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Assistant or Associate Professor, Chemical Education, Organic Chemistry

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Closing date
Dec 11, 2023

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) seeks candidates for a full-time, non-tenure-track position at the anticipated rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor.  The successful applicant will coordinate the organic chemistry curriculum, teach organic chemistry I and II lectures, and may also contribute to upper division courses.

We seek applicants who have previously demonstrated a commitment to teaching excellence in organic chemistry. Candidates with demonstrated teaching expertise in large classroom (100+ students) environments are especially encouraged to apply.  Faculty in these positions frequently collaborate with multiple units across campus including Nursing, Mathematics, and Biology.   The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) treasures the rich diversity of our student body and is committed to their success.  Members of the CAS community are expected to reflect our values for inclusive excellence in both our work and learning environment as well as in our efforts to serve and engage the community.

This position is a 9-month, full-time, non-tenure earning, career-track appointment.  Duties include:

  • Teaching at least two lecture sections of organic chemistry per semester. Ensuring uniform curricular coverage across sections while encouraging individualized instruction. Coordinating the administrative operation of the undergraduate organic chemistry recitations, including the main service courses, as well as the courses serving the Honors College students and chemistry majors.  These courses serve more than 500 students per semester.  Development of course materials as it pertains to peer-instruction in recitation, including materials to facilitate student learning. Training, scheduling, and supervising of organic chemistry teaching assistants.  Overseeing the scheduling of organic chemistry lectures and recitation sections. Curricular development in chemical education Collaboration with department organic chemistry faculty to ensure a comprehensive undergraduate organic experience is offered.

Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry with a strong background in organic chemistry, chemical education with an emphasis on organic chemistry, or a closely related discipline. Candidates with prior classroom-management experience in a university setting will be considered at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.  Qualified applicants should upload the following application materials: 1) a cover letter indicating their interest, 2) a detailed curriculum vita, 3) a 2-page statement on their teaching experience and teaching philosophy, and 4) a minimum of three letters of reference sent confidentially to support their application.  The anticipated start date is Fall 2024, pending budgetary and administrative approval.  Salary and rank are commensurate with years of training and experience.

Interested applicants please follow this link to apply  For more information, please contact the search committee chair Dr. Sadanandan Velu (

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. 

Known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a part of the University of Alabama System, is an internationally renowned research university and academic medical center with more than $715 million in annual research funding and an economic impact on the state exceeding $12.1 billion a year. UAB is Alabama’s largest employer, with some 28,000 employees, and was named Forbes’ No. 1 Large Employer in the United States in 2021. In the Fall 2022 semester, UAB enrollment surpassed 21,500 for the fifth consecutive year. The university offers more than 180 degree programs in nine schools and one college. The pillars of UAB’s mission include education, research, innovation and economic development, community engagement and patient care. Learn more at

The UAB Chemistry Department offers B.S. (ACS-Approved), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, and has major research interests in drug discovery, organic synthesis, structural biochemistry, radiochemistry, biophysical chemistry, nanoscience, and polymer/advanced materials.  UAB is dedicating significant resources towards its science infrastructure in the next few years, with Phase I of a new Science and Engineering Complex (S&EC) opening in Fall 2023. Phase I of the S&EC includes newly designed organic chemistry teaching laboratories.  A future phase of the S&EC will include a new wing that will house the remainder of the Chemistry Department.

Birmingham Alabama is listed as one of the top 100 places to live in the country (US News & World Report).  Originally the epicenter for the iron and steel industry, Birmingham’s economy now centers on its world-class healthcare facilities, as well as banking, finance, and insurance.  Birmingham is known for its central role in the civil rights movement and is a focal point for cultural activities in Alabama. Residents enjoy numerous galleries, theaters, museums, and family-oriented activities.  Those who enjoy outdoor activities will find abundant local opportunities, as Birmingham is located in one of the southernmost valleys and ridges of the Appalachian Mountains. Birmingham offers the advantages of urban life in a mid-size city with a more affordable cost of living than is found in similarly sized cities.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

The laws and regulations regarding mandatory COVID-19 vaccination continue to evolve. Please be aware that UAB may determine that obtaining the COVID-19 or related vaccination is a requirement for this position, based on legal changes or otherwise. If that occurs, the successful candidate may be required to submit proof of vaccination or obtain an approved vaccination exemption as a condition of employment.

A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.

To learn more about the University of Alabama at Birmingham (


A comprehensive Tier 1 research university and medical school with over 2000 faculty and 18,000 students.

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