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Assistant Professor - Medicinal Chemistry

University of Houston- COP-PPS Dept.
University of Houston, Houston
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 28, 2023

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Health Sciences, Medicinal/Pharmaceutical Chemistry
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Full Time
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The Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences (PPS) at the University of Houston seeks highly qualified applicants in the Presidential Frontier Faculty program " to fill a full-time tenure-track Assistant professor position in Medicinal Chemistry. Outstanding applicants with cutting-edge research programs in Medicinal Chemistry broadly defined to include synthetic medicinal chemistry, biophysical medicinal chemistry, computational medicinal chemistry, and chemical biology are strongly encouraged to apply. 


PPS is in Health Building 2, a 300,000-square-foot state-of-the-art research facility on the University of Houston Campus. Research programs are supported with exceptional laboratory space, updated cutting-edge core research facilities including a 600 MHz Jeol NMR and high-end mass spectrophotometers.  Examples of other newly available shared equipment and facilities include a Visual Sonics Vevo 3100 Preclinical Imaging System, Perkin Elmer IVIS Lumina III XRMS Whole Animal Imaging System, 2 Orbitrap Exploris 480 High-Resolution Mass Spectrometers (one with Biopharma option and the other with MALDI imaging and nanoLC capability), confocal microscopes, Digital & QuantStudio RT-PCR systems, Agilent Seahorse XF metabolic analyzer, and PhenoMasterNG Metabolism, Behavior, and Physiology Cages. The research strengths of the Department’s medicinal chemistry discipline include synthetic medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, applications of biophysical methods and molecular biology. The Department’s medicinal chemistry faculty also has a broad array of therapeutic interests, including cancer, inflammation, infectious diseases, bone, and substance use disorders (e.g., alcoholism and opioid addiction). However, candidates with interest in other therapeutic areas are encouraged to apply. 


We welcome candidates who demonstrate a strong potential for cutting edge research, a commitment to supporting the educational objectives of graduate and professional degree programs, and a desire to work in an environment that promotes excellence and interdisciplinary collaboration in the UH Research priority area of Health. 


Interested individuals should provide (1) a cover letter containing a brief statement of how their research program will synergize with the Department, especially that of the medicinal chemistry discipline, (2) a statement of research accomplishments and future research goals, (3) a statement of teaching expertise, philosophy, and interests, (4) a curriculum vitae, and (5) contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 


The University of Houston is a Carnegie-Designated Tier 1 public research university and a member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center (TMC), which houses major academic research, programs in cancer, genetics, and neuroscience with a significant focus on translational research. The TMC also provides excellent opportunities for collaborative biomedical research. With over 46,000 students, UH offers a comprehensive range of programs across 15 colleges, fostering innovation in fields such as energy, health, hospitality, business, education, law, STEM, and the humanities. Boasting top-tier faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, student success initiatives, and a strong commitment to community engagement, UH prepares students to thrive in a globally interconnected world while contributing impactful research and innovation to the region and beyond. 


The University's prime location in America's fourth-largest city supports extensive industry partnerships and experiential learning opportunities. Renowned for its energy industry and NASA's Space Center, Houston is home to a vibrant cultural scene with world-class museums, theaters, and restaurants. Houston thrives as a hub for innovation, education, and arts, fostering a unique blend of community charm and modern progress. 


The University of Houston is also responsive to the needs of dual-career couples. 


The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution and recognizes protected classes of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), genetic information, religion, age (40 and above), national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or status, and gender expression as required by federal law. Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  



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