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Assistant or Associate Professor, Biochemistry

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC

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Assistant or Associate Professor, Biochemistry

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9-Mo Tenure-Track/ Tenured Faculty


Col Liberal Arts & Science (Col)



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Employment Type:

Permanent - Full-time

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Primary Purpose of Department:

The Department of Chemistry is a community of faculty, staff and students dedicated to excellence in education, the engagement of students and faculty in collaborative research at the cutting edge of science, and the sharing of expertise and knowledge to enrich the local, regional, and global communities.

To achieve its vision, the Department of Chemistry has set several interrelated goals:

• To educate undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in the discipline of chemistry and provide them with experiential and professional development opportunities that will enable them to contribute to the scientific community and society;

• To extend the frontiers of knowledge through research in chemistry and relevant interdisciplinary areas;

• To increase scientific literacy and develop well-informed citizens through strong support of the University’s General Education program;

• To participate in the University-wide academic community through interdisciplinary programs and collaborations;

• To contribute to the local, regional, national, and global communities through service activities that promote education and the dissemination of knowledge;

• To promote an inclusive environment in which diversity is valued, understood, and incorporated in the full range of departmental activities.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences advances the ethical discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge and creativity, and – by building the academic programs for tomorrow – educates students to be informed, critical thinkers and competent communicators, to work successfully in a world of increasing diversity and change, and to be engaged citizens in a global society.

Vacancy Open to:

All Candidates

Description of Work:

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty should be interpreted in the context of the related departmental and collegiate goals.
Teaching, Advising, Curriculum and Instructional Development – Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to teaching may include but are not limited to: subject matter competence, course design, course presentation, advising and consultation, directing student research, curriculum and instructional development, and grading student work.
Scholarly Research, Creative, and Other Professional Activities – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to participate in expanding the knowledge base of her/his academic field by conducting research or engaging in other creative activities as appropriate to the faculty member’s discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to research may include but are not limited to: research/creative activity that generates new knowledge and/or synthesizes and/or integrates existing knowledge, publication, an on-going agenda for research, scholarly, and creative activity, and are expected to seek extramural support for their work.
Service to University, the Public, and the Profession – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to engage in a program of service appropriate to their discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to service may include but are not limited to: service to the administration and governance of the University, public service, and service to the profession.

To view the complete Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty document visit our website:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte seeks applications and nominations for a tenure-track or tenured position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the following area: Biochemistry. This is a 9-month appointment beginning in August 2022. Successful candidates are expected to maintain an impactful, externally-funded research program; teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students effectively; provide service to the department, the university and the profession; and engage with the academic communities of the Chemistry Department and the interdisciplinary Nanoscale Science Ph.D. Program. A doctoral degree in chemistry or related area, plus at least one year of relevant postdoctoral, academic, or industrial experience are required. Applicants seeking appointment at the assistant professor level are expected to have a robust research agenda and a deep commitment to the education and success of students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Those seeking employment at the associate professor level must have a significant record of accomplishments in research, teaching, and service.

Minimum Experience/Education:

UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:

We particularly welcome applications from scientists who will develop collaborations in nanoscale science initiatives through participation in any of the interdisciplinary research programs in energy and materials, and/or life and health sciences within the department or on campus. UNC Charlotte strives to foster an inclusive, supportive environment that enables all students, faculty and staff to thrive. Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are core values of the Chemistry Department, and are essential to the success of the department’s mission. We therefore seek candidates who will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing these values in their work, especially by addressing the needs of our increasingly diverse student population. We value a healthy work-life balance and are committed to building a diverse faculty. We strongly encourage women, members of underrepresented groups, and dual career couples to apply. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the employment section of the department’s website for more information about these positions and other employment opportunities (including a full-time lecturer position) in the Chemistry Department. In addition, members of dual career couples are encouraged to look at The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium of the Carolinas (HERC of the Carolinas) for opportunities for their partners.

Special Notes to Applicants:

Applications must be made electronically at using the appropriate position number: 006461 for Biochemistry. Applications must include: (1) a letter of interest that addresses the applicant’s qualifications for the position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) detailed descriptions of research plans (not exceeding 6 pages, excluding references) (4) a statement of teaching that addresses the applicant’s perspective on the engagement of diverse learners in the classroom and other settings, as well as the applicant’s teaching experience, training, teaching interests, recognitions, honors and awards, and any other relevant accomplishments (not exceeding 2 pages); (5) a statement of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) that addresses the candidate’s: awareness of challenges and inequities faced by minoritized students and faculty in chemistry or a related discipline, past and current activities to improve opportunities for minoritized populations, and future plans to advance DEI in teaching, research and/or service (not exceeding 2 pages); (6) unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts; and (7) the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least three contacts to provide letters of recommendation. Candidates who advance in the screening process will be asked to have recommendation letters forwarded on their behalf to the department within five business days of being contacted. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the search may be directed to the following committee chair: Biochemistry, Dr. Jerry Troutman ([email protected]). Finalists will be asked during their screening interview to discuss how the topics of diversity and inclusion are incorporated into their teaching and research. As an AA/EOE employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, UNC Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. Candidates selected for a position will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree. The offer of a position is contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a criminal background check.

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About Us

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. It leverages its location in the state's largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. 

Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System.  A large public university with a small college feel, UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus is the home away from home for more than 29,000 students.  The University offers internationally competitive research and creative activity opportunities and exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs coupled with a focused set of community engagement initiatives that enrich the region’s quality of life.

In fulfilling our mission, we envision a University that promises:

  • An accessible and affordable quality education that equips students with intellectual and professional skills, ethical principles, and an international perspective.
  • A strong foundation in liberal arts and opportunities for experiential education to enhance students’ personal and professional growth.
  • A robust intellectual environment that values social and cultural diversity, free expression, collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect.
  • A safe, diverse, team-oriented, ethically responsible, and respectful workplace environment that develops the professional capacities of our faculty and staff.

To achieve a leadership position in higher education, we will:

  • Rigorously assess our progress toward our institutional, academic, and administrative plans using benchmarks appropriate to the goals articulated by our programs and in our plans.
  • Serve as faithful stewards of the public and private resources entrusted to us and provide effective and efficient administrative services that exceed the expectations of our diverse constituencies.
  • Create meaningful collaborations among university, business, and community leaders to address issues and opportunities of the region.
  • Develop an infrastructure that makes learning accessible to those on campus and in our community and supports the scholarly activities of the faculty.
  • Pursue opportunities to enhance personal wellness through artistic, athletic, or recreational activities.
  • Operate an attractive, environmentally responsible and sustainable campus integrated with the retail and residential neighborhoods that surround us.

Dual Career

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and productive faculty, administrators, and other professional staff members. We recognize that career decisions are influenced by family considerations.  For up to one year from the date of an employee’s relocation to Charlotte, the University will assist the employee’s  spouse or domestic partner with efforts to find employment within the University and/or within the surrounding area.

Diversity at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion throughout the campus. Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender identities, sexualities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social groups and backgrounds.  All of these identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole.  UNC Charlotte strives to celebrate and leverage the benefits of this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

To learn more about plans, programs, resources and news and events relating to diversity and inclusion at UNC Charlotte please use the following link:

To access the full text of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion please use the following link:

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Overview of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion.

The goal of quality education for all at UNC Charlotte is the foundation for our Diversity Plan.  At its fullest potential, higher education allows students to interact with people from different backgrounds and to engage a range of ideas and perspectives.  This educational experience cultivates the skills that graduates will need to function adeptly in a global society.  

As North Carolina and the Charlotte region undergo rapid population growth and demographic change, UNC Charlotte must respond to the needs of a more diverse student population. It is imperative that the University prepare its students to become leaders and thriving citizens in a pluralistic and multicultural society. In adopting our Diversity Plan, we affirm that:


    • We believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student body are critical in advancing teaching, scholarship, and community engagement at UNC Charlotte.
    • We are committed to enhancing opportunities for living, working and learning in a diverse environment
    • We are committed to educating our students to interact effectively and respectfully in the global community. 

      The Plan identifies components of a diverse campus community and outlines steps toward building an inclusive environment that promotes the success of all students, faculty, and staff. It is a living document that affirms our institutional values and is designed to offer guidance to University departments and units for achieving the University goals for diversity.  The seven broad objectives of the Diversity Plan are:

      1: Promote a broad understanding of goals for diversity, access, and inclusion for the University through active outreach to the campus community.

      2: Recruit and graduate a diverse student body that reflects community diversity and addresses the state’s need to increase access to higher education for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students.

      3: Increase the recruitment of underrepresented faculty and advance their progression through the faculty ranks.

                  4: Increase the representation of staff from underrepresented groups.

      5: Ensure the presence of institutional environments and course development that enhance learning and appreciation for the full range of diversity.

      6: Develop external relationships with the community to enhance diversity on and off campus.

                  7: Ensure the Success of the Plan through Assessment, Accountability, and Recognition.


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