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Robert K. Barrett Chair in Polymer Science and Engineering Endowed Professorship

Apply now Job no: 506502
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Polymer Science & Engineering
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Description

The Department of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst invites applications for the Robert K. Barrett Chair in Polymer Science and Engineering Endowed Professorship starting in Fall 2021. The successful candidate will be appointed at the full professor level, with expertise in any area of polymer science and engineering, including polymer synthesis, polymer physics, polymer materials, and polymer engineering at the international level of excellence. Ideal candidates will have the ability to conduct and lead externally funded multi-investigator research programs that involve other departmental and campus colleagues, in addition to continued excellence in research, teaching, and service to the community. The successful candidate will mentor and educate students and postdoctoral fellows to conduct outstanding research in polymer science and engineering. Candidates will demonstrate collaboration with colleagues in the department, college, university, and nationally and internationally in the various facets of polymer science and engineering.  Candidates will support Polymer Science and Engineering’s commitment  to increasing the diversity of the faculty, student body and curriculum.



Candidates must have a Ph.D. in any discipline specializing in polymers, and possess experience that is commensurate with the established record of excellence. They must also have a research record of international caliber as documented, for example, by notable publications, patents, presentations, collaborations, and honors and awards; successful grantsmanship must also be evident.


Additional Information

Apply by January 15, 2021 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.


Applicant Instructions

Applications should include: (1) a cover letter addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. M. Muthukumar, (2) provide names and contact information for three individuals who are willing to write a letter of recommendation, (3) a curriculum vitae, (4) a research plan, (5) a statement of teaching interests, and (6) a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, identifying past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching and outreach activities. (

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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