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Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
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Position OverviewThe 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 ( 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 (, this position is one of four new faculty positions in the School of Pharmacy ( and the Department of Molecular Biosciences (
Job Description40% RESEARCH
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.
Required QualificationsEvaluation 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.
Preferred Qualifications
Additional Candidate InstructionsFor complete announcement and to apply online, go to 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 Contact Information to ApplicantsPosition inquiries can be directed to Prof. Michael S. Wolfe, [email protected] Advertised Salary Rangecommensurate with experience Application Review Begins14-Nov-2022 Anticipated Start Date18-Aug-2023


Working at the University of Kansas 

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The Jayhawk community is united by more than 150 years of tradition and by our commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, transforming the academic experience, and creating solutions through innovative research. KU’s mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.  

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

KU faculty and staff embrace our role as the state’s flagship university, AAU member and R1 institution that serves the state, nation and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit; and, we remain true to KU’s historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research and the healing power of service.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

We recognize there are inequalities and privileges generated by historical and persistent intersecting differences by race, ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, abilities, religion, regional background, veteran status, citizenship status and nationality. And we hold ourselves accountable for policies, processes and programs that appreciate these and other differences and create more fair, safe and just learning, working and living environments for KU students, faculty and staff.


KU offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate study programs, and we fulfill our mission through academic and research programs of international distinction, coupled with outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the academic experience for students from all 50 states and 112 countries, and provide enrichment resources for KU faculty and staff.


The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.


The university and our employees serve society through research, teaching and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. And, KU offers educational, research and service programs throughout the state. KU employees are encouraged to participate in and serve the campus and surrounding communities in a way that is meaningful to them.

International Dimension 

KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.


The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

Our City and State 

KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

Kansas is in the center of the country, making it convenient and cost effective to fly or drive to destinations throughout the United States. Far from flat, the Flint Hills, just 90 minutes from Lawrence, offer panoramic vistas that showcase the breathtaking beauty of America.

Making KU Your Home 

Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

At the University of Kansas, you’ll join a global Jayhawk family and find a place to call home.

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