Job ID: 170913

Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering

The University of Southern Mississippi

  • Nov. 2, 2021
  • Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering
  • School of Polymer Science and Engineering
  • The University of Southern Mississippi
    Hattiesburg, MS
  • Open until filled
  • Aug. 15, 2022
  • Assistant Professor
  • Materials Sciences/Polymer Sciences

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applications must be submitted online at (Job #req2287). Applicants should submit a single PDF document containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research plans, and a brief statement of teaching philosophy that includes interest in specific core courses in the polymer science and engineering (PSE) graduate and undergraduate curricula. Applicants should also provide the name and contact information for at least three references. Review of applications will begin Nov. 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. For inquiries about the position, contact the search committee chair Dr. Sarah Morgan (

Job Summary: The University of Southern Mississippi invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the School of Polymer Science and Engineering (SPSE) within the College of Arts and Sciences (Hattiesburg Campus) to begin in fall 2022. Applications will be accepted from candidates whose research interests are in any area of contemporary polymer science and engineering, but candidates with expertise in physical polymer chemistry, polymer physics, or polymer engineering are particularly encouraged to apply.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
1. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in polymer science and engineering
2. Build an internationally recognized research program, including mentorship and supervision of graduate and undergraduate student research
3. Secure external funding from private, state, and federal entities to sustain a high level of research and scholarship
4. Contribute to the mission of the school, college, university, and scientific community through professional service
5. Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications
1. Earned Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering, chemistry, or a closely related discipline
2. Demonstrated record of intellectual and academic accomplishments evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, professional presentations, and/or grant submissions

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to work effectively, collaboratively, and collegially with students, staff, and faculty from diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Skill sets associated with use and application of common equipment and instrumentation in PSE

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research, teaching, and/or service activities that demonstrate commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Candidates with postdoctoral research experience who demonstrate strong potential to develop collaborations within SPSE and across other academic disciplines.

About the School: SPSE comprises faculty members with research programs in polymer composites, biomaterials and bioinspired polymers, materials for energy and sustainability, optoelectronic materials, and coatings and thin films with external funding totaling ~$27M over the past three years. SPSE offers state-of-the-art facilities for polymer-related research including a shared thermal/thermomechanical analysis suite, 400/600 MHz NMR spectrometers, SAXS/WAXS laboratory beamline, XPS/UPS spectrometer, magnetic characterization, AC/DC SQUID magnetometer, ESR, polymer processing (extrusion/injection molding), composite fabrication facilities, and computing capabilities. SPSE is home to ~80 Ph.D. students and ~100 undergraduate students; it offers polymer science and engineering degrees at the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. levels. For more information about SPSE, visit

About the University of Southern Mississippi: The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

  • As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

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Contact Information

  • Prof. Sarah Morgan, Search Committee Chair
    School of Polymer Science and Engineering
    The University of Southern Mississippi
    118 College Drive #5050
    Hattiesburg, MS 39406
  • 601-266-5296

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