Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (9-mo-TT)

Alabama, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 20, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences invites individuals interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for an assistant professor position (biochemistry) in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, beginning August 2021. This tenure-track, full-time faculty position is a 9-month appointment.

Qualified candidates will hold a Ph.D. degree in chemistry or biochemistry from an institutionally accredited university. Postdoctoral research and/or teaching experience is desirable. Primary teaching responsibilities will be in biochemistry, with additional duties in general chemistry or chemistry for health sciences. The successful applicant will be expected to develop an active research program in biochemistry (broadly defined) involving students.  Start-up funds are available along with support for summer research students. Collaborative research opportunities are also available at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Southern Research Institute (in Birmingham). The successful applicant will be expected to participate in various service activities in the department, college and larger university community.

The department currently comprises eight full-time faculty members, offers majors in chemistry and biochemistry, and graduates about ten majors per year. For more information, see the department web page:

Samford University ( is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama. Located in suburban Birmingham, the University was founded in 1841 and has 425 full time faculty and more than 5,700 students representing 44 states and 30 countries. Samford has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 2nd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. The University is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting. The University offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package.

Applications will be accepted beginning January 21, 2021 and review of applications will begin March 1, 2021.   Applications will not be accepted after March 1, 2021. Please submit an application letter, curriculum vitae with names and contact information of three references, description of teaching experience, description of research interests and activities, along with an application for faculty position and the faculty applicant Christian mission statement (links below). Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience.  The successful candidate must pass a background check. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States, as Samford will not sponsor any employment visas for this position.  Samford University and the Howard College of Arts and Sciences embrace diversity in their faculty, students, and staff and encourage applications from those who would add to the diversity of our academic community.  

“Application for Faculty Position” can be found at:

“Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement” can be found at:

Please submit all materials in PDF format to:

ATTN: Chemistry Faculty

Questions may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Chris Pursell (


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