The National Science Foundation (NSF) 2-Dimensional materials for Biofilm Science and Engineering (2D-BEST) Center at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines) seeks exceptional candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. In 2019, the State of South Dakota was awarded an NSF EPSCoR RII Track 1 grant, having a research focus at the intersection of 2D materials, biofilms, and big-data, resulting in the creation of the 2D BEST center The Center’s vision is to be nationally recognized for developing next-generation, nanoscale, conformal, two-dimensional (2D) coatings to control biofilm formation on technologically-relevant materials (e.g., metals, polymers, ceramics, soil particles, biological tissues) with agricultural, industrial, medical, and commercial applications. Biofilms play a critical role in food production (nitrogen fixation) and in the integrity of oil, gas, and water distribution systems (biocorrosion), impacting the grand challenges of food, energy, and water. Accordingly, 2D BEST researchers conduct convergent science to study gene expression and signaling pathways in response to changes in atomic-scale surface features. The opportunity to collaborate with faculties exists at all participating South Dakota institutions of higher learning.
Preference will be given to candidates with experience and research interests in 2D materials design, synthesis, defect engineering, and characterization for development of a suite of rationally designed 2D coatings on a range of technologically relevant materials. Synthesis includes thin film atomistic depositions techniques, such as chemical and physical vapor deposition. Defect engineering entails strategies for the intentional introduction of well-characterized defects in 2D coatings for subsequent investigation on their roles in biofilm phenotypes and genotypes. Successful candidates are expected to have potential for publication and will be expected to to initiate and/or sustain a nationally recognized, externally sponsored research program in the area of 2D materials and to develop courses related to 2D materials. Previous post-doctoral experience, a track record of funding, successful teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels, industrial experience, and demonstration of multi-disciplinary collaboration are preferred.
Candidates will have an earned doctorate in chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, nanoscience or nanoengineering, or a closely related discipline by the start date. The successful applicant will be assigned within an academic department on campus as their tenure/tenure-track home. Potential departments include Chemical and Biological Engineering; Chemistry, Biology, and Health Sciences; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Materials and Metallurgical Engineering; and Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. The new faculty member will have the opportunity to participate and to collaborate with faculties in M.S. and Ph.D. programs within Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering and Science, Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, and others on campus.
SD Mines promotes an outstanding educational environment for students; thus, applicants should demonstrate an interest and commitment to excellence in teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. The desired start date is Spring semester 2021.
SD Mines supports a collaborative environment as exemplified by the multi-disciplinary nature of the Arbegast Materials Processing and Joining Laboratory (AMP), the Composites and Polymer Engineering Laboratory (CAPE), the Composites and Nanocomposites Advanced Manufacturing – Biomaterials Center (CNAM-Bio), the Direct Write Laboratory (DWL), the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), the Biochemical Spatiotemporal NeTwork Resource (Bio-SNTR), and the Surface Engineering Research Center (SERC). For additional information regarding research opportunities view http://www.sdsmt.edu/Research/.
Established in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. South Dakota Mines is a public university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science.
Known for our academic rigor, we maintain an average class size of 24. Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering.
South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls around 2,550 students from 46 states and 41 countries and is ranked as the best engineering school for return on investment out of 302 similar institutions across the United States. The SD Mines placement rate for recent graduates is 97 percent.
Rapid City is the state’s second largest city (with an urban population of 75,443 and metropolitan population of 148,749) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit: http://sdsmt.edu/The-Rushmore-Region/.
South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including paid medical and life insurance for our employees, as well as medical, dental and vision coverage for spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at http://www.sdsmt.edu/employment. Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin on November 3, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status in employment or the provision of service.
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