Assistant Professor: Biochemistry

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Salary commensurate with experience.
Sep 17, 2020
Oct 17, 2020
Field of specialization
Job Type
Full time

The Department of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in Chemistry beginning August 1, 2021. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in biochemistry. Teaching experience is advantageous and postdoctoral research experience is strongly preferred. Teaching responsibilities will include biochemistry, proteins & nucleic acids, medicinal chemistry, a contribution to organic chemistry, and other courses in the bio- and health-related area of expertise. Additionally, the applicant will be expected to share the responsibilities in managing the biochemistry curriculum and biochemistry teaching laboratory. The successful applicant will be expected to establish a productive undergraduate research program, with collaborative possibilities within campus and in the community, including the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga. The successful candidate will be expected to help the department maintain research instrumentation. Preference will be given to candidates with ability to teach courses of interest to science students from across campus. Candidates should also be willing to engage in a variety of instructional modalities, including online instruction, and in assisting the UTC campus in its ability to reach additional goals as specified in UTC’s Strategic Plan. The Department of Chemistry and Physics at UTC comprises 14 (11 Chemistry and 3 Physics) tenure-line faculty members and is approved by the American Chemical Society. The department has approximately 200 majors, 60% are in the Biochemistry track, and is noted for excellence in undergraduate education and research, including a ten week summer research program (see The department is also seeking applications for other faculty and instructor positions.




Applicants must submit the application in a single PDF file electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site (




The PDF application file name must follow the format of “First name Last name Application” (eg, Jane Smith Application).


The application must include:


1) a letter of interest;


2) current curriculum vitae (at the last page, please include names, titles, and email addresses for three professional references for confidential letters of recommendation to be requested;


3) undergraduate transcript and graduate transcripts;


4) one-page statement of teaching philosophy;


5) a description of research interests (no more than 3 pages);


6) one-page statement of diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect.




Review of applicants will begin October 1st and will continue until the position is filled.




The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community. Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has developed a reputation for excellence built on an unusual blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education. For more than 83 years, the university was a private school. In 1969, UTC became part of the state university system. Today, UTC is on a journey to excellence - boldly embracing a passion for excellence in all things and focused on changing lives and transforming communities. The UTC commitment—each and every day—is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.




Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstate highways. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. Chattanooga also has the fastest internet in the country. Home to the first Gig Internet in the United States, Chattanooga has a 100% fiber network that links every home and business in a 600-square mile area. Companies like Unum, McKee, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coke and have chosen to set up shop in Chattanooga. Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the African American Museum, and the Appalachian Trail bring thousands of people to the area, as do events like the Riverbend Festival, Nightfall, Jazzanooga, the Creative Discovery Museum for Children, and the Southern Writers Conference. Chattanooga is the home to the seven-time NCAA Southern Conference Football Champions, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs.  People who love the outdoors use Chattanooga as a base for hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and caving expeditions; the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Tennessee River support the greatest variety of flora of any area in the United States. Chattanooga also has a long and rich past with regard to diversity, which includes Native American heritage, Civil War history, and the Civil Rights movement. Chattanooga is also just a two hour (or less) drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.




The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.