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Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Connecticut
Storrs Campus

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Search #: 497758
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Faculty Tenure Track


The University of Connecticut (UConn) is pleased to invite applications for a faculty position in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) with a focus on Toxicology/Safety Assessment. The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences ( is housed in a 200,000 square foot state-of-the-art building in the science quad at UConn and has a long history of academic drug discovery and development. Departmental faculty include an industry distinguished endowed chair in pharmaceutical technology, an industry distinguished endowed chair in mechanistic toxicology, and a Board of Trustees Professor ( Nationally, departmental faculty serve as chairs of NIH study sections, journal editors, and society presidents and have received prestigious awards for research, teaching, and service. In addition to pharmacology and toxicology, faculty expertise encompasses medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutics and the Department supports the research and teaching mission of the UConn School of Pharmacy.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding, high-quality publications, and impact as measured through citations and national recognition. The successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate, professional Pharm.D., and graduate levels, develop innovative courses and instruction methods, and mentor students in research, outreach, and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of underrepresented groups; demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the commitment to, and support of, diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington with an affiliation to the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  • The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree or equivalent terminal degree, with a minimum of 2 years of postdoctoral experience (or equivalent research experience) and a demonstrated record of research productivity in the field of toxicology/safety assessment.
  • The candidate is expected to continue, or show clear potential for, developing a strong, extramurally-funded research program within the broad area of toxicology.
  • The candidate should have the expertise to teach in both the graduate curriculum of the pharmacology and toxicology program and in the PharmD curriculum.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • The successful candidate will have a deep commitment to promoting diversity through their academic and research programs.


  • Preferred areas of research and collaborative strength are broad and include:
    • Signaling pathways mediating toxicant action,
    • Epigenetic toxicology,
    • Developmental and reproductive toxicology,
    • Neurotoxicology,
    • Nucleic acid-based toxicology,
    • Exposome,
    • Non-coding RNAs in toxicant responses,
    • Toxicology of nanoparticles and nanoparticle-based drug delivery systems,
    • Toxicology of biologic drugs,
    • Immunotoxicology.
  • At least two years of postdoctoral experience in an academic, industrial, or similar position.
  • Demonstrated scholarly productivity.
  • With a renewed emphasis on a multidisciplinary approach to research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department, the ability to establish research collaborations with other faculty members in the Department is highly desired.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
  • Commitment to effective teaching, through novel teaching methods and integrating technology into instruction.
  • The ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2024. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.)
  • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.)
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.)
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately. For more information regarding the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences please visit the Department's website at

    At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

    This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

    All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

    All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

    The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce. The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner. This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all. We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

    The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.

    Advertised: Aug 18 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Nov 17 2023 Eastern Standard Time


    Working at UCONN

    The University of Connecticut is a national leader among public research universities, with more than 30,000 students seeking answers to critical questions in classrooms, labs, and the community. A culture of innovation drives this pursuit of knowledge throughout the University’s network of campuses. Connecticut’s commitment to higher education helps UConn attract students who thrive in the most competitive environments, as well as globally renowned faculty members. Our school pride is fueled by a history of success that has made us a standout in Division I athletics. UConn fosters a diverse and vibrant culture that meets the needs and seizes the opportunities of a dynamic global society.

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