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Assistant Professor in Medicinal/Computational Chemistry (Tenure-Track)

Butler University - College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Indianapolis, Indiana
The salary is fully supported by the university on a year-round (12-month) basis.
Closing date
Feb 19, 2023

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The Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences seeks a collegial, dynamic faculty member to provide innovative teaching and conduct productive research in a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.  The department research focuses on bioinformatics, intrinsically disordered proteins, pharmacology, cancer, molecular structure and function of receptors, RNA biology, nanotechnology, and drug delivery. (

 Butler is a vibrant university located in an affordable and growing and innovative biosciences technological metropolitan area.  Butler is committed to providing a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and students and seeks applicants who will engage in and contribute to those values. 


  • A doctoral degree, specializing in medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry, drug design with an emphasis on biologically active compounds, or a related field. 
  • Active engagement in research broadly related to medicinal chemistry: areas of current emphasis include cheminformatics, computational chemistry, drug discovery, and synthetic chemistry incorporating big data.
  • Candidates in the early stages of postdoctoral research are encouraged to apply, even if their primary findings are not yet published.
  • Ideally, candidates would have teaching experience and a desire to use innovative teaching methods to educate pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. 

Job Description: 

  • The main teaching responsibilities of the hired applicant will be teaching medicinal chemistry lectures, focusing on structure activity relationships of drug classes, and group learning sessions in the Doctor of Pharmacy program, in a four course series titled “Principles of Drug Action”, which integrates medicinal chemistry and pharmacology.  The hired applicant will also teach courses for M.S. programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences and/or Data Analytics.
  • The hired applicant will be expected to provide innovative and varied learning experiences. The Butler Center for Academic Technology (CAT) ( ) supports learning by working with faculty to promote thoughtful and effective use of academic technology and instructional approaches.   
  • The hired applicant will engage students in the Doctor of Pharmacy, M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and M.S. in Data Analytics degree programs in research experiences.   
  • The hired applicant will be provided startup funds for research and is expected to seek extramural research funding and conduct innovative research in a collaborative fashion that integrates the chemical and life sciences. We are particularly interested in candidates who bridge chemical and biological information using large, diverse datasets.
  • The salary is fully supported by the university on a year-round (12-month) basis.
  • Starting date is flexible.

There are unique opportunities for interactions and collaborations between basic scientists and clinical pharmacists at Butler University. In a 5,000 square foot state-of-the-art collaborative laboratory, current faculty engage in NIH and NSF-funded research involving bioinformatics, precision medicine, drug discovery, and data analytics. Computational researchers also have ample access to multiple supercomputers on campus. Furthermore, there are opportunities to develop collaborations in Indianapolis with institutes and companies within the 16Tech innovation district (, an initiative that brings together technology and biosciences in areas that link big data to molecular mechanisms.

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers a diverse set of programs leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, and Bachelor of Science in Healthcare and Business degrees. Butler University offers personalized liberal and professional education to students in its six colleges (Business, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Communication, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Education, and the Arts). Ranked #1 as "best undergraduate teaching" and "most innovative schools" in the Midwest region by U.S. News and World Report, Butler is located just five miles from downtown Indianapolis, a cultural center and life sciences hub ( General information about the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Butler University is available at  


Your application should contain a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 1-page statement of teaching philosophy, 2-page research statement (including a 5 year plan), and 1-page statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion addressing the following two questions: “What does diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) mean to you?” and “How will you commit yourself to fostering your definition of DEI in our program?”  Please submit your full application as a single PDF file to Rebecca Welch,  Questions should be sent to Dr. Marcos Oliveira,  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Butler University is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.



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