Posted On: June 20, 2023

Hours: Full Time


The Albert Nerken School of Engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art seeks outstanding candidates for a tenure-track faculty position in chemical engineering. The school is consistently ranked among the top ten undergraduate engineering institutions in the nation and is focused on providing an exceptional engineering education through an intimate experience characterized by small class sizes and a student-faculty ratio of 7:1. We value interdisciplinary approaches and the intersection of art, architecture, humanities and engineering. Our students and faculty collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to create innovative solutions to societal challenges. A successful candidate will be dedicated to teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in a rigorous project-oriented and supportive academic environment and engaging undergraduate and masters students in research and scholarly activities. The ideal candidate should contribute to Cooper Union’s strategic priority of educational innovation and leading-edge pedagogy. Candidates are expected to collaborate with faculty and staff to develop innovative curricular models, modern pedagogical paradigms, and evidence-based assessment techniques.

The candidate should be able and willing to teach broadly across the undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum. Exceptional candidates from all areas of expertise are encouraged to apply. Additional consideration will be given to those capable of creating opportunities for students in undergraduate research at the intersection of chemical engineering and other disciplines. Candidates interested in contributing to our K-12 STEM outreach programs or service-learning in our community are also encouraged to apply.

The Cooper Union was founded in 1859 by philanthropist Peter Cooper to provide an education “equal to the best” to all who qualify, regardless of race, religion, gender, wealth, or social status. Today, The Cooper Union provides a rigorous professional education in Schools of Art, Architecture, and Engineering, including a broad curriculum offered by our Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Fostering a culture of collaboration among a diverse student body and faculty, The Cooper Union teaches students that art, architecture, and engineering have cultural, environmental, and ethical contexts and consequences. As students develop their professional abilities, they recognize their responsibility to advance science and art and to create a sustainable future. We encourage and are interested in engaging with candidates from a diversity of experiences and perspectives with the talent to challenge our students to maximize their learning potential.

An earned doctorate in chemical engineering or a closely related discipline (such as materials science, biomedical engineering, etc.) is required and an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering is preferred. Candidates with a doctorate in a field other than chemical engineering should be prepared to demonstrate their ability to teach chemical engineering courses. Interested and qualified candidates should submit, in one searchable PDF document:

  • A cover letter (maximum one page) – to assist the search committee, all cover letters should address your interest in The Cooper Union and how you envision your teaching and research interests will contribute to the department and the institution.
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A statement about your teaching philosophy: describe principles, practices, or experiences that inform the way you teach (typically 1-2 pages)
  • A statement about your research interests, including potential research projects for undergraduates (typically 1-2 pages)
  • A statement about diversity and inclusion: describe your interests, experiences, and future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion in engineering (typically 1-2 pages)
  • Contact information for at least three references – at least one of the references should be able to specifically address teaching.

Applications should be sent to and questions may be sent to Department Chair Ben Davis at Review of applications is ongoing with a priority deadline of November 10th, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled

Annual salaries for this position start at $90,000.

This is a unionized position.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Email materials to:

Or submit resume and cover letter to:
Human Resources
30 Cooper Square, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.