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Assistant Adjunct Professor - Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR)

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Adjunct Professor

Application Window

Open date: June 17th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Aug 30, 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: Thursday, Jun 16, 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 Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) in the Division of Health Sciences at UC San Diego is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. SSPPS accepts only post-baccalaureate students, has a joint curriculum with the UC San Diego School of Medicine, and is competitive nationally for the top tier of pharmacy school applicants. Current enrollment is 240 Pharm.D. Students, 60 Ph.D. students, and 25 pharmacy residents. The NAPLEX national board exam passing rate for first time takers among our students has been approximately 100% since the first graduating class. The School is ranked among leading pharmacy schools in its research endeavors and grant funding. A large proportion of its graduates engage in post-graduate training and pursues joint degrees. SSPPS is based at the world-renowned La Jolla campus of UC San Diego with year-round access to both winter and summer recreational activities. UC San Diego Health System is the only academic medical center in San Diego providing leading-edge patient care, biomedical research, education and community service through two hospital locations and a network of outpatient facilities. UC San Diego Health System is a designated Level 1 Trauma and Regional Burn Center; Joint Commission accredited Stroke Center, and provides comprehensive cancer care at the Moore’s Cancer Center. In 2020-21, UC San Diego Health System is ranked in the top 50 in the nation by US News and World Report in 16 adult specialties; the Health System is ranked first in San Diego metro area and sixth in California.

The UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) is recruiting an outstanding applicant at the Assistant Adjunct Professor Level with analytical chemistry, clinical chemistry, forensic, and toxicology experience. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent laboratory research program complementing current SSPPS and institutional strengths in cannabis science, substance abuse and addictive disorders, neurobiology, clinical pharmacology, clinical chemistry, forensics, and toxicology. Expertise in validating laboratory developed tests (LDTs) in a high-complexity accredited laboratory setting is required, including the development, validation, and implementation of targeted and untargeted mass spectrometry assays for cannabinoids and other small molecules. Training and/or knowledge in informatics and/or experience with successful implementation and maintenance of QA/QC programs is highly desirable.

The successful candidate will be expected to play a leadership role in the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR)/SSPPS Cannabis Reference Laboratory, which will support California’s cannabis laws and regulations. Candidate will develop collaborative relationships with academic and staff at a levels within SSPPS, the School of Medicine, and the CMCR. Duties will also include active participation in the educational mission of SSPPS including the teaching of pharmacy students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows.

Review of applications will commence on July 19, 2021 and will be ongoing based on the needs of Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on the University of California pay scales. As a member of the Health Sciences Compensation Plan, the appointee should be aware that there are limitations on outside professional activities and clinical moonlighting is expressly prohibited. Additional information can be found here:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Doctorate degree or its equivalent, including but not limited to PhD, or PharmD, or its field of study.

    Completion of a postgraduate residency or fellowship

    Experience in analytical chemistry, clinical chemistry, forensic, and toxicology

    Demonstrates outstanding scholarly achievement by publications and research products

    Expertise in laboratory developed tests (LDTs), informatics, and the implementation and maintenance of a QA/QC program

    Knowledge in the development, validation, and implementation of targeted and untargeted mass spectrometry assays for cannabinoids and other small molecules.

    Possess a strong clinical service, grant funding, and teaching and/or mentoring experience

    Ability to develop an independent laboratory research programs

    Leadership skills demonstrated by the experiences described in the application

    Ability to build a collaborative relationships with all academic and staff levels within the SSPPS, School of Medicine, and CMCR.

Preferred qualifications
    • American Board of Clinical Chemistry certified or eligible for certification

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.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 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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