic chemistry, experience with evidence-based teaching practices, an interest in instructional innovation, departmental leadership potential, and a focus on supporting and engaging students from diverse backgrounds. This position will be in the Department of Chemistry with the expectation that the successful candidate will engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary interactions.

Responsibilities: Primary responsibility will include excellence in teaching organic chemistry at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including both lecture and lab instruction; establishing a globally-recognized research program that includes graduate and undergraduate students and which ideally includes interdisciplinary collaborations as well as work in the successful candidate’s specific area(s) of expertise; actively seeking external funding to support research and scholarly activities; conducting and publishing scholarly research in peer-reviewed journals; student mentoring and advising; a strong commitment to inclusion and student success; and service to the department, college, and university.

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Part-time instructors

To be considered for part-time instructional positions, please submit your CV and cover letter stating the courses you are interested in teaching. Email your packet to Courtney Buckmaster, Administrative Assistant Senior of the Department of Chemistry.

Graduate Students

Graduate student teaching assistantships for admitted students

Admitted graduate students interested in applying for teaching assistantships in Western Michigan University's Department of Chemistry should contact Courtney Buckmaster. Selection is made by the department chair in consultation with appropriate course supervisors and graduate advisors.


  • Submit application and resume to Courtney Buckmaster (December 31 for fall, and June 31 for spring) for priority consideration.
  • A minimum requirement for holding a teaching assistantship is to be admitted to a graduate degree program at Western Michigan University.

Preferred qualifications

  • Enrollment in a graduate degree program within the Department of Chemistry
  • Prior teaching or instructional experience, and/or experience working in an industrial setting
  • Bachelor's or master's degree in Chemistry (or related field)

Students (graduate & undergraduate)