Employment Opportunities

Research Assistant Professor
School of Engineering
Date Posted:
Closing Date:
Open Until filled


The Hampton University Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) is seeking candidates for appointment at the Research Assistant Professor level beginning on or before December 31, 2015. 

The PREM is a partnership between Hampton University faculty and the Brandeis University Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC- http://www.brandeis.edu/mrsec/) that includes research, education, training and outreach collaborative activities. The overall goals are to bolster faculty research collaborations that will serve as a catalyst for the recruitment and retention of talented students who pursue research careers in materials science and engineering fields.  The PREM's four collaborative   components include: (1) research thrusts in dynamics of assembly of polymeric thin films, protein interactions with complex polymeric assembly systems and fabrication of bioinspired drug delivery systems, (2) a comprehensive education program for undergraduate and graduate students that emphasize communication of their PREM research to diverse audiences, (3) an innovative post-doctoral fellowship training program, which prepares faculty for Hampton and other HBCUs and (4) outreach partnerships to increase local Hampton Roads K-12 students participation in materials science research activities. These four areas build on Hampton faculty’s research expertise and the existing partnerships between Hampton faculty and Hampton Roads K-12 institutions, and are in synergy with the research activities of Brandeis MRSEC’s faculty members.

The PREM's Training Program, the Path-to-Professorship (PTP) Program, is comprised of two complementary components: (1) MRSEC-based faculty to serve as mentors to aspiring materials science research faculty via the PREM Mentorship and Networking Program, and (2) a PREM Seed Project Funding for PTP Research Assistant Professor. The PTP Program's primary aim is to expand the diversity of the NSF-funded materials science research workforce and the HBCU materials science-related faculty pool. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The PTP Program Research Assistant Professor appointment will be in the Department of Engineering and supervised jointly by the PREM Project Director and members of the PREM's interdisciplinary faculty team.  The three successful candidates will be responsible for the performance of PREM research projects under the direct supervision of Hampton University teaching faculty.  The PTP Research Assistant Professors will supervise a research project team consisting of students (graduate, undergraduates and high school) and collaborators, engage in scholarly activities, and actively work toward the further growth and development of the Hampton University PREM.  Each PTP Research Assistant Professor will spend 6 to 12 months in-residence at the Brandeis University MRSEC in Waltham, Massachusetts, under the supervision of MRSEC Director Dr. Seth Fraden.


The successful applicant must have an earned doctorate (biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, physics, pharmaceutical science, or related field) and a strong record of research demonstrated in research productivity during graduate and post-doctoral training.  Scholarly activity appropriate for an appointment as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering is required.


The successful candidate will possess:

  • the demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities -research, education and outreach;
  • the expertise in chemical synthesis, polymer systems, computational dynamics, fluid dynamics, microfluidics, and/or microscopy;
  • the demonstrated ability working in interdisciplinary, inter-institutional research teams;
  • a strong track record in research productivity (assistant professor candidates);
  • the synergy with research activities taking place at Hampton University PREM and Brandeis MRSEC; and
  • the potential to leverage infrastructure and resources available within the Hampton University PREM and Brandeis MRSEC.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The compensation package will be commensurate with rank and experience. All interested applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement and three letters of recommendation to:

Ms. Tira Jackson

Project Manager, Hampton PREM

Olin Engineering Building, Suite 118

Hampton University

Hampton, VA  23668

Email: tira.jackson@hamptonu.edu



Hampton PREM Contact:

We encourage inquires concerning this career opportunity and welcome the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants.

Dr. Raymond E. Samuel

Telephone: (757)727-5299

Email: raymond.samuel@hamptonu.edu

 **Hampton University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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