Open Faculty Positions

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the assistant professor level.  Exceptional applicants at the associate or full professor label may be considered for a Fall 2016 start date.  We are seeking candidates who will develop strong, nationally and internationally recognized interdisciplinary research programs.  The first position combines computational chemistry with other areas of research.  We are especially interested in applications-driven computational research programs focusing on problems in material science and energy production/storage.  The research area for the second position is open, but we are specifically interested in candidates whose research activities will complement and strengthen existing strengths at UK, such as materials, energy, or biological/pharmaceutical chemistry. 

Initial consideration of complete applications will begin Oct. 14, 2013, with an anticipated start date of August 2014.  The University of Kentucky is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and is located in an increasingly diverse geographical region.  It is committed to becoming one of the top public institutions in the country.  Women, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.  The University also supports family-friendly policies.

The Department of Chemistry has extensive research programs in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry and maintains numerous facilities that may aid the research program of new faculty.

The department houses an NMR facility with four NMR spectrometers (two 400 MHz Varian INOVA, a 600 MHz Varian INOVA, and a 400 MHz Varian solid-state NMR), and has a crystallographic facility that includes a Bruker-Nonius X8 Proteum (Cu, rotating anode) and Nonius KappaCCD (Mo) diffractometer, each with low temperature capabilities.  The Department also administers the University of Kentucky Mass Spectrometry Facility (UKMSF), which, like the NMR facility, serves the mass spectrometric needs of the entire University.  Large-scale Computing facilities at UK include a new HP Superdome supercomputer, with 224 processors capable of 672 GFLOPS and dedicated software (Gaussian 03, ACES II, GAMESS) for electronic structure calculations.  Additional facilities available on campus include a DNA sequencing lab, animal facilities including a transgenic core, a cord blood bank, an ecological research facility, electron and confocal microscopy facilities, flow cytometry, and a microarray core.

Situated in Lexington, in the heart of the beautiful Bluegrass region of Kentucky, the University of Kentucky is a comprehensive research university with a large medical center. Student enrollment on the Lexington campus exceeds 27,000 with a total faculty of about 1,900.  The Department of Chemistry currently has 27 faculty members and offers B.S., B.A., M.S., and Ph. D. degree programs.  Many of our faculty have active collaborations with colleagues in other departments and colleges, including the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, Agriculture, the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and the Center for Applied Energy Research.

Successful candidates should be dedicated to excellence in teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  Applicants should consult the list of courses taught by this department, and include in your cover letter a listing of the courses that you would be interested in teaching. 

As of October 4th, the department began accepting application materials through webform.  This is the department's preferred method of accepting materials as it can expedite the process.  If materials have already been submitted, do not resubmit materials through this form.  Previously submitted materials will be processed normally and you will be notified once they have been received and processed.

As of February 5th,  the department is in the advanced stages of the application/interview processes and the webform has been closed.

As of February 18th, the open position has been filled and the search is closed.

Questions may be sent to chemistry@uky.edu.

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