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University of Kansas/Sch of Pharm/Pharm Chem
Lawrence, Kansas
Commensurate with Experience
Closing date
Feb 5, 2023

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The Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at The University of Kansas (Lawrence) invites applications and nominations for two positions at the Assistant Professor level. The successful candidates should have established research interest in the design, chemistry, delivery, analysis, and pharmacokinetics of Advanced Drug Modalities, which include research areas in (a) Biopharmaceutics: vaccines, antibody-drug conjugates, antibody engineering, CRISPR, oligonucleotides, stabilized peptides, prodrugs; b) Advanced analytics and pharmaceutical simulations: analytical chemistry, PBPK modeling, artificial intelligence, machine learning (ML-based drug discovery and PBPK); and (c) Advanced manufacturing: solid state dosage forms, 3D printed materials and formulations. The successful candidates for the positions must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start date of the position.

           The Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry is one of four departments in the School of Pharmacy of The University of Kansas, with the others being Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Pharmacy Practice. 

           In addition to its involvement in the professional pharmacy program (Pharm.D.) within the School of Pharmacy, the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, which has currently 13 faculty, maintains active programs in research (approx. $4.0 million per year of external support) and graduate training (approx. 35 predoctoral students, 20 masters students, and 25 postdoctoral associates).  The Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry hosts the Vaccine Analysis and Formulation Center (VAFC), which specializes in the characterization, stabilization and formulation of vaccines and biopharmaceutical drug candidates. The general research areas emphasized in the Department include: physical pharmacy (with emphasis on the application of physical, physical organic and organic chemistry to pharmaceutical problems in solution, polymers and the solid state), cellular and molecular biopharmaceutics (with emphasis on the application of cell biology to pharmaceutical problems, including drug delivery and cellular drug compartmentalization), macromolecular pharmaceutics (with emphasis on the application of biophysical chemistry and nanotechnology to pharmaceutical problems), bioanalysis (with emphasis on the application of analytical chemistry to pharmaceutical problems), and vaccine design, delivery and formulation. The Department is also the home of the Globalization of Pharmaceutics Education Network (GPEN), a distance masters and PhD program, and has a strong commitment to Global Health education and research.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.  The successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start date of the position.

The Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry will be expected to have the following percentage of effort as 40%-Teaching / 40%-Research / 20%-Service in the following areas:

  • Teach at both the undergraduate level in the School of Pharmacy and the graduate level in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry in his/her area of expertise.
  • Establish a well-funded and productive research program in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students (M.S., Ph.D.) and postdoctoral associates in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
  • Develop into a leader and catalyst in his/her field of expertise for the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and the School of Pharmacy.
  • Participate in the Globalization of Pharmaceutical Education Network (GPEN)
  • Provide service at a local, state, national and international level.

Applicant Instructions:    To complete the online application process and for more information, go to  A complete application will include the following materials:  1) A letter of interest; 2) a Resume/CV; and 3) a list of 3 professional references.    In addition, because learning about each candidate’s engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application:

  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Review of applications will begin February 20, 2023 and will continue until the positions are filled.  Please send any inquiries about the position to Dr. Teruna Siahaan at 785-864-7327 ( or Dr. Christian Schöneich at 785-864-4880 (

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