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Assistant Professor in Chemistry

University of Kentucky, Department of Chemistry
Lexington, Kentucky
We offer a competitive salary and benefits.
Closing date
Oct 26, 2021
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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky ( is seeking candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to start Fall 2022.  We encourage candidates with research interests in the area of Computational Chemistry related to biological systems and with the ability to take advantage of collaborative opportunities in the Department and on-campus. We further encourage applicants with capability to teach Physical Chemistry at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field and postdoctoral experience (minimum of six months) is required. 

Applicants should apply online at: Applicants should include the following material: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) Research Prospectus which includes an estimate of startup budget and a brief description of how the candidate will build on existing strengths in biological chemistry (upload under Specific Request 1), 3) Statement of Teaching Experience and Philosophy (upload under Specific Request 2), and 4) a statement on inclusivity (upload under Specific Request 3). As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all.  In one to two pages, applicants should reflect on their commitments, approaches, and insights related to inclusion, diversity, and equity.  In addition, please provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information will be utilized to solicit recommendation letters within the employment system.

Questions about this search should be addressed to Mark Lovell, Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky (

Deadline to apply is October 15, 2021. 

The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, African Americans, and all minorities.


About the University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky, a comprehensive Research I University with a large Medical Center, is located in Lexington, Kentucky in the heart of the Bluegrass Region. Lexington is one of the three major population centers in the area (Cincinnati and Louisville are each within 75 miles) and has an increasingly diverse population. Over the last several years, the College of Arts and Sciences has placed the issue of diversity and equity at the forefront of its agenda. The College community has defined diversity widely, pressing for greater exposure and understanding of differences in race, ethnicity, gender, geography, sexual orientation, religion and creed, and physical ability. Similarly, the College emphasizes research and collaborative partnerships within diverse settings as well as preparing students to work in and with diverse populations and communities. Student enrollment at the University of Kentucky exceeds 27,000 with a total faculty of about 1,900. The Department of Chemistry currently has 27 faculty members and offers B.S., B.A., M.S., and Ph. D. degree programs and has extensive research programs in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. In addition, many of our faculty have active collaborations with colleagues in other departments and colleges, including the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, Agriculture, the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and the Center for Applied Energy Research. Job Description We expect to make two appointments at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Biological Chemistry with a starting date of August 2010. Applications at the Associate or Full Professor level may be considered in exceptional cases. We are seeking candidates who will develop a strong, nationally and internationally recognized interdisciplinary research program that combines Biological Chemistry with other areas of research. Preference will be given to candidates with a research emphasis on biofuels/renewable energy, synthetic organic or inorganic chemistry related to biological phenomena, environmental chemistry or other areas that complement existing departmental strengths. Successful candidates should be dedicated to excellence in teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. These positions were created through the Research Challenge Trust Fund (“Bucks for Brains”), an outcome of the 1997 Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act. The RCTF program provides a strategic investment in the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Kentucky’s six regional universities. The RCTF program is administered by the Council on Postsecondary Education and is designed to advance the economic success of Kentucky and its citizens through education and research. RCTF funds provide Kentucky’s universities support for ongoing efforts to attract and retain faculty and researchers. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level should send a complete application consisting of a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a description of proposed research and a brief prospectus outlining teaching interests to Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level should also arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent.
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