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University of Kansas Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in Lawrence, Kansas


Job Title:

Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry


Medicinal Chemistry

Primary Campus:

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description:


Initiate, organize and maintain a vigorous and productive program of research in systems chemical biology that includes:

  1. Obtaining external research funding,

  2. Publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and

  3. Presenting findings at professional conferences.


  1. Teach and mentor pharmacy students and graduate students in formal medicinal chemistry or chemical biology courses,

  2. Participate in the academic advising of pharmacy students and graduate students, and

  3. Mentor students in research, including serving as a dissertation/thesis director and professional mentor for students.


  1. Serve on committees at the Departmental, School and/or University levels as the opportunities arise,

  2. Participate in professional service activities, and

  3. Participate collegially in departmental and school meetings.

Faculty Code:

Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Req ID (Ex: 10567BR) :



The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX, civilrights@ku.edu, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

Contact Information to Applicants:

Position inquiries can be directed to Prof. Michael S. Wolfe, mswolfe@ku.edu

Position Number:


Required Qualifications:

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through: (1) descriptions of doctoral and postdoctoral experiences in the letter of application; (2) record of accomplishments and productivity described in curriculum vita; (3) statements of research plans, educational/mentoring philosophies and expected practices, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); and (4) information from three professional references.

  1. Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Chemistry, Chemical Biology, or Medicinal Chemistry. Closely related research-based degree such as D.Sc., are also acceptable.

  2. 2 years of post-doctoral experience

  3. Publications in peer-reviewed journals with innovative research objectives that demonstrate potential for excellence in research

  4. Demonstrated potential for effective teaching in medicinal chemistry/chemical biology applying effective inclusive teaching practices, at the graduate, undergraduate and/or professional levels.

  5. Evidence that candidates value the importance of diversity to the academic community and life sciences, as provided within the response to DEI statement.

  6. Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, administrators, students, and other research personnel as demonstrated by application materials and interview.

Employee Class:


Advertised Salary Range:

commensurate with experience



Preferred Qualifications:

Position Overview:

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry located within the School of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas (KU) seeks exceptional candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level to commence by August 2023.

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate excellence in research, teaching and service and will contribute to the Department's expertise by having a background and research interests in the area of Systems Chemical Biology and whose research aligns with the NIH mission. We seek individuals who incorporate system-wide approaches and use of chemical probes to elucidate disease mechanisms, identify potential drug targets, and discover new therapeutic prototypes. Broad disciplinary interests will be considered and include, but are not limited to, oncological, immunological, neurological and infectious diseases. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a relevant field and post-doctoral research experience. Applicants should demonstrate the potential to establish an independent, externally funded research program, as evidenced by research products including preprints and publications, and a statement outlining research successes and future goals. As excellence in inclusive education and mentoring is a priority for our academic scientists, applicants should convey approaches and interests in these areas.

The candidate should have a strong record of basic research interfacing chemistry and biology and a commitment to graduate and undergraduate education in the field. The department is especially interested in candidates that have a developed research plan for externally sponsored research in a field that complements current research activities at the University ( https://medchem.ku.edu/ ). The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

As a premier international research university, the University of Kansas is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that nurtures growth and development. KU holds steadfast in the belief that an array of values, interests, experiences, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and our workplace. As such, applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education are highly encouraged.

The University of Kansas is a Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive R-1 university and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). KU is a major educational and research institution located in Lawrence, a vibrant, thriving, and progressive community of more than 90,000 close to Kansas City and the KU Medical Center. The Department of Medicinal Chemistry faculty engage in comprehensive and diverse research efforts that enable innovative and cross-disciplinary approaches.

As part of the University's commitment to the newly established Center for Systems Pharmacology at KU ( https://research.ku.edu/research-rising/big-data-drug-discovery ), this position is one of four new faculty positions in the School of Pharmacy ( https://pharmacy.ku.edu/ ) and the Department of Molecular Biosciences ( https://molecularbiosciences.ku.edu/ ).



Application Review Begins:


Anticipated Start Date:


Additional Candidate Instruction:

For complete announcement and to apply online, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/23536BR . A complete online application will include the following items: (1) Cover letter describing your doctoral and postdoctoral experiences; (2) Curriculum vitae including a record of accomplishments, including publications, award, fellowships and external funding; (3) the names and contact information for at least three professional references; (4) A description of current and future research interests. Full consideration will be given to those that limit length to less than four pages; and (5) A statement of educational and mentoring plans that includes your experience, approach, or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching practices, pedagogical techniques, and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.

Learning about each applicant's appreciation for the value of diversity to the academic community and biomedical sciences is a critical priority for the University of Kansas. As such, applicants should address the following issue at the time of application, each response must be within 4,000 characters or less:

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

First Review of applications will begin November 14, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled