Assistant/Associate Professor in Medicinal/Pharmaceutical Chemistry

South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Feb 02, 2021
Apr 03, 2021
Med chem
Job Type
Full time

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is offering an exciting opportunity to join the growing academic and research program in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences  as a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Medicinal Chemistry. This position is a 9-month, full-time, benefit eligible, tenure-track faculty appointment with a competitive start-up package.  Faculty rank and salary package will be commensurate with qualifications and policy.  This position is supervised by the department head of Pharmaceutical Sciences.  

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to teaching medicinal/pharmaceutical chemistry and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations and can contribute to the growing research program in cancer, neuropharmacology, cardiovascular, infectious disease,  genomics, and drug delivery.  Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


  • The successful candidate is expected to teach Medicinal Chemistry in his/her area of training and expertise to students in the professional (Doctor of Pharmacy) and graduate (Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences) programs.


  • The successful candidate is expected to maintain active independent research in medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, or related areas. 
  • The candidate is expected to establish and maintain an active extramurally funded research program. 


  • The candidate is expected to serve as an advisor and supervise the research of graduate students, undergraduate students, and post-doctoral research associates.


  • The candidate is expected to serve on various committees as assigned.


  • Earned Ph.D. degree in Medicinal Chemistry/Pharmaceutical Chemistry/Bioorganic Chemistry/Chemical Biology or a closely related area. 
  • Research expertise in Medicinal Chemistry/Pharmaceutical Chemistry/Bioorganic Chemistry/Chemical Biology or a closely related area. 
  • Effective written communication skills.
  • Effective verbal communication and interpersonal skills. 


  • Research experience in drug design, drug/organic synthesis, purification, and identification of compounds or a closely related area.
  • Research that complements the department’s research areas.
  • Teaching experience in medicinal/pharmaceutical chemistry or a closely related area.
  • Potential to develop and maintain an externally funded research program.
  • Potential for research and scholarship in the form of grants, peer-reviewed publications, and presentations.
  • Involvement in scientific and professional organizations.


The College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions has three departments: Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy Practice, and Population and Allied Health. With 50 faculty, the College serves approximately 700 students enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program, the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program, and an A.S. and B.S. in Respiratory Care program. The College also provides administrative support and leadership for the University’s Master of Public Health program. The College has a strong reputation for high-quality pharmacy and MLS education in the region and around the country. The pharmacy program has consistently maintained a high pass-rate (97-100%) in the national pharmacy licensure exam. Since becoming NAACLS accredited in 2010, the MLS program has maintained a 98% pass rate on the ASCP Board exam. The College has a growing Ph.D. program, having graduated 40 students over the last 13 years. The Ph.D. graduates are well-placed in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and regulatory agencies in the U.S. and other countries.

With a strong alumni base, the College has received multiple endowments from generous donors. The Department has several issued patents that are licensed to start-up companies. The Department has collaborations with clinician-scientists and biomedical researchers at Sanford Research and Avera Cancer Research Institute in Sioux Falls, SD. 

The ‘home’ of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is the State-of-the-Art Avera Health and Science Center, providing 97,000 square-feet of teaching laboratory, classroom, and office space, as well as 48,600 square-feet of research laboratory space. The Department is well-equipped with the start of the art instrumentation for pharmaceutical and biomedical research. The University has core-facilities in mass spectrometry, NMR, and genomics, and a centralized animal facility for small and large animal research. The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences has 10 faculty members including two endowed faculty positions. The Department’s research efforts are focused on cancer, neuropharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, cell signaling, genomics, drug/vaccine delivery, and nanotechnology.  Additional details about the Department can be found in the following link: Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences | South Dakota State University (

To apply for the position visit:  The system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of:

1) a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; 

2)  Curriculum Vitae;

3)  statement of research and a statement of teaching philosophy attached as “other”; and 

4)  a reference page with contact information for three professional references.

Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by March 31, 2021.

For questions about the position, contact Dr. Joshua Reineke (; 605-688-4241) or Dr. Om Perumal (; 605-688-4745).

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students.  Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007.  Phone:  (605) 688-4128.

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