Academic Job Opportunities for Members of SCS

Announcing five faculty positions that should be of especial interest to members of the Society of Catholic Scientists! They are at the Catholic University of America, Ave Maria University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, University of Dallas and University of Notre Dame

1… New opening at Franciscan University of Steubenville (see 2.  for another position at FSU and additional information about FSU):

The Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering, in the School of Natural and Applied Science at Franciscan University of Steubenville, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the assistant or associate professor level. 

Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in the area of biochemistry, biological chemistry, or chemical biology who can teach across both chemistry and biology, including foundational courses and laboratories, and can maintain an active research program that provides research experiences for undergraduate students. 

Qualifications: (a) Ph.D. or equivalent in biochemistry, chemistry, chemical biology, or related discipline at the time of appointment (ABD candidates will be considered); (b) preparedness and enthusiasm to teach a variety of courses across biochemistry, chemistry, and biology; (c) ability to contribute to teaching in biochemistry, foundational courses in chemistry (CHM 110/115/114/118 sequence or CHM 111/116/112/117 sequence), and molecular and cell biology labs; (d) willingness to coordinate foundational lab curriculum and work closely with part-time faculty teaching these courses; (e) ability to provide research experience for undergraduates in scholarly area of interest; (f) Commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service, and support of the Mission of the University

To apply, applicants should submit the following materials:  (1) a cover letter outlining the interest and candidate’s strengths in support of the advertised position; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness; (4) a personal statement responding to the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville ; (5) contact information for at least three professional references (letters of recommendation will be requested for those applicants selected for further consideration); (6) copies of academic transcripts (official transcripts will be required at time of hire)

The application package must be submitted electronically to Dr. David Collins, Chair, Search Committee, via Inquiries should be directed to Review of complete applications will begin January 30, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.

2… The other opening at Franciscan University of Steubenville:

This is for a full-time, tenure-track position in the Biology Department at the assistant professor level.  Here is a description provided by FUS:

“Franciscan University of Steubenville is an academically excellent and passionately Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition, located 24 miles west of Pittsburgh International Airport, in Steubenville, Ohio.

The Biology Department is housed in Sts. Cosmas and Damian Science Hall, a 43,000 sq. ft. facility equipped with an animal facility, greenhouse, and both classroom and faculty laboratory space.

Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in the area of organismal biology who can maintain an active research program and provide research opportunities for students.

An appropriate Ph.D. is required at time of employment. ABD candidates will be considered. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in undergraduate teaching, have an active scholarly agenda, and support the Mission Statement of the university (available at ).

To apply, please submit the following electronically to Dr. Kyle McKenna, Biology Search Chair, via Ms. Carrie Libetti, Academic Affairs, at 1. letter of application, 2. CV, 3. teaching portfolio containing evidence of undergraduate teaching effectiveness (including teaching evaluations and a statement of teaching philosophy), 4. a personal statement responding to FUS’s Mission, 5. three letters of reference, 6. and official transcripts.

Review of completed applications will begin October 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. For additional information, see the HR pages. Franciscan University of Steubenville is committed to principles of equal opportunity and is an equal opportunity employer.” 

3... The opening at Catholic University of America

There is a tenure-track assistant professor position at Catholic University in the School of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering. This is the description provided by CUA:

“The Department of Biomedical Engineering at The Catholic University of America invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank, to begin in Fall of 2020.

Biomedical Engineering at CUA is an ABET accredited undergraduate program, which also awards masters and doctoral degrees in biomedical engineering. The department has strong research ties with the neighboring MedStar National Rehabilitation Network, Children’s National Health System, National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, NIST and other nearby institutions. For more information, please visit our web page

We seek candidates who understand, are enthusiastic about, and will make a significant contribution to our University’s mission

The position requires a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering or a related field, commitment to teaching and potential for conducting innovative research in biomedical engineering. Qualified individuals in all fields related to biomedical engineering are encouraged to apply.  However, we are particularly interested in applicants who can contribute to our Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center, and have expertise in robotics, biomechanics, movement disorders and/or neuro-motor control.  For more information about our center, please visit our web page

Applicants should include: cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, names and contact information for three references, a one- to two-page personal statement indicating how the applicant’s research, teaching, and service will make a distinctive contribution to our University’s mission and to the vision of Catholic education outlined in the Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities Ex Corde Ecclesiae.

These materials should be uploaded to

Questions regarding this position can be directed to the Chair of the search committee: Sang Wook Lee, PhD, Chair, Faculty Search Committee, Department of Biomedical Engineering, The Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Avenue, N.E., Washington, DC 20064

4… The opening at Ave Maria University:

There is a position at Ave Maria University for Professor of Physics, all levels, starting in the Spring or Fall of 2020. This is the description of the position provided by Ave Maria University:

“The Department of Chemistry and Physics at Ave Maria University invites applications for a Professor of Physics, all levels, for the Spring or Fall of 2020. The Department offers undergraduate degrees in biochemistry, chemistry, and physics. Candidates with the capacity to teach undergraduate physics courses is mandatory (including mechanics, materials, electricity & magnetism, and upper level courses). Post-graduate experience teaching physics is desired, but not required, for the role, and familiarity with experiential teaching through laboratories is expected. A doctorate in physics, engineering or applied math or related discipline is desired.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a research summary including how that research would involve student participation, unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate school transcripts, and a statement relating the University's Catholic mission as expressed in Ex Corde Ecclesiae to their philosophy of teaching. To be considered all documents in support of your application must be submitted. Candidates should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted in support of their application upon request. Electronic applications should be uploaded at Click on the link under the position, the Apply Tab, First Time User? – Register Now tab, and once registered you can upload your application materials. Please address your cover letter to Ave Maria University Physics Faculty Search Committee, and attach that with all the above requested application materials. If you need assistance with submitting application materials, please contact Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Ave Maria University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Ave Maria University provides an excellent benefit package to full time faculty and staff. Ave Maria University is a Catholic, liberal arts institution of higher learning dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional disciples of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service.”

5... The opening at University of Dallas

The University of Dallas is looking for someone to start in a new tenure-track position, in Fall 2020, teaching mostly computer science classes, but the occasional math class as well. A Ph.D. in Computer Science is desired, but a doctorate in a closely-related field will be considered.

The University of Dallas is a private, Catholic, liberal arts school with a growing computer science program.

Our school has a real, vibrant and alive Catholic identity with a very rigorous liberal arts core curriculum. Our CS program has an active Student Chapter of the ACM, and our competitive programming teams are enthusiastic and do quite well. Speaking personally, UD is a truly good place to work: Very collegial, great students, great city.

Visit to apply, and to read the full job description.

6… The opening at the University of Notre Dame

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a position to be filled at any rank (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor) and open to any research area. Priority areas of research interest include the interface of biology and computer science (computational biology, bioinformatics, and related areas), robotics, and human-computer interaction. For information about the position and how to apply see