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Assistant Professor in Organic/Medicinal Chemistry with Cancer Research Focus

The University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont
Competitive salary and excellent benefits.
Closing date
Nov 1, 2022

The University of Vermont’s Department of Chemistry in The College of Arts & Sciences invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting in the fall semester of 2023. We seek a creative chemist with expertise in Organic Chemistry and/or Medicinal Chemistry to undertake an outstanding program of research with a focus on cancer leading to peer-reviewed scholarly publications and extramural funding for that research.

Applicants will be expected to teach, advise, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students. A Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in chemistry, medicinal chemistry or a related field are expected.

Our department has an active Ph.D. program and research faculty engaged in a range of interdisciplinary activities. UVM recently completed the construction of a $104 million STEM complex, and the department occupies modern teaching and research facilities in this complex. The department has a full complement of state-of -the-art instrumentation and hosts the Agilent Laboratory for Chemical Analysis. UVM campus is also home to the Larner College of Medicine, which includes the Vermont Cancer Center Collaborative research across the UVM colleges is common.

Candidates must apply online at To receive full consideration, applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, proposed research plans, and contact information for three references who will be invited to submit letters of recommendation. Pending budget approval, review of applications will begin on October 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Address questions to Professor José Madalengoitia (

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women, veterans and individuals with disabilities, and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

The successful candidate should:
Hold a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or Medicinal Chemistry or in a related discipline;
Show promise toward developing a competitively funded research program;
Have the capacity to teach undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from entry level organic chemistry to an area of the candidate’s expertise;
Be able to successfully mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate master’s and doctoral students, in addition to professional contributions and service.

The successful candidate will assume a range of responsibilities that include:


  • Maintaining an active research agenda, securing external funding, and publishing in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Teaching and advising in the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • Collaborating with Department of Chemistry faculty and staff and members of the Vermont Cancer Center in governance, program development, scholarship, and service;
  • Serving as an active member of relevant scholarly societies and/or professional associations; Engaging in service and outreach activities at the college, university, regional, state, national and international levels.

For more detailed information about us, visit our web pages at the Department of Chemistry’s website,; the College of Arts & Sciences’ website,; the Vermont Cancer Center’s website and the University of Vermont’s website,

Anticipated start date is August, 2023. Please apply online at Applicants are asked to include:

  • a cover letter that includes a statement describing how the applicant will contribute to meeting the university’s inclusive excellence goal (
  • a curriculum vitae (CV)
  • proposed research plans
  • a teaching statement describing approach, philosophy and interests
  • contact information for three professional references. The reference providers will be emailed information to upload their letters

This position is pending budget approval. 

The University
Established in 1791, the University of Vermont is considered a public-ivy and consistently ranked as one of the top public universities in the United States. Our academic programs combine faculty-student relationships most commonly found in a small liberal arts college with the resources of a land-grant research institution. UVM’s tradition of equity and social justice extends not only to faculty, staff, and students, but also is reflected in a commitment to environmentally sound and sustainable practices. A commitment to diversity fosters our educational mission. For our students, it prepares them for life and work ahead: it recognizes that we are a culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse nation, one that is also situated in an increasingly global environment. For our faculty, scholarship and research are increasingly cooperative activities-often crossing national borders-requiring the abilities and skills to work with others often from very different backgrounds. For both our students and faculty, diversity enhances our curriculum, enriches the classroom experience, and fosters the exchange of ideas. As our society, economy, politics, and global interactions become increasingly diverse, so too must our intellectual community of students, faculty, and staff.

The Community
UVM is located in Burlington, Vermont, which is rated as one of the best small cities in the country. The greater Burlington area has an increasingly diverse population of about 125,000 and enjoys a panoramic setting on the shore of Lake Champlain, between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. The surrounding area provides an environment rich in cultural, civic and recreational activities. Vermont has a deep history of social activism and political participation. It offers many opportunities for collaborative partnerships in community and state-wide human service and social change organizations in multiple fields of practice, including state agencies.

Establishing a diverse and inclusive culture is a priority at the University of Vermont. In fact, UVM holds that diversity and academic excellence are inseparable. Read UVM’s Why Diversity Statement and Our Common Ground values. The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.

UVM is especially interested in scholars who can contribute to the College of Arts and Sciences diversity plan, which was designed in part to ensure faculty, students, and staff members from underrepresented and marginalized populations are an integral part of the life and governance of the institution. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.

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