Chemical and Biological Engineering

These positions are part of the Drexel Engineering Faculty Cluster Hiring initiative.

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) at Drexel University invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the level of Assistant Professor. We are looking to make early offers to strong candidates in the current cycle for a position start date of September 1, 2024. It is anticipated that this will provide the candidate an opportunity to gain an additional year of research/grant writing experience prior to the start of the tenure clock. We are seeking outstanding candidates committed to leading multi-disciplinary, diverse research teams and eager to teach a diverse population of both undergraduate and graduate students. 

Aligned with the Drexel University 2030 strategic plan, the College of Engineering's cluster hire aims at strengthening Drexel's identified areas of excellence. Candidates with any research expertise related to the College of Engineering’s cluster hire themes of Energy and Sustainability; Health, Wellness, and Medicine; and Smart, Integrated Cities will be considered.

Preference will be given to candidates with research in either of the following two areas:

  1. Biotechnology and Biomedicine – This focus is also part of the University-wide research initiative around Cell and Gene Therapy.
  2. Process Systems Engineering


The applicant must have earned a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering or a related field by September 1, 2024 with a demonstrated record of and commitment to scholarly achievement and excellence.

About Drexel and CBE Department

Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Drexel University is a world‐class, comprehensive, R1 research institution and a global leader in experiential education. Drexel University’s College of Engineering strives to create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment. The college values inclusion as a core strength and an essential part of our founder, AJ Drexel’s mission of preparing each new generation of students for productive professional and civic lives, while also focusing our collective expertise on solving society’s greatest problems.

Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) at Drexel features outstanding faculty members including one PECASE and nine NSF CAREER award winners, one ONR Young Investigator, and one Fulbright Fellow. CBE research activity lies in four principal areas – Polymer Science and Engineering, Multiscale Modeling and Process Systems Engineering, Energy and the Environment, and Biological Engineering. CBE faculty have a record of outstanding collaborations with the other departments in the College of Engineering as well as other colleges and schools at Drexel, including the School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Medicine, the College of Nursing and Health Professions, the School of Public Health, College of Computing and Informatics, and the College of Arts and Sciences.


Visit Careers at Drexel for a more detailed description and application instructions. In one PDF, candidates should submit the following:  (i) a cover letter; (ii) curriculum vitae detailing educational background, research accomplishments, and work experience; (iii) research plan; (iv) teaching plan; (v) names of at least three professional references; and (vi) a personal statement, which discusses the candidate’s past experiences, present efforts, and/or future aspirations to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their academic careers. Drexel University believes that diversity and inclusivity are required for excellence, and candidates are encouraged to describe how their work celebrates diversity in their application. Particularly for candidates who hold BS degrees outside of chemical engineering, the teaching plan should address their ability to teach core undergraduate courses in CBE.

The deadline to apply is December 9, 2022. For questions, please contact Vibha Kalra. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to send their full CV to Vibha Kalra by November 5. Review of applications will begin in November and candidates are also encouraged to submit their full applications as soon as possible for early consideration.