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Faculty Position at UAB - Teaching Instructor or Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama
Salary and rank are commensurate with years of training and experience
Closing date
Nov 15, 2022

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Field of specialization
Education, Organic
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Job Details

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) seeks candidates for a full-time, non-tenure-track position at the anticipated rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor.  The successful applicant will teach in the organic chemistry curriculum and coordinate the operation of the undergraduate organic laboratories in the Department. 

We seek applicants who demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence in organic chemistry.  Candidates with demonstrated teaching expertise in large classroom environments are especially encouraged to apply.  Non-tenure-track teaching positions in our Department are eligible for promotion and provide substantial opportunities for professional growth and long-term contributions to education at UAB.  Faculty in these positions frequently collaborate with multiple units across campus including Nursing, Mathematics, and Biology.   The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) treasures the rich diversity of our student body and is committed to their success.  Members of the CAS community are expected to reflect our values for inclusive excellence in both our work and learning environment as well as in our efforts to serve and engage the community.

This position is a 9-month, full-time, non-tenure earning, career-track appointment.  Duties include:

  • Teaching at least one lecture section of organic chemistry per semester.
  • Coordinating the administrative operation of the undergraduate organic chemistry laboratories in the department, including the main service courses, as well as the courses serving the Honors College students and chemistry majors.  These courses serve more than 500 students per semester. 
  • Laboratory instruction, including lab and safety lectures, development of laboratory instructional manuals, assessment of laboratory skills, and assignment of grades. Training, scheduling, and supervision of teaching assistants. 
  • Operation, inventory, and maintenance of laboratory equipment and supplies. 
  • Collaboration with chemical education faculty in curricular development. 

UAB is a comprehensive Tier 1 research university and medical center with more than 22,000 students.  UAB is ranked in the top 20 among public universities in the US in terms of federal research funding and is the major teaching-research university in Alabama. UAB offers exceptional undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs that prepare students to be the preeminent scholars and societal leaders of the future. UAB ranks in the top ten nationally for student diversity. UAB is ranked as the top young university in the US and the no. 12 young university worldwide in The Times (UK) Higher Education rankings.  Spanning more than 100 city blocks, UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest single employer with 23,000 employees and has an annual state-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion.

UAB has outstanding core facilities in the molecular sciences (including EM, MS, and X-ray), engineering, nanoscience, imaging (both preclinical and clinical), informatics, as well as translational and clinical research.  The Department of Chemistry is home to the Central Alabama High Field NMR Facility. The UAB Cyclotron Facility is housed in the School of Medicine and produces radiopharmaceuticals and radioisotopes for medical imaging and other studies. Research space and equipment is available for radiochemistry work.  UAB houses a state-of-the-art small animal PET/CT imaging facility for translational research.

The UAB Chemistry Department offers B.S. (ACS-Approved), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, and has major research interests in drug discovery, structural biochemistry, bioinorganic and biophysical chemistry, nanoscience, and polymer/advanced materials.  UAB is dedicating significant resources towards its science infrastructure in the next few years, with Phase I of a new Science and Engineering Complex (S&EC) opening in 2023. Phase I of the S&EC includes newly designed organic chemistry teaching laboratories.  A future phase of the S&EC will include a new wing that will house the remainder of the Chemistry Department.

Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or a closely related discipline.  It is anticipated that the position will be hired at Instructor level but appointment at the Assistant Professor level will be considered based on substantial prior classroom-management experience in a university setting. Qualified applicants should upload the following application materials: 1) a cover letter indicating their interest, 2) a detailed curriculum vita, 3) a statement on their teaching experience and philosophy, and 4) arrange to have a minimum of three letters of reference sent in support of their application.  The anticipated start date is Fall 2022, pending budgetary and administrative approval.  Salary and rank are commensurate with years of training and experience.

Application materials may be submitted to Chair, Organic Instructor Search Committee, at 

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. 

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.


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