State Chemist & Associate Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 190700 - Mississippi State Chemical Lab
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Executive/Administrative/Managerial
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Director and State Chemist serves as chief scientist and administrative officer of the ISO/IEC 17025:2017-accredited laboratory. The MSCL employs about 25 professionals and support staff and is involved in regulatory and public service programs, analytical services, and assistance to citizens, businesses and research programs. The State Chemist will also have an appointment to the faculty of a department at MSU appropriate for their terminal degree and teaching responsibilities (10 – 20% FTE) in that department. The State Chemist reports to the Vice President for Research at MSU and develops budget proposals, manages finances, and technical programs, and prepares reports for the laboratory.

Salary Grade

Salary will depend upon experience and qualifications.

Anticipated Appointment Date:

May 1, 2022

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The State Chemist develops budget proposals, manages finances, and technical programs, and prepares reports for the laboratory.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates should have an earned doctorate in chemistry or biochemistry, but other disciplines may be acceptable if the individual has experience qualifying him or her otherwise. Moreover, the candidates must be eligible for appointment to a tenure-track faculty position in a department appropriate for their terminal degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

A minimum of five years of management experience in an ISO/IEC 17025:2017-accredited laboratory environment is preferred.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2022. A cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, names and contact information for at least three references and other supporting materials should be included in the application to MSU.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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