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Assistant Professor, Medicinal Chemistry

Employer
University of Connecticut
Location
Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut
Salary
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 20, 2022

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Field of specialization
Medicinal / Clinical
Work Function
Teaching-Undergraduate
Job Type
Full time
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INTRODUCTION

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is pleased to invite applications for a faculty position in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) with a focus on Medicinal Chemistry. The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (http://pharmacy.uconn.edu/academics/pharmaceutical-science/) is housed in a 200,000 square foot state-of-the-art building in the science quad at UConn and has a long history of academic drug discovery and development. Departmental faculty include an industry distinguished endowed chair in pharmaceutical technology and two Board of Trustees Professors (https://provost.uconn.edu/events-and-recognition/awards/). Nationally, Departmental faculty serve as chairs of NIH study sections, as journal editors and society presidents, and have received prestigious awards for research, teaching, and service. Faculty expertise encompasses medicinal chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology, and pharmaceutics and the Department supports the research and teaching mission of the UConn School of Pharmacy.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding, high-quality publications, impact as measured through citations, and national recognition. The successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate, professional Pharm.D., and graduate levels, innovative courses and instruction methods, and mentoring of students in research, outreach, and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the commitment to, and support of, diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests. 

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree in medicinal chemistry, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field from an accredited institution. The candidate is expected to continue, or show clear potential for, developing a strong, extramurally funded research program within the broad area of medicinal chemistry. The candidate should have the expertise to teach in both the graduate curriculum of the Medicinal Chemistry program and in the PharmD curriculum. The position requires excellent written and oral communication skills. The successful candidate will have a deep commitment to promoting diversity through their academic and research programs.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preferred areas of research focus include drug discovery and development (small molecule, macromolecule, or natural products) and structural biology. At least one year of postdoctoral experience in an academic, industrial, or similar position is recommended. Candidates with demonstrated scholarly productivity are preferred. With a renewed emphasis on a multidisciplinary approach to research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department, the ability to establish research collaborations with other faculty members in the Department is highly desired. Candidates with strong interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to work in a team environment are preferred. Candidates with a commitment to effective teaching, through novel teaching methods and integrating technology into instruction, are recommended. Preferred candidates should have the ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2022. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved. 

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

TO APPLY

Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/20795 and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.);
  • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.);
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
  • Sample journal articles or books;
  • Names and contact information for three references.

Evaluation of applicants will begin on February 15, 2022. For more information regarding the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences please visit the Department website at https://pharmacy.uconn.edu/department-of-pharmaceutical-sciences/.

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This job will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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