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Assistant Professor in Medicinal/Computational Chemistry (Tenure-Track)

Butler University
Indianapolis, IN

The Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences seeks a collegial, dynamic faculty member to provide innovative teaching and conduct productive research in a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. A vibrant university located in a growing metropolitan area, Butler is committed to providing a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and students and seeks applicants who will engage in and contribute to those values.


  • A doctoral degree, specializing in medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry with an
    emphasis on biologically active compounds, or a related field.
  • Active engagement in research broadly related to medicinal chemistry: areas of current
    emphasis include cheminformatics, computational chemistry, drug discovery, and synthetic
    chemistry incorporating big data.
  • Candidates in the early stages of postdoctoral research are encouraged to apply, even if their
    primary findings are not yet published.
  • Ideally, candidates would have teaching experience and a desire to use innovative teaching
    methods to educate pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists.

Job Description:

  • The main teaching responsibilities of the hired applicant will be medicinal chemistry lectures,
    focusing on structure activity relationships of drug classes, and group learning sessions in the
    Doctor of Pharmacy program, in a four course series titled “Principles of Drug Action”, which
    integrates medicinal chemistry and pharmacology. The hired applicant will also teach courses
    for M.S. programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences and/or Data Analytics.
  • The hired applicant will be expected to provide innovative and varied learning experiences. The
    Butler Center for Academic Technology (CAT) ( supports learning by working with faculty to promote thoughtful and effective use of academic technology and instructional approaches.
  • The hired applicant will engage students in the Doctor of Pharmacy, M.S. in Pharmaceutical
    Sciences, and M.S. in Data Analytics degree programs in research experiences.
  • The hired applicant is expected to seek extramural research funding and conduct innovative
    research in a collaborative fashion that integrates the chemical and life sciences. We are
    particularly interested in candidates who bridge chemical and biological information using
    large, diverse datasets.
  • The salary is fully supported by the university on a year-round (12-month) basis.
  • Starting date is flexible.

There are unique opportunities for interactions and collaborations between basic scientists and clinical
pharmacists at Butler University. In a 5,000 square foot state-of-the-art collaborative laboratory, current faculty engage in NIH and NSF-funded research involving bioinformatics, precision medicine, drug discovery, and data analytics. Computational researchers also have ample access to multiple
supercomputers on campus. Furthermore, there are opportunities to develop collaborations in
Indianapolis with institutes and companies within the 16Tech innovation district
(, an initiative that brings together technology and biosciences in areas that
link big data to molecular mechanisms.

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers a diverse set of programs leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, and Bachelor of Science in Healthcare and Business degrees. Butler University offers personalized liberal and professional education to students in its six colleges (Business, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Communication, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Education, and the Arts). Ranked #1 as ”best undergraduate teaching” and ”most innovative schools” in the Midwest region by U.S. News and World Report, Butler is located just five miles from downtown Indianapolis, a cultural center and life sciences hub ( General information about the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Butler University is available at


Your application should contain a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 1-page statement of teaching philosophy, 2-page research statement (including a 5 year plan), and 1-page statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion addressing the following two questions: “What does diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) mean to you?” and “How will you commit yourself to fostering your definition of DEI in our program?” Please submit your full application as a single PDF file to Rebecca Welch, Questions should be sent to Dr. Marcos Oliveira, Review of applications will begin on June 13, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Butler University is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

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