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Dean - College of Chemistry

Position overview

Position title: Dean, College of Chemistry
Salary range: The posted University of California Deans’ Salary Bands ( set the pay ranges for deans. The
College of Chemistry dean position is included in Band 2: $239,600-$611,100.
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024
Review timeline: Screening of complete applications will begin immediately. For best consideration, please submit materials by March 8, 2024.

Application Window

Open date: January 8, 2024

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Mar 20, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California, Berkeley College of Chemistry, ranked among the very top in the world in its fields of study, seeks a dynamic leader and accomplished scholar to serve as the next Dean of the College of Chemistry.

The University of California was founded in 1868. Today, Berkeley is one of the leading universities in the world — a center of innovation and destination for thought leaders in all areas of human achievement — where serious thought and lively conversation spill out of classrooms into outdoor cafes and every corner of campus. A public, R1 doctoral university, in the Association of American Universities (AAU), UC Berkeley is home to more than 33,000 undergraduates and more than 12,000 graduate students. The University is internationally renowned for excellence and pioneering achievements across all disciplines. At the heart of its preeminence are approximately 1,500 ladder-rank faculty across 15 schools and colleges.

Now over 150 years old, Chemistry at UC Berkeley has been part of the University since its founding. The College of Chemistry has been recognized for discovering 16 new elements, changing the periodic table. College faculty and alumni have been awarded 18 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and nine Wolf Prizes in Chemistry and Medicine, in addition to 39 National Academy of Sciences awards, and an ever-growing list of major awards and honors across the College of Chemistry. Notably, the 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Carolyn Bertozzi, an alumna and former Professor of Chemistry, who did her Nobel-winning work at UC Berkeley. The College of Chemistry is comprised of two departments: the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE).

The Dean serves as the chief academic officer and executive officer of the College of Chemistry. The Dean reports directly to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP) and has 10 direct reports, including the undergraduate dean, one executive associate dean, one associate dean, three senior assistant deans, two department chairs, and two staff. The Dean will articulate and execute a strategic vision for the future of the College of Chemistry. They will be a clear and open communicator who actively listens, models how to participate in UC Berkeley’s tradition of shared governance, and leads the College through change. The Dean will also cultivate financial resources to sustain and further the College’s excellence, embracing existing community and industry partnerships, while seeking out and establishing new revenue sources and partnerships for program support, infrastructure improvements, academic exploration, and future development needs. Critically, they will sustain and enhance the College’s academic reputation by ensuring that its resources, capacity, and academic needs are prioritized. The Dean will be a visible and engaged leader of the College, supporting all faculty, staff, and students in the community, and reducing barriers to success. Finally, the Dean will embody, support, and enhance the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. They will uphold UC Berkeley’s commitment to providing fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all.

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The successful candidate will have a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and professional activity appropriate for a tenured faculty appointment at the level of full professor at UC Berkeley. To be considered as candidates, applicants must have a doctoral degree or equivalent international degree at the time of application and submit a CV, preferably with a detailed letter of interest that responds to the agenda for leadership and the desired attributes for the new dean.
Please send nominations, inquiries, and application materials electronically to Applicants must also apply directly at: For fullest consideration, materials should be received by Friday, March 8, 2024

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This position is a sensitive position and is subject to a criminal background check. Questions may be referred to Dana Jantz at 510-642-1963 or


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have earned a doctoral degree or an equivalent international degree by the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

A distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and professional activity appropriate for a tenured faculty appointment at the level of full professor at UC Berkeley.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Letter of Interest - A detailed letter of interest that responds to the agenda for leadership and the desired attributes for the new dean.

  • Other Document (Optional)

  • Other Document (Optional)

  • Other Document (Optional)

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About UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Berkeley, CA