Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Colorado School of Mines

United States

Engineering a world of possibilities

The Department of Chemistry at Colorado School of Mines (Mines) invites applications for the position of Assistant Teaching Professor starting in August 2024.

Located in Golden, CO, Mines is a public institution dedicated to education and research in engineering and the applied sciences. The Department of Chemistry offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and conducts a research program emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches to solving real world problems. For additional information about the program, please visit

Responsibilities:  This academic position will have pedagogical responsibility for the entry level chemistry courses with a primary focus to implement, oversee, manage and ensure the quality of laboratory instruction for the chemistry core courses. 


The primary responsibilities would include:

  • Evaluation and updating of laboratory curriculum for general chemistry.
    • work with other faculty on the creation and modification of laboratory experiments, activities, and simulations to maintain a high quality laboratory program.
  • Teach one to two general chemistry lecture sections per year in a team-teaching environment.
  • Prepare and lead TA training workshops.
  • Prepare and direct weekly TA and Lab Professor meetings and practice sessions.
    • Manage and assist all TAs regarding laboratory techniques, classroom management, interpersonal issues, and grading.
  • Set standards for laboratory report grading, assist TAs with grading issues, and manage all student grades using the University learning management system.
  • Implement and enforce safety policies and procedures in the laboratory.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates must hold a minimum of a Master’s degree in Chemistry, or closely-related STEM discipline.
  • The successful applicant must be knowledgeable in college level chemistry topics;
  • Comfortable with basic chemistry lab equipment;
  • Applicants must be proficient with word processing and spreadsheet software (e.g. Word, Excel), preferably with some experience with learning management systems (e.g. Canvas) and presentation software (e.g. Powerpoint).  


About Mines & Golden, CO 

When the world looks for answers, the world looks to Mines. 


Colorado School of Mines is a top-ranked public university solving the grand challenges facing our society, particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment. Founded in 1874 with specialties in mining and metallurgy, Mines’ scope and mission have continually expanded to meet the needs of industry and society. Today, we are the No. 38 public university in the nation, recognized for our innovation and undergraduate teaching in science, technology engineering and math (U.S. News and World Report, 2023). 


Mines graduates are change makers, boundary breakers and problem solvers. Since our earliest days, a Mines education has been and continues to be a transformational opportunity, with one of the strongest returns on investment out there for talented STEM students of all backgrounds.  


At the same time, Mines faculty members are pushing their fields in new directions, whether that’s manufacturing, space resources, quantum engineering, carbon capture or more. Mines was recently classified as a R1 “Very High Activity” research institution by Carnegie, a notable feat for any university but particularly one of our size. 


Are you looking for an inspiring, mission-driven workplace where you can contribute to solving the world’s problems and educating the next generation of change makers? Are you an individual who values a diverse and inclusive community, where our different perspectives, experiences and cultures enrich the educational and work experience?  


Look to Mines. 


Equal Opportunity 

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce. 


Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety. 


Annual Rate and Benefits 

Assistant Professor salary range is $70,000 - $80,000 per year


In addition to the amazing benefits mentioned below, Mines continues to show its dedication to its employees by offering an 11% employee contribution through our Mines Defined Contribution Plan and an incredible 12% employer contribution with immediate 100% vesting for our faculty positions!


All Mines employees also have access to discount programs through the State of Colorado and free tickets for Mines Athletics home games, as well as access to the on-campus Recreation Center (fitness classes and training, swimming pool and more), equipment rentals through the Outdoor Rec Center, the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP), and backup child and elder care. Coming soon is an on-campus daycare center. For more information about benefits at Mines, go to


How to Apply


Interested applicants should apply online as soon as possible as application review will begin immediately. Applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.


Applications must include: 1) a cover letter stating area of interest, highlighting accomplishments to date, future directions at Mines and how you will interface with the department.; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of teaching; and, 4) a diversity statement


Teaching Statement: Mines is committed to high-quality, hands-on, and project-based learning. Additionally, Mines is growing its online MS non-thesis degree programs. Candidates should cover their in-person and hands-on teaching pedagogy and be prepared to describe any experience they have in online education.


Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Candidates should submit a statement on Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion. Mines is committed to access, inclusion, and diversity and is actively developing a strategic plan to advance Diversity, Inclusion, and Access (for more information visit The diversity and inclusion statement should describe your past experience and should propose concrete research, teaching, and/or service activities that will advance access, inclusion, and diversity at Mines and beyond.

Contact Dorie Gelber, Human Resources, at with any questions about this opportunity. 


A Background check will be required upon offer.


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