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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Chemistry & Biochemistry

Application Window

Open date: July 1st, 2021

Last review date: Friday, Sep 17, 2021 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: Monday, Jan 31, 2022 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 in the Division of Physical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego ( is seeking applications for outstanding faculty at the Assistant Professor level. UC San Diego is forging a new paradigm for engagement and collaboration between STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences and the Social Sciences/Arts & Humanities ( This faculty line is one of 13 ladder-rank faculty positions that unites STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences departments and African American and the Black Diaspora Studies through innovative research, coordinated teaching, and/or targeted service. Faculty will have multiple opportunities to engage with scholars across UCSD disciplines to address issues of race and racism, access and equity, and social and political influences focused on STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences, while also working within their home departments and professional communities.

Faculty holding these positions will be expected to design and teach undergraduate courses that align with the African American Studies Minor (AASM) and the Black Diaspora and African American Studies Major. They may also demonstrate the equivalent through service to the AASM and by mentoring undergraduate students, and/or development of a course in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry that fulfills the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion requirement for undergraduate students. This instruction would be part of the standard teaching load that includes regular courses in Chemistry and/or Biochemistry (see below). We seek candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service advance anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and justice in STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences. We welcome candidates whose experiences have facilitated their understanding of traditionally underrepresented racial minority communities. Faculty are expected to have an inclusive stance on mentoring and advising that incorporates working with women and underrepresented racial minority undergraduate and graduate students.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a rich history of interdisciplinary research and thus, all research areas within chemistry and biochemistry will be considered.

In addition to a successful research program in chemistry and/or biochemistry, candidates are expected to establish an impactful record of teaching at the lower division, upper division, and/or graduate-level courses in chemistry/biochemistry.

Review of applications will commence on August 1, 2021 and will continue until positions are filled. The following materials are required for all applicants: cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research, statement of teaching, statement of past experience in activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions (examples can be found here, and up to five publications. Applicants should request that at least three letters of reference be submitted on their behalf. Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego’s Academic Personnel RECRUIT System.

For applicants with interest in spousal/partner employment, please see for the UC San Diego Partner Opportunities Program.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Candidate with a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related discipline.

    Candidates with a strong record of successful mentorship and a record of service activities that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred qualifications

    Candidates who have created or contributed to programs that aim to increase access and success of underrepresented students and faculty in the sciences.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Publication 1

  • Publication 2 (Optional)

  • Publication 3 (Optional)

  • Publication 4 (Optional)

  • Publication 5 (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required
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Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

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Job location

La Jolla, California