Employment Opportunities

Research Assistant Professor
Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM)
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The Hampton University Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) is seeking a candidate for a Research Assistant Professor position.  The appointment is expected to be on or before September 1, 2021 

Founded in 1868, Hampton University (www.hamptonu.edu) is located on approximately 300 acres of the Virginia Peninsula. It is a privately endowed, co-educational, nonsectarian institution of higher education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredit all programs. Hampton University, a member of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) community of higher education institutions, is currently enjoying tremendous growth and development from a traditionally teaching to a more research-intensive institution.  Hampton University is currently a Masters-level institution of higher learning with a primarily undergraduate student population of approximately 4,600 students pursuing degrees in diverse areas of study. 

The Hampton-Brandeis PREM is a partnership between Hampton University and Brandeis University that includes the strengthening and expansion of collaborative research and education between the two institutions. The overall goal of the Hampton-Brandeis PREM program is to increase recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of talented minority students in materials science and engineering related fields. In addition, an important ancillary goal is to increase the research capacity and productivity at Hampton. The Hampton-Brandeis PREM's partnership is based on the following four components: (1) research thrusts in photo-responsive materials, opto-active materials, and opto-electronic materials which is at the center of all activities, (2) an education program for undergraduate students that improves current recruitment, retention and graduation rates and leads to a newly developed minor in Material Science and Engineering, (3) an innovative post-doctoral fellowship training program, which prepares postdocs for faculty careers at Hampton and other HBCUs and universities and (4) outreach partnerships to increase local Hampton Roads K-12 students participation in materials science research activities.

The Hampton-Brandeis PREM Research Assistant Professor appointee will participate in a Post-Doctoral Training Program which is called the Path-to-Professorship (PTP) Program. The PTP program is comprised of two complementary components: (1) the PREM Mentorship and Networking Program, and (2) a PREM Seed Project Funding for PTP Research Assistant Professor. The PTP Program primary aim is to expanding 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 School of Engineering and Technology.  He/she will be supervised jointly by the PREM Director and the PREM thrust leaders.  The successful candidate will be responsible for the performance of PREM research projects under the direct supervision of Hampton University teaching faculty.  The PTP Research Assistant Professor will supervise a research project team consisting of students (graduate, undergraduates and high school) and collaborators, engage in scholarly activities, and actively work towards the further growth and development of the Hampton University PREM. 


The successful applicant must have an earned doctorate (chemistry, engineering, physics, 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 School of Engineering and Technology is required.

 The successful candidate will possess the following skills and abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities-research, education and outreach;
  • Research experience in optics, photonics, micro/nano-fabrication, and thin-film device integration;
  • Expertise in chemical synthesis, polymer systems, computational dynamics, fluid dynamics, microfluidics, and/or microscopy;
  • Expertise in solid-state fluorescent materials development, halide perovskites, and rare earth spectroscopy;
  • Demonstrated ability to work on interdisciplinary, inter-institutional research teams and;
  • Strong track record in research productivity.

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. Nicole Jackson

Project Manager, Hampton PREM

Olin Engineering Building, Suite 302-C

Hampton University

Hampton, VA  23668

Email: nicole.jackson@hamptonu.edu




Hampton PREM Contact:

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


Dr. Demetris Geddis

Telephone: (757)727-5299

Email: demetris.geddis@hamptonu.edu


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

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