Experimental Physical Chemistry Tenure Track Position at LSU


The Louisiana State University Department of Chemistry anticipates filling an Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (Experimental Physical Chemistry/Tenure-track) position with a starting date of August 13, 2012.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in chemistry or a related field; demonstrated excellence in teaching and research. Responsibilities: establish a strong, well-funded, widely recognized research program in experimental physical chemistry; teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Application deadline is November 28, 2011 or until a candidate is selected.

Applications at the Assistant Professor level should consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of proposed research, and statement of teaching philosophy, preferably as a single PDF document; and three letters of recommendation.

Associate/Full Professor candidates should submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae. Please submit materials electronically; see below. Arrange for letters of recommendation to be sent to Ms. Vickie Thornton (vthornton@lsu.edu), Experimental Physical Chemistry Search, Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.


Apply online at https://lsusystemcareers.lsu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=53755

McNeese March 2009

In March of 2009, I visited McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana to give a talk and visit my collaborator Prof. Mark Merchant, “the alligator man”. Mark gave me a tour of his alligator holding facilities on campus.

Alligator in pen at McNeese State University, March 2009

Mark wanted to get this alligator to open its mouth so that I could get a good photo.

Prof. Mark Merchant with an alligator at McNeese State University March 2009
Prof. Mark Merchant with an alligator at McNeese State University March 2009

Sure enough, the alligator did open his mouth. Note Chemistry Department Head Ron Darbeau who was on the proper side of the fence during all of this. I was 15 feet away and the gate was open.

Prof. Mark Merchant testing alligator stimulus and response at McNeese State University March 2009.
Alligator at McNeese State University March 2009

In the next cage over, Mark scooped out a handful of baby alligators.

Prof. Mark Merchant with baby alligators at McNeese State University March 2009

I call the one on the right “Bitey” – he clamped down on my knuckle when I unwisely offered it to him.

Baby Alligators at McNeese State University March 2009