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Chemistry & Biochemistry: Assistant Professor of Chemical Biology (initial review Nov. 14, 2023)

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor of Chemical Biology
Salary range: The proposed academic-year (9-month) salary range for this position is $98,300 - $110,600. A salary within this range will be offered to the successful candidate, commensurate with qualifications and experience. The appointee will be able to receive additional compensation during summer months using research funds, subject to campus policies. A 9-month salary higher than $110,600 can only be offered subject to exceptional approval by the Campus Provost / Executive Vice-Chancellor, and only in cases where a candidate has a competing offer in hand for a (9-month) salary that exceeds $110,600. A generous start-up package will be provided; we encourage negotiations on the start-up package during the offer process.
Percent time: Full-time, 100%
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024, with the academic year beginning in September 2024. All requirements must be met by June 30, 2024 for employment effective July 1, 2024.

Application Window

Open date: September 15, 2023

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Nov 14, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), as part of the Global and Community Health Initiative, invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in chemical biology at the Assistant Professor level. Applicants should be able to contribute to the department’s focus areas of chemical biology, natural products chemistry, organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry, or pharmacology. We seek candidates with expertise in chemical biology, applied organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry, or computational chemistry as applied to the design of novel drugs, chemical probes, or biomaterials. We seek candidates with a strong background and publication record in chemical biology, and whose projected research program will address questions at the interface of chemistry and biology.

We seek scholars with the capacity to teach topics in organic chemistry and chemical biology at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including supervision and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the teaching, research, and service missions of the department: by the creation of an innovative research program with a strong extramural funding base, teaching and mentoring a diverse population of students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and providing service and leadership to the campus and the international scientific community. It is anticipated that the research program of the successful candidate will benefit from divisional core facilities including (but not limited to) CryoEM, NMR, Chemical Screening Center, X-ray, and mass spectrometry.

UCSC is distinguished by our high-impact research and our commitment to diversity, social justice, the environment, and educational opportunity. We recognize the inherent link between diversity, innovation, and excellence in all aspects of the academic enterprise. Our innovative approach to research and experiential education provides a transformative student experience. UCSC is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. UCSC enrolls over 18,000 students, many from historically underserved communities; over 34% are first-generation and approximately 40% are Pell recipients. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minoritized scientists who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. UCSC is committed to addressing the holistic needs of faculty. We also welcome applications from those who have had non-traditional career paths, who have taken time off for personal reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia.

This job description provides a portrait of an ideal candidate. Candidates who possess many, though perhaps not all, qualifications are encouraged to apply.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in chemistry or a related discipline such as biomedical sciences, chemical biology, biochemistry (biological sciences), medicinal chemistry, biotechnology, bioinformatics, pharmaceutical sciences, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, molecular biology, medicine, or pharmacology.
  • At least one year of post-doctoral research experience expected to be completed by June 30, 2024.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include a list of published papers, manuscripts accepted for publication, posted preprints, proposals submitted and awarded, classes taught, students supervised/mentored, awards, and other relevant signs of preparation and recognition.

  • Research Proposal** - The proposal should strive to appeal to both chemistry and biology audiences. This statement should focus on 1) your most innovative achievements, 2) your overall goals and vision for a research program at UC Santa Cruz, 3) and the experience and qualifications that make you particularly well-suited to achieve those goals. 2-4 pages.

  • Representative publication(s) (1-3, optional) - Preprints or accepted (but still unpublished) manuscripts may be submitted. If submitting multiple publications, please combine into one PDF.

  • Teaching and mentoring statement - This statement should focus on 1) your previous formal (classroom, laboratory) teaching contributions and future teaching goals, 2) your previous mentoring/supervision contributions and future mentoring goals, 3) your approach to using inclusive and effective practices in teaching and mentoring. 1-2 pages.

  • Statement addressing contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, or service** - This statement should address your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, and professional or public service. 1 page.

    ** Initial applicant screens will focus only on these elements: Research Proposal and Statement addressing contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please review UCSC’s guidelines on the elements of good contributions to diversity statement here for your reference. This committee will be referring to this rubric for our combined DEI & Research Statement screening.

  • Statement of potential collaborative research efforts - This statement should focus on potential collaborations at UCSC that will further the goals of your research proposal. ½ page.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of five will be accepted). Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

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