Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry - 13139BR

Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Medicinal Chemistry
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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Position Overview

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry located within the School of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas seeks exceptional candidates for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level to commence by August 2019.

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate excellence in research, teaching and service and will contribute to the Department’s expertise by having a background in medicinal chemistry, chemical biology or a closely related field. The candidate should have a strong record of basic research interfacing chemistry and biology and a commitment to graduate and undergraduate education in the field. The department is especially interested in candidates that have a developed research plan for externally sponsored research in a field that complements current research activities at the University (

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in the field. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. or D.Sc. in medicinal chemistry, chemical biology or a closely related field by the start date of the appointment.

KU is a Research 1 institution, the flagship University of the Kansas system, and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). It is located in Lawrence, a thriving and progressive community 35 miles west of Kansas City. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

Job Description

40% - Initiate, organize, direct and maintain a vigorous program of research in medicinal chemistry or chemical biology (broadly defined) leading to external grant support and research publications in leading peer reviewed journals.

​40% - Teach and mentor graduate and professional students in the School of Pharmacy.

​20% - Participate collegially in the regular academic and service activities of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and the School of Pharmacy.

Collegiality - All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry, chemical biology or a closely related field. Closely related research-based degrees such as D.Sc. are also acceptable.
  2. Demonstrated potential for high quality, basic research at the interface of chemistry and biology as evidenced by publications and application materials.
  3. Demonstrated potential for effective teaching at the graduate, undergraduate and/or professional levels as evidenced by application materials.
  4. Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, administrators, students and other research personnel as demonstrated by application materials and interview.

Preferred Qualifications

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete online application includes the following materials: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae (including record of external funding), a detailed Research Statement of current and future research interests, a brief description of teaching interests within the department’s overall teaching program (, and the names and contact information for three professional references. References will be contacted by the search committee for candidates selected for interviewed.

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution to and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  1. Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
  2. In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.
Review of applications will begin on December 5, 2018 and continue as needed to ensure a large, high quality, and diverse applicant pool. Priority will be given to applications received by the initial review date.

Contact Information to Applicants

Cheryl Holcomb

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with experience.

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