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Assistant Professor (tenure-track); Organic Chemistry; Undergraduate

Samford University Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Birmingham, Alabama
Closing date
Nov 1, 2023

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

Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences
invites individuals interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for an assistant professor position (organic chemistry) in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, beginning August 2024. This tenure-track, full-time faculty position is a 9-month appointment.

Samford University and the Howard College of Arts and Sciences embrace diversity in their faculty, students, and staff and encourage applications from those who would add to the diversity of our academic community.  

Qualified candidates will hold a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from an accredited institution. Postdoctoral research and/or teaching experience is desirable. Primary teaching responsibilities will be in organic chemistry, with additional duties in general chemistry and upper-level chemistry courses. The successful applicant will be expected to develop an active research program in organic chemistry (broadly defined) involving students.  Start-up funds are available along with support for summer research students. The successful applicant will be expected to participate in various service activities in the department, college and larger university community.

The department currently comprises eight full-time faculty members, offers majors in chemistry and biochemistry, and graduates about ten majors per year. For more information, see the department web page:

Samford University ( is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama.  Located in suburban Birmingham, the University was founded in 1841 and has 425 full time faculty and more than 5,700 students representing 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 22 countries.  Samford has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings.  The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability.  The University is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting.  The University seeks and prefers employee applicants of the Christian faith and offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package.

Review of applications will begin October 16 and the application deadline will be November 1, 2023. Please submit (via email below in .pdf format), an application letter, curriculum vitae with names and contact information of three references, description of teaching experience and interests, description of research plans, along with an Application for Faculty Position and the Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement (links below). Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience.  The successful candidate must pass a background check. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States, as Samford will not sponsor any employment visas for this position.

Application for Faculty Position can be found at:

Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement can be found at:

Please submit all materials in PDF format to:                                                                             
ATTN: Chemistry Faculty                                                             

Questions may be addressed to:
Dr. Chris Pursell, Search Committee Chair

Except as specifically exempted by federal law requirements, Samford University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability or age in the administration or application of its educational programs and policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs. Consistent with its Christian mission and organizations, Samford is exempt from the religious provisions of Title VII pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sections 2000e-1(a) and 2000e-2(e).

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