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Chemistry and Biochemistry, Professor
University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma
Date Posted 03/24/2022
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus: College of Arts and Sciences: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Norman, OK
Open Date

Mar 23, 2022


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma (OU) seeks applicants for a Professor level to conduct research, train students, teach, and provide expert knowledge in the field of medicinal chemistry (broadly defined). This position is part of a collaborative cross-campus capacity-building program aimed at enhancing OU investments in drug discovery and development that covers several emphasis areas of human health needs, including infectious diseases, cancer, diabetes, and additional therapeutic needs targeted under the Future of Health strategic vision (https://www.ou.edu/research-norman).

Brief Summary of the Position

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma (OU) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Professor in medicinal chemistry. The successful candidate should have established an excellent reputation of scholarship and a strong funding record in chemistry and/or biochemical research, as well as excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The position comes with a competitive start-up package and a laboratory space.

Job Description


· Maintain a vigorous, extramurally funded research program and provide research opportunities to train graduate and undergraduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows in the field of medicinal chemistry (broadly defined).

· Enhance research and education relationships within the Department, across the University, and with other research institutions and agencies.


· Participate in teaching undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

· Teach two courses in each school year.


· Work as part of departmental, college, and university, and intrainstitutional committees to achieve strategic goals.

· Provide leadership and active participation in appropriate chemical and biochemical professional organizations.

Description of the University

OU is a public research university located in Norman, Oklahoma. OU’s enrollment of undergraduate is more than 20,000, and the population of graduate students is more than 6,000. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has 30 full-time faculty members and more than 100 graduate students. The research and administrative functions of the department are housed in the Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center, located on OU’s Research Campus, which houses chemists, biochemists, and other life science researchers. The Department of Chemistry Research Support Services (RSS) employs 7 PhD scientists and technicians that are responsible for the training of students, postdocs, and faculty in the use of departmental instrumentation (NMR, mass spectrometry, X-ray crystallography facilities etc.), as well as access to an electronics shop, glassblowing laboratory, and stockroom.


Required Qualifications

· Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in the chemical or biochemical sciences with innovative and significant contributions to the field of medicinal chemistry (broadly defined).

· Candidates should have an internationally recognized reputations and outstanding records of accomplishments in these areas

· Applicants must have a track record of excellence in research and teaching.

· Rank of Associate Professor or Professor with tenure (or equivalent rank and experience from an academic or nonacademic setting).

· Demonstrated success in maintaining a grant-funded lab and mentorship of students and research personnel.

Application Instructions

To apply, applicant needs to provide a 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vita; 3) summary of research accomplishments; 4) plans for future research endeavors; 5) synopsis of teaching experience; 6) statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion; and 7) names and contact information for three references. Applicants must submit applications online (email applications will not be considered). Questions should be addressed to the search committee chair, Robert Cichewicz (rhcichewicz@ou.edu ).

Applicants must have a track record of excellence in research, mentoring, and teaching. In addition to maintaining an internationally recognized and extramurally funded research program, the successful candidate will provide instruction at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the chemical and biochemical sciences and be responsible for the mentorship to graduate students. The position comes with a competitive start-up package and a laboratory space.

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