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From left: PhD student Geemi Wellawatte, Andrew White, an associate professor of chemical engineering, and Aditi Seshadri ’22 in Wegmans Hall.

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University of Rochester Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Rochester invites applications for an open-rank, tenure-track faculty position with a preferred start date of July 1, 2023. Tenure upon hire is available to qualified candidates. While the position is open to all ranks, applications at the Assistant Professor level are strongly encouraged.  More information  here:

Complete applications received before November 23, 2022 will receive immediate attention; however, applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Candidates should submit the following application materials at

For further information, contact Dr. Wyatt Tenhaeff, Chair, Chemical Engineering Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627,

The University of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE / Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled


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More than 49% of the 130 undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Chemical Engineering in fall 2021 were female.


More than 70% of the 2022 BS graduates have accepted an employment offer at the time of graduation or are entering graduate programs.

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Our faculty and students conduct research at the forefront of modern chemical engineering. We specialize in applying materials science to tackle grand challenges facing society in the areas of clean energy, biotechnology, and nanotechnology.

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