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Assistant/Associate Professor in Polymer Science and Engineering

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

Position Details
Location Hattiesburg

118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001
United States
Division School of Polymer Science and Engineering
Position Type Faculty
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded No
Posting Close Date Open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications must be submitted online at A completed application will include 1) a cover letter, 2) a CV, 3) a statement of research plans, and 4) a brief statement of teaching philosophy that includes interest in specific core courses in the polymer science and engineering graduate and undergraduate curricula. Applicants should also provide the name and contact information for at least three references (letters will be requested following initial review). Review of applications will begin November 14 and continue until the positions are filled. For inquiries about the positions, contact the search committee chair Dr. Xiaodan Gu (

About the School 
SPSE comprises faculty members with research programs in optoelectronic materials, polymer composites, biomaterials and bioinspired polymers, materials for energy and sustainability, and coatings and thin films with external funding totaling ~$50M over the past five years. SPSE offers state-of-the-art facilities for polymer-related research including a shared thermal/thermomechanical analysis suite, 400/600 MHz NMR spectrometers, SAXS/WAXS laboratory beamline, XPS/UPS spectrometer, magnetic characterization, AC/DC SQUID magnetometer, ESR, polymer processing (extrusion/injection molding), composite fabrication facilities, and computing capabilities. SPSE is home to ~80 Ph.D. students and ~80 undergraduate students; it offers polymer science and engineering degrees at the B.S. (ABET accredited), M.S., and Ph.D. levels. For more information about SPSE, visit

Job Summary
The School of Polymer Science and Engineering (SPSE) at the University of Southern Mississippi invites applications for two (2) nine-month tenure-track faculty positions to begin in August 2023. One position is designated at the rank of Assistant Professor and the other is designated at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Applications are encouraged from exceptional candidates with research interests in any area of contemporary polymer science and engineering.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in polymer science and engineering
  2.  Build an internationally recognized research program
  3.  Supervise graduate and undergraduate student research with an emphasis on effective mentorship and professional development
  4.  Secure external funding from private, state, and federal entities to sustain a high level of research and scholarship
  5.  Contribute to the mission of the school, college, university, and scientific community through professional service
  6.  Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications
Earned Ph.D. from an accredited college or university in polymer science and engineering or a closely related discipline. Demonstrated record of intellectual and academic accomplishments evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, professional presentations, and/or grant submissions commensurate with rank

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to work effectively, collaboratively, and collegially with students, staff, and faculty
  • Commitment to enhancement of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment in which world-class faculty, staff, and students can thrive
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Skill sets associated with use and application of common equipment and instrumentation in PSE

Preferred Qualifications
Research, teaching, and/or service activities that demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates with postdoctoral research experience who demonstrate strong potential to develop collaborations within SPSE and across other academic disciplines.

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 across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 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 large event venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 37 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 more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 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.


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