Assistant Professor, Chemical Biology

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Salary based on experience
September 15 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Chemical Biology

We invite applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in all areas of chemical biology, broadly defined. This hiring initiative is part of our major, institution-wide initiative to develop a world-class environment for chemical biology at the University of Utah. We are interested in areas that include but are not limited to bioorganic chemistry, drug design/discovery, protein design/engineering, natural product-inspired drug design, computer-guided drug discovery, proteomics/mass spectrometry, synthetic medicinal chemistry, nucleic acid chemistry, chemical probes, screening technologies, and synthetic biology.

This search is a joint effort between our two departments, Biochemistry and Medicinal Chemistry, with one position available in each department. Applicants may designate their preference in the application if desired. Our departments are proximally located in the Health Sciences Center, which includes excellent opportunities for collaboration and synergy with the College of Pharmacy and School of Medicine with specific strengths in cardiovascular disease, cancer, genetics, immunology/inflammation/infectious disease, metabolism, and neuroscience. Chemical biology in our departments is strongly supported by excellent chemical and biochemical infrastructure, a cross-disciplinary Biological Chemistry graduate program, a T32 training grant in Chemical Biology, and many other university programs.

We are strongly committed to building an inclusive environment that attracts a diverse team of talented faculty who are supported and enabled to do the best possible science. For the past 4 years, over 25% of incoming students in our umbrella Bioscience PhD Programs have come from underrepresented backgrounds. We encourage applications from a broad and diverse range of faculty candidates interested in supporting and growing diversity and inclusion within our research community.

Starting dates are flexible. Applications will be reviewed as they are received beginning October 15, 2020. Positions will remain open until filled. 

Please apply online at: and upload a cover letter, current CV, and Research Statement (5 pages max), and a statement describing your past and potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion (500 words max). Reference letters will be automatically solicited upon application processing. General questions related to this advertisement can be directed to Diana Mills at

This position has no patient contact.

The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission.

EEO/Diversity Information: The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students. 

Salary commensurate with experience.


The University of Utah offers an exceptional array of benefit plans such as medical, dental, vision, retirement, tuition reduction, wellness programs, employee assistance, and generous leave policies. In addition to traditional packages, it also provides a range of family-friendly and cultural benefits in order to attract, support, and retain the employees who continue to make the University of Utah a premier research institution. Please visit our benefits page at:

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