Teaching Postdoctoral Research Associate

Cookeville, Tennessee

Tennessee Technological University

Position Information

Position Information

Position Number


Working Title

Teaching Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job Title

Research Associate

Job Type




Job Purpose

The Department of Chemistry at Tennessee Tech. University is currently seeking successful applicants that will serve as the instructor of record for lecture and/or laboratory courses in the department, depending on expertise, as well as perform original research on a multidisciplinary project at the interface of organic synthesis, separation science, and computational chemistry towards the development of heteroaryl Lewis basic complexants for selective minor actinide separations from spent nuclear fuel. This position is ideal for applicant's seeking to develop professional expertise in an academic environment towards pursuit of tenure-track position in chemistry at a small doctoral or primary undergraduate institution. Tennessee Tech. University has recently completed a 150,000 ft interdisciplinary laboratory science building in 2021 which currently houses the department of chemistry and includes laboratory, instrumentation, and office space.

Essential Functions

Serving as the instructor of record for lecture and/or laboratory courses in the successful applicant's area of expertise. Organic synthesis, purification, characterization and early validation of heterocyclic Lewis-basic complexant scaffolds for potential application in selective liquid-liquid separations of minor actinides from the lanthanides.

Minimum Qualifications

A Ph.D. in organic, or inorganic chemistry with extensive expertise in one of the following sub areas: heterocycles, synthetic methods, C-H functionalization, natural product total synthesis, or medicinal chemistry is required. Experience as a teaching assistant in chemistry. Experience in multi-step organic synthesis involving air and moisture sensitive reagents, compound purification using flash chromatography and recrystallization, in addition to characterization and evaluation of intermediates and end products using 1D/2D NMRE, IR, and UV spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry, are required. The ability to effectively document results as well as manage workflow and logistics while maintaining a clean and safe working environment at all times is required. The desire to mentor undergraduate trainees and professionally interact with a multidisciplinary team while maintaining a positive attitude is required. The ability to effectively present research results to a multidisciplinary team is also required.

Preferred Qualifications

A desire to professionally enhance qualifications towards pursuit of tenure-track appointment at a small doctoral or primarily undergraduate research institution. A strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals is preferred. A desire to substantively participate in external proposal writing is preferred. Experience with metal-mediated transformations, including borylation is desired. Experience in fluorimetry and metal-ligan binding kinetics is desired.

Work Hours

Compensation and Benefits


Commensurate with education and experience.

Benefits Information

Tennessee Tech offers a competitive benefits package. Benefits include the accumulation of two vacation days per month and one sick leave day per month, and thirteen University holidays. Other benefits include medical and life insurance (shared cost with the university), retirement, optional 401k, and educational benefits.

Posting Details

Posting Date


Screening Date


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants are required to electronically upload 1) A Letter of Interest summarizing the applicant's expertise, accomplishments, and professional goals, 2) Curriculum Vitae including all academic and professional positions, publications, and presentations, 3) A Research Summary of five pages max, 4) a statement of teaching philosophy of two pages max., 5) copy of transcripts from all institutions from which a degree was conferred (official copies will be required upon hire), 6) Email addresses and contact information of a minimum of three professional references with one reference required from the applicant's Ph.D. advisor. Submissions of materials is the applicant's responsibility. Applications without all required materials are incomplete and will not be considered. Questions should be directed to Dr. Jesse D. Carrick, jcarrick@tntech.edu, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Tennessee Tech University, Box 5055, Cookeville, TN 38505. Research group website: Chemistry Carrick Research Group (tntech.edu).

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Teaching Philosophy
  3. Research Plan
  4. Transcripts
  5. List of References
  6. Letter of Application
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts 2
  2. Transcripts 3
  3. Other Documents
  4. Other Documents 2
  5. Licenses/Certs
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * Do you have a Ph.D. from an accredited institution in organic, or inorganic chemistry with extensive expertise in one of the following sub areas: heterocycles, synthetic methods, C-H functionalization, natural product total synthesis, or medicinal chemistry?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear about this job opportunity?

    (Open Ended Question)
Posted: 08/17/2022