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Chair, Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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SOP-CBMC - 452100

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Position Type:

Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Chair, Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry

Appointment Type:

Tenured/Tenure Track

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Full-Time Permanent

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Position Location:

North Carolina, US

Hiring Range:

Dependent upon qualifications and experience.

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Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy ( seeks an aspirational and collaborative leader to serve as Chair of the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry. This is a unique opportunity for an individual to lead a world-class faculty engaged in the education and research of the principles of drug discovery with a focus on identifying new therapeutic agents and targets.

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy ( is one of six health science schools (Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry, Public Health, Medicine, Social) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is one of the oldest health science academic programs at Chapel Hill. The School teaches approximately 600 PharmD students and 145 graduate students. The School has built a reputation for its continued pursuit of excellence, rigorous education and training programs, cutting-edge multidisciplinary research, progressive pharmacy practices, efficient business operations, and its outstanding faculty, staff, and students. The School was named the number one School of Pharmacy in the U.S. by the U.S. News and World Report. The School has experienced unprecedented growth and success and continues to strategically position itself for sustained impact, as articulated in the School’s Strategic Plan (

The Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry (CBMC) is one of five divisions in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy ( Our work focuses on discovering new therapeutic agents and targets. Thousands of compounds researched here at the School have the potential for therapeutic applications impacting many disease targets, such as enzymes, specific drug receptors, and even the genome.

CBMC is comprised of 30 faculty with research strengths in the synthesis and structure-activity characterization of pharmaceutically relevant small molecules, the chemical biology of designed small-molecule ligands and their cognate drug targets, combinatorial biochemistry and proteomics, structural biology, chemo- and bioinformatics, and molecular modeling. Of the 30 faculty, 14 are tenure track, and 16 are research track.

CBMC is home to the Structural Genomics Consortium ( and the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery ( The Division Chair is responsible for helping lead these Centers, strategize outcomes, and plan for growth. Faculty of the division enjoy collaborative opportunities with CBMC’s Structural Genomics Consortium and the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery, UNC’s six health science schools, and a stimulating regional research environment in the Research Triangle Park.

More information about the CBMC Division can be found at

Position Summary:

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy seeks a tenured Full Professor with duties in teaching; developing and maintaining individual research programs of distinction; contributing to collaborative research efforts; and providing service to a variety of constituencies at the local, state, national and international levels. This primary faculty appointment will come with an at-will secondary administrative appointment as Chair of the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry. A faculty member that holds a Chair appointment is required to maintain an active scholarship program, teach, and stay current in their academic discipline. Chair duties are listed below.

Faculty Developer/Advocate
1. Lead the recruitment, retention, reappointment, promotion, tenure, and post-tenure actions of faculty in compliance with School and University guidelines.
2. Support and encourage ongoing faculty development, including, but not limited to; ensuring faculty alignment with our WE CARE values; fostering and promoting faculty wellbeing, engagement, performance, and productivity; ensuring faculty are positioned to reach their full potential; managing and resolving conflict between and among faculty.
3. Work closely with the Executive Vice Dean-Chief Academic Officer (EVD-CAO) on all matters pertaining to faculty.

1. Provide long-term strategic direction and vision for the Division in alignment with the strategic plan of the School. Oversee the development, implementation, and monitoring of the division’s strategic plan.
2. Engage in strategic partnerships to advance the work of the Division and the School. Build and nurture ongoing relationships and partnerships, including strategic alignment with the School’s affiliated Centers. Ensure awareness and engagement of Division faculty in key partnerships and in initiatives and programs associated with partnerships.
3. Represent the needs of the School to the Division and represent the needs of the Division to School leadership. Facilitate effective communication between Division faculty and School leadership. Serve as the primary representative of the Division to the School, the University, the public, and the Academy nationally and internationally. Serve and actively engage as a member of the Dean’s Executive Committee.
4. Be a role model for faculty on good citizenship and school engagement, actively participating in School-wide retreats, trainings, and other programs.

1. Oversee administrative & operational aspects of the Division, including oversight of Executive Vice Chairs and/or Vice Chairs. Manage Division budget(s) and personnel activities/actions (grant submission sign offs, IRB review and approvals, EPAP & COI approvals, faculty annual reviews, and staff performance evaluations). Facilitate regular Division meetings and retreats. Oversee Division fellowship programs, if applicable, in collaboration with fellowship directors. Oversee lab/office space assignments, in collaboration with the Executive Vice Dean-Chief Operating Officer.
2. Oversee faculty contributions & accountability to fulfilling the educational mission, research mission, and service responsibilities of the School in alignment with rank and track.
3. Consistent with the School’s grant guidelines, work closely with tenure track faculty to ensure appropriate effort is included on grants and contracts and that tenure track faculty are on the path to securing 40-80% salary offset through grants and contracts; discuss salary recovery expectations with faculty in annual reviews, and document that goals are being met, or if goals are not being achieved, document a plan for development, or re-evaluate the appropriateness of the goals in light of the faculty members responsibilities; assess faculty salary offset expectations when considering promotion, tenure, and post-tenure review and, if goals are not being achieved, document a plan for achieving the goals.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

A qualified candidate to serve as the Chair of CBMC must possess the following: PhD in Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry/Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biochemistry, or a closely related discipline. A qualified candidate must possess a strong track record of scholarship. The candidate must demonstrate great communication and interpersonal skills; the ability to bring together faculty to plan strategically and execute accordingly; be a team player, with experience managing, leading, and developing people; and be able to articulate and advocate a shared vision for the division to engage in the education and research of the principles of drug discovery, and align with our School’s WE CARE values.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

Demonstration of leadership and engagement in and sustained contributions to the practice of pharmacy, chemistry, biology and computational science is preferred. The most qualified candidate will already be at the Associate Professor level ready for promotion to Full Professor, or at the Full Professor level. In addition, the most qualified candidate will have demonstrated prior leadership and management experiences or, at a minimum, be able to clearly articulate their motivation and potential to do so.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority in accordance with the Clery Act. This position will be required to report Clery crimes to the Clery Compliance Manager and complete annual training about reporting responsibilities.

Special Instructions:

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has retained Buffkin/Baker, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search.

All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in strict confidence to:

Martin Baker, Managing Partner, Buffkin/Baker

Priority consideration will be given to materials received by July 15, 2024.


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UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

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