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Assistant Professor in Bioanalytical/Biomaterials Chemistry

University of Kentucky, Department of Chemistry
Lexington, Kentucky
We offer a competitive salary and benefits.
Closing date
Oct 7, 2023

Job Details

The Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky seeks to fill a tenure-eligible faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in Bioanalytical or Biomaterials Chemistry. This is a 9-month position in the regular title series with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2024. The Department of Chemistry encourages candidates with research expertise and interests that align with the UK Research Priority Areas (RPAs) ( The ability to collaborate with other researchers in Chemistry, Chemical & Materials Engineering, the Markey Cancer Center, Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, or the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center is highly desirable. Teaching responsibilities for this position will involve instruction at the undergraduate and graduate level in biological chemistry. A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a closely related field is required.

Interested applicants should apply online at: Applicants must include the following: 1) cover letter, 2) CV, 3) Research Statement (upload as Specific Request 1 - Include startup budget estimate and brief description of how the candidate’s research interests connect with the University RPAs, how the candidate will develop collaborations and how the candidate will broaden our strengths in biological chemistry), 4) Statement of Teaching Experience (upload as Specific Request 2), and 5) a statement on their contribution toward inclusive excellence in teaching, research, professional activities, and/or service (upload as Specific Request 3). In addition, please provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information will be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

The University of Kentucky provides comprehensive benefits which are fully described at

Questions about this search should be addressed to Dr. Mark Lovell, Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky (

Review of applications will begin on November 7th, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, African Americans, and all minorities.


About the University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky, a comprehensive Research I University with a large Medical Center, is located in Lexington, Kentucky in the heart of the Bluegrass Region. Lexington is one of the three major population centers in the area (Cincinnati and Louisville are each within 75 miles) and has an increasingly diverse population. Over the last several years, the College of Arts and Sciences has placed the issue of diversity and equity at the forefront of its agenda. The College community has defined diversity widely, pressing for greater exposure and understanding of differences in race, ethnicity, gender, geography, sexual orientation, religion and creed, and physical ability. Similarly, the College emphasizes research and collaborative partnerships within diverse settings as well as preparing students to work in and with diverse populations and communities. Student enrollment at the University of Kentucky exceeds 27,000 with a total faculty of about 1,900. The Department of Chemistry currently has 27 faculty members and offers B.S., B.A., M.S., and Ph. D. degree programs and has extensive research programs in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. In addition, many of our faculty have active collaborations with colleagues in other departments and colleges, including the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, Agriculture, the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and the Center for Applied Energy Research. Job Description We expect to make two appointments at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Biological Chemistry with a starting date of August 2010. Applications at the Associate or Full Professor level may be considered in exceptional cases. We are seeking candidates who will develop a strong, nationally and internationally recognized interdisciplinary research program that combines Biological Chemistry with other areas of research. Preference will be given to candidates with a research emphasis on biofuels/renewable energy, synthetic organic or inorganic chemistry related to biological phenomena, environmental chemistry or other areas that complement existing departmental strengths. Successful candidates should be dedicated to excellence in teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. These positions were created through the Research Challenge Trust Fund (“Bucks for Brains”), an outcome of the 1997 Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act. The RCTF program provides a strategic investment in the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Kentucky’s six regional universities. The RCTF program is administered by the Council on Postsecondary Education and is designed to advance the economic success of Kentucky and its citizens through education and research. RCTF funds provide Kentucky’s universities support for ongoing efforts to attract and retain faculty and researchers. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level should send a complete application consisting of a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a description of proposed research and a brief prospectus outlining teaching interests to Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level should also arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent.

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