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University of Utah Assistant Professor, Chemical Biology (Faculty) in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position/Rank Assistant Professor - Chemical Biology

Department 01502 - Department of Biochemistry

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin Flexible


We invite applicants for two tenure-track faculty positions 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, synthetic biology, and innovative applications of chemistry at interfaces with infectious disease, immunology, cancer, metabolism, or neuroscience.

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 5 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, 2021. 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 Katie Brough at

This position has no patient contact.


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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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/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

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.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Online reports may be submitted at

For more information:

To inquire about this posting, ( or call 801-581-2300.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Please apply online and include a cover letter, current CV, and Research Statement. Reference letters will be automatically solicited upon application processing.

For required diversity statement, please attach under document called “Other”

Open Date 08/27/2021

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN02730F

Type Faculty