The Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (CBE) at the University of Maine, Orono, Maine, invites applications for the position of the J. Larcom Ober Chair in Chemical Engineering. The Ober Chair was established in 1989 by a bequest from J. Larcom Ober, B.S. 1913. The purpose of the Endowed Chair is to promote excellence in chemical engineering with an emphasis on pulp and paper applications. The funds distributed from the endowment are available to support the Chair holder, research staff, equipment, supplies, travel, and other professional expenses of the Chair’s team. The CBE department is seeking an outstanding scholar with teaching experience in chemical engineering and with research expertise in pulp-and-paper-related fields.
The CBE department offers ABET accredited B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, and it offers M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, as well as a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. The department has 17 full-time regular faculty and teaching staff. It collaborates with faculty members in the School of Forest Resources through the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI).
FBRI has unique pilot plant infrastructure to support research on pulping, papermaking, coating, nanocellulose, and conversion of woody biomass to fuels (synthetic crude oil derived), chemicals and advanced materials. This infrastructure includes a pilot paper machine, pilot coater, pilot facility for nanocellulose production, biomass to bioproducts pilot plant, and synthetic crude oil pilot plant located on-campus at the Process Development Center (PDC) and off-campus at the Technology Research Center (TRC). Both PDC & TRC bring in many industry/business contacts.
In addition to the FBRI, collaborative multi-disciplinary research opportunities abound with established research centers/labs such as the Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies (FIRST), the Advanced Structures & Composites Center (ASCC), the Climate Change Institute, and the Aquaculture Research Center. The CBE department has a long-standing relationship with the UMaine Pulp & Paper Foundation which provides a network of industry and business leaders.
The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,200 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university. As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels.
The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.
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A strong background in chemical engineering, or closely related discipline including pulp and paper technology, and a Ph.D. are required.
Qualified applicants for the position are expected to bring outstanding skills to the department, have a strong research grants and publication record, articulate a vision for growing the research enterprise leveraging the Ober endowment Income distribution, and have the ability to build strong relationships with academic departments and research centers across campus as well as external constituencies including alumni and corporations.
Applicants must be committed to quality undergraduate and graduate education including teaching and mentoring.
The candidate’s credentials must be commensurate with appointment as a full professor with tenure in the department.
Evidence of teaching and research in chemical engineering and its applications to challenges in forest products industry through novel and original approaches.
Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:
1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position 2.) a resume/curriculum vitae 3.) contact information for three professional references
You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.
Search Timeline is as follows: Review of applications to begin: March 16, 2021 Tentative start date: August 30, 2021
For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Clay Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appropriate background checks are required.
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About University of Maine
The University of Maine, the flagship campus of the University of Maine System, is ranked in the top 100 U.S. public universities. The University fosters a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration through its support of several Research Centers focused on forest bioproducts, advanced engineered composites, surface science, aquaculture, innovation, climate change, molecular biophysics, and forestry, among others. The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (http://www.umaine.edu/chb/) consists of 17 faculty members who are committed to making a diverse range of traditional and non-traditional careers available to our graduates. We are well-equipped to address the needs of a diverse portfolio of paper, specialty chemicals, advanced materials, pharmaceutical, food, and biotechnology sectors. The department has unique pilot plant infrastructure to support research on pulping, papermaking, coating, nanocellulose, and conversion of woody biomass to fuels (synthetic crude oil derived), chemicals and advanced materials. This infrastructure includes a pilot paper machine, pilot coater, pilot facility for nanocellulose production, biomass to bioproducts pilot plant, and synthetic... crude oil pilot plant located on-campus at the Process Development Center and off-campus at the Technology Research Center. Both pilot facilities bring in many industry/business contacts.