Organic Chemistry Instructor, Department of Chemistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama
Salary is commensurate with years of training and experience
Dec 04, 2017
Feb 02, 2018
Field of specialization
Education, Organic
Job Type
Full time

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) seeks candidates for the position of Instructor in the Organic Chemistry sequence. The successful applicant will assist in the Organic Chemistry curriculum and coordinate the operation of the undergraduate laboratories in the department.  UAB is a comprehensive Tier 1 research university with more than 2,000 full-time faculty and 20,000 students as of Fall 2017.  UAB is ranked 10th among public universities in the US in terms of NIH grant support.  The Department of Chemistry is home to the Central Alabama High Field NMR Facility. UAB also has outstanding core facilities in molecular sciences (including EM, MS, and X-ray), engineering, nanoscience, imaging, informatics, as well as translational and clinical research.  The Department of Chemistry offers B.S. (ACS-Certified), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, and has major research interests in drug discovery, structural biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, computational chemistry, nanoscience, and polymer/advanced materials.  The Department currently has 16 faculty members, more than 300 undergraduate majors, 40 PhD students, and provides extensive teaching service to the University at large. 

This position is a 9-month, full-time, non-tenure earning, career-track appointment.  Summer employment is possible through additional teaching assignments. The position is renewable annually subject to performance and funding availability.  Duties include:

  • Teaching at least one lecture section of organic chemistry per semester.
  • Coordinating the administrative operation of the undergraduate organic chemistry laboratories in the department, including the main service courses, as well as the courses serving the Honors College students and chemistry majors.  These courses serve more than 500 students per semester. 
  • Laboratory instruction, including lab and safety lectures, development of laboratory instructional manuals, assessment of laboratory skills, and assignment of grades.
  • Training, scheduling, and supervision of teaching assistants. 
  • Operation, inventory, and maintenance of laboratory equipment and supplies. 
  • Collaboration with chemical education faculty in curricular development. 

A Ph.D. in Chemistry or closely related area is required. The successful candidate must have experience with organic chemistry instruction. Additional teaching experience, or experience in curricular development, is highly desirable and recommended.  Qualified applicants should send the following application materials: 1) a cover letter summarizing qualifications and explaining interest in the position, 2) a detailed curriculum vitae, 3) a statement on teaching experience and philosophy, and 4) arrange to have a minimum of three letters of reference sent in support of their application.  The anticipated start date is Fall, 2018, pending budgetary and administrative approval.  Salary is commensurate with years of training and experience.

Application materials must be submitted to Chair, Organic Chemistry Search Committee, through  Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.