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Assistant Professor (Chemical Biology) - College of Sciences, Department of Chemistry

University of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
Closing date
Oct 27, 2022

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Field of specialization
Biochemical, Biological
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Full time

Assistant Professor-Chemical Biology

The University of Texas at San Antonio, College of Sciences, Department of Chemistry


The Department of Chemistry at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), along with the College of Sciences, is seeking applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Chemical Biology with a start date of August 2023. The Department invites applicants wishing to establish an internationally recognized and externally funded research program at the interface of chemistry and biology that complements and synergizes with existing departmental strengths in biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, enzymology, organic chemistry, and drug discovery. We are particularly interested in applicants dedicated to using chemistry to study the underlying biological mechanisms and pathways associated with human disease including cancer, infectious diseases, and neurological disorders. The position offers a generous startup package, a supportive research environment, and the potential for additional recruitment funds from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). The successful candidate must have a commitment to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of a diverse student population and be committed to advancing the University’s mission as an R1, urban-serving, Hispanic thriving institution deeply committed to student success and academic excellence including growing doctoral education.


The new faculty member will be joining a department that has rapidly transformed into one of the premier chemistry programs in the state of Texas during the past decade with internationally renowned faculty and transdisciplinary scholars who are committed to defining the frontiers of the chemical sciences. Our faculty also enjoy fruitful collaborations with colleagues at our partnering institutions here in San Antonio including UT Health San Antonio (UTHSA), Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), and Texas Biomedical Research Institute (TBRI). In addition, UTSA’s recent classification as a Carnegie R1 institution places it among the top 4% of research institutions in the nation which will continue to catalyze efforts to recruit world-class faculty and attract the most talented students to campus in the foreseeable future. Toward this goal, the Department of Chemistry has developed an aggressive strategic growth plan to hire multiple new faculty during the next 5 years commensurate with the growth of the university. This will be a collaborative effort with the College of Sciences (COS) with a focus on innovation and excellence through research in the laboratory and classroom. Both the Department and COS are dedicated to producing the next generation of forward-thinking, highly trained professionals and leaders by providing an inclusive environment that ensures that all students receive the encouragement, assistance, and superior educational experience that they will need to succeed in the chemical sciences.


The Department of Chemistry ( resides on UTSA’s Main Campus, located just a few miles northwest of beautiful and historic downtown San Antonio. The City of San Antonio, already the seventh-largest city by population in the United States, expects to add 1.1 million residents over the next 25 years, making it one of the fastest-growing large cities in the nation. UTSA is one of thirteen institutions within the larger University of Texas System, the second largest public university system in the United States. In 2017, UTSA President Taylor Eighmy launched a Strategic Plan and Campus Master Plan that commits the university to ten-year growth targets of 45,000 students and 2,000 faculty. In 2022, UTSA was named by Forbes as one of the top 5 employers to work for in the state of Texas. Within this dynamic urban and academic setting, the new faculty member will help further establish the Department of Chemistry as a leader in educating and training the next generation of chemical scientists.


Required Qualifications – Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry/Chemical Biology or related field at the time of application with a strong track record of vigorous research accomplishments, publications, and possess the ability to teach classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Preferred Qualifications – At least one year of post-doctoral training is preferred. Applicants with significant demonstrated expertise in Chemical Biology during their Ph.D. dissertation work and/or post-doctoral training as documented by peer-reviewed publications and career-level appropriate funding are also preferred.


Applicant Instructions – Interested applicants should include a cover letter expressing interest in the position along with a detailed curriculum vitae (including all academic and professional experiences, listing of publications, and accomplishments) and contact information for at least three (3) professional references. Applicants are also required to provide a statement of planned research (5-page limit) and a teaching statement (1-page limit) where both documents must include an intertwined discussion on the role that diversity and inclusion play in an academic environment. Review of completed applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, with priority being given to applicants who submit completed packets by November 1, 2022. Applications received after that date will be reviewed until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants must be able to show proof that they are eligible and qualified to work in the United States by the time of hire.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, it is the policy of The University of Texas at San Antonio to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetic information, and veteran status. The University is committed to the Affirmative Action Program in compliance with all government requirements to ensure nondiscrimination. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. UTSA campuses are accessible to persons with disabilities.


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