The 2015-16 Chemistry Faculty Movement List

August 31st, 2015

ed_academic_bigTwo major poaches were announced on Friday, so it’s a good time to start a poach list for the 2015-16 academic year. The first time I tried this was 2012-13, and See Arr Oh had one for 2014-15 and maintains one for 2015-16.

The criteria for inclusion on the list below will be: (i) a chemist or chemistry-rich scientist moving from one academic institution to another, (ii) with at least one of the institutions in the United States or Canada, and (iii) the move is announced between August 1st, 2015 and July 31st, 2016.

I’ll limit anything more than the basic facts to the comments section and keep the post itself uncluttered. Please share news of moves in the comments or e-mail me. Thanks!


Malika Jeffries-El (Iowa State to Boston University) – 8/28
John Rogers (Illinois to Northwestern) – 8/27


Last updated: 31 August 2015

46 Responses to “The 2015-16 Chemistry Faculty Movement List”

  1. Paul Bracher Says:

    Rogers is an incredibly huge score for Northwestern, investing $25 million dollars to entice Rogers three hours up I-57. Northwestern really helps cement its position among the elite grad schools in materials with this poach.

  2. Hap Says:

    It’s a reunion of ex-Whitesides postdocs (Rogers and Mrsich); it probably would have been a better reunion if Gryzbowski hadn’t wandered off to UNIST.

  3. Paul Bracher Says:

    @Hap: Also Weiss, another GMW postdoc.

  4. Bucky Badger Says:

    Mahesh Mahanthappa from UW-Madison to University of Minnesota
    Frank Keutsch from UW-Madison to Harvard University

  5. Hap Says:

    I didn’t realize, sorry. (Mrksich and Rogers were there when I was.)

  6. Hap Says:

    1) so was (now Professor) Grzybowski.

    2) Glad to see the Scott Walker Wisconsin Academic Recruiting Drive is paying dividends already. (sarcasm)

  7. Hap Says:

    WI did get someone from ETH, though, and I think the two WI losses were last (academic) year. Sorry.

  8. L Says:

    T. Odom is a former Whitesides postdoc.

  9. Bucky Badger Says:

    You are right, those two did leave before August 1st. They could be added to last year’s list. And yeah Hap, with Walkers vision for the UW, I’m surprised there haven’t been more fleeing already.

  10. Paul Bracher Says:

    Yep…I am going to keep this list as fresh as possible for reasons that will become apparent down the road. I’d like to know any new move as soon as it is a done deal.

  11. Hap Says:

    I can see that 1) there might be mutually beneficial alternatives to tenure (for schools and professors) and 2) you’ve got to start somewhere if you want to change academia, but this seems like a serious competitive disadvantage for UW unless it’s willing to pay its professors more. The problem for me is that Walker (or, if he’s elected President, his successors) want political control – political control + no tenure seems like a really bad situation for doing any research, because not liking research or its results won’t make the substance of the research go away, and the constant pressure is likely to impinge on unrelated research. I also don’t necessarily believe that he has the academic system’s best interests at heart, but I don’t know.

  12. Anon Says:

    Fraser Fleming (NSF PO and former Duquesne Prof) just moved to Drexel to become the chair, check out linkedin for verification.

  13. Stubbs Says:

    There is at least one more tenured faculty member set to leave UW in the near future.

  14. Anon Says:

    Interesting moves from NSF: Charles Pibel just moved from being a longtime program officer in the Chemical Structure Dynamics and Mechanisms division to an asst prof at a new college in Georgia: .

  15. The Iron Chemist Says:

    I know one of the WI losses, and Walker’s policies were indeed a strong contributing factor to the decision to leave.

  16. Theo Says:

    Vicki H. Grassian (University of Iowa) to UC San Diego Jan/2016

  17. ANONYMOUSE Says:

    “Yep…I am going to keep this list as fresh as possible for reasons that will become apparent down the road. I’d like to know any new move as soon as it is a done deal”.


  18. Anon Says:

    RE: Pibel, he and the former Dean there were from the same group at UPenn…

  19. Anonymous Says:

    A couple of theory/comp moves:

    Anne McCoy from Ohio State University to University of Washington.

    Angela Wilson from University of North Texas to Michigan State University.

  20. Prospective Grad Says:

    Does anyone have any more information on this rumored potential Guangbin Dong to Chicago move? I’m in the process of applying to Texas literally solely for the chance to work in his group. This apparent move changes up my plans a good bit. Would appreciate some more information.

  21. Anon Says:

    I am a faculty member who heard that Guangbin is indeed moving. Email and ask him if you are an interested student!

  22. Prospetive Grad Says:

    Will do. Obviously I’ve never been in this situation before, and I’m not sure how much anybody involved is allowed to share. Quite nervous about this; will likely have to ask letter writers who have already written letters to tack on Chicago to the list.

  23. TTX Says:

    Organic @ Chicago is growing big, and they are still hiring this year.

  24. Prospetive Grad Says:

    I do know from inside authority that they’ve been trying to actively grow the organic division, especially synthetic organic, since they lost a lot when Mrksich, and more recently, Yamamoto, left. Seems to be a lot of focus on chemical biology as well though, given last year’s hires of Dickinson, Moellering, and Krishnan.

    Also, my understanding by all accounts is that John Anderson is basically meant to fill the hole that Hillhouse left. Heck, apparently, he’s supposed to get Hillhouse’s old lab space.

  25. bionorganiker Says:

    A new one from the bioinorganic side: Michael Green – Penn State to UC Irvine. Seen in the Dept. Chair’s note of Sept 28 on

  26. Anon Says:

    Will Dichtel, Cornell to Northwestern

  27. Anonymous Says:

    Amazing! It feels like half of the Chemistry Department at Northwestern are doing MOFs and COFs.

  28. Anon Says:

    John Stanton from UT Austin to Florida (January, 2017):

  29. Anonymous Says:

    Nick Stadie (ETH Postdoc) to Montana State (January 2017)

  30. Anon Says:

    Stadie Confirmation

  31. AnalChem Says:

    Analytical chemists on the move! Steve Soper (UNC to Kansas). Ryan Bailey (UIUC to UMich).

  32. Canadian Chemist Says:

    Song Lin to Cornell:

  33. Anonymous Says:

    Jerome Robinson & Brenda Rubenstein to Brown.

  34. Hap Says:

    When did Snyder go to Chicago? (

    I didn’t think Scripps FL would be a good idea, but I didn’t think it would be that bad.

  35. Prospective Grad Says:

    The move was announced sometime around June 2015 or so. He moved along with a promotion to full Professor.

    Scripps FL sounds like it’s been bad for just about everyone involved, huh?

  36. Hap Says:

    Sorry, I didn’t realize I was that asleep.

    Other than Carroll (and Roush, when he retired?) it doesn’t seem like anyone remotely big has stuck there. No tenure and paying your own salary in grants didn’t seem like a desirable situation to me, and I guess we have some experimental verification for that hypothesis.

  37. ScrippsGrad Says:

    The subject of Scott Snyder moving was discussed a while ago at a different chemistry blog, including people’s speculations as to why he decided to leave. There are well-established faculty members at Scripps Fl on top of Carroll and Roush, such as Ben Shen, Matt Disney and Periana to name a few. I am affiliated with Scripps, and I’d say that for this hiring cycle, we still attract very good to top candidates for both the junior and senior level hires.

  38. Anonymous Says:

    Song Lin is a very nice replacement for Cornell’s recent departures: having a Ph.D from the Jacobsen Group at Harvard and making big waves with his recent Covalent Organic Framework Science paper with the Yaghi Group at Berkeley.

  39. Canadian Chemist Says:

    Christina Woo to Harvard
    Julia Kalow to Northwestern:

  40. Anonymous Says:

    @Canadian Chemist

    Is the Harvard hire confirmed? Did you hear this from the grapevine or a source close to the situation?

  41. Anon Says:

    Woo is definitely going to Harvard.

  42. Anon Says:

    ScrippsGrad: the issue that I’ve heard about Scripps is that faculty salaries are 100% soft money. If true, one would have to be absolutely insane to go there. Want to default on your 30 year mortgage because you can’t get that 4th NIH grant?

  43. Harvardpostdoc Says:

    I can also confirm the Woo hire. Our chair emailed the department a few days ago.

  44. Chemjobber Says:

    Hey, everyone:

    Feel free to record faculty hires in the comments at SeeArrOh’s Chemistry Bumper Cars post:

    Best wishes, Chemjobber

  45. See Arr Oh Says:

    Bonus for 2016 post – If you have a faculty-to-industry move, I’m especially interested. Those seem to be on the rise.

  46. Will Says:

    MIT chemistry website has recently announced that Alex Radosevich from Penn State is joining MIT.

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