Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
May 13, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy invites applications and nominations for the position of Head, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences to lead a vibrant and energetic department at UIC, an international leader in teaching, research, and innovation. UIC College of Pharmacy consistently ranks in the top ten in NIH funding among pharmacy schools and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the #7 pharmacy school in the nation. The College will be home to a new 189,000-square-foot contemporary Drug Discovery and Cancer Research Pavilion that will enhance our collaborative environment to further drive innovative therapeutic discovery.


The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences focuses on drug discovery, delivery, and elucidating the mechanisms of drug action. The Department is home to nearly 300 individuals across two campuses in Chicago and Rockford, IL, comprising 55 full-time faculty, 60 courtesy/emeriti faculty, 135 trainees, and 40 staff. Faculty come from a variety of disciplines such as pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmacognosy, chemical biology, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, toxicology, pharmacy, engineering, and forensic science. Our graduate program offers areas of concentration in the departmental strengths of pharmaceutics and drug delivery, pharmacognosy, chemistry in drug discovery, molecular mechanisms and therapeutics, and forensics. The Department houses a number of interactive and innovative research units including the Center for Biomolecular SciencesInstitute for Tuberculosis ResearchPharmacognosy InstituteUIC CENTRE for Drug Discovery, and WHO Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine.


The ideal candidate will be a recognized leader in pharmaceutical sciences with a track record of promoting collaborative and multidisciplinary research. They will join the College leadership team to enhance existing collaborations and build new relationships throughout the College and University, including UIC’s six other Health Sciences Colleges. Applicants must possess a PhD or equivalent degree and be eligible for appointment at the rank of tenured Professor. We welcome applications from candidates with a strong record of scholarship, external funding, teaching, service, effective leadership abilities, and excellent interpersonal skills. The successful candidate must be committed to fostering an inclusive environment and to the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty and staff.


For fullest consideration interested candidates must apply through the University’s online application system and include a cover letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three references. The cover letter should contain a brief description of the applicant’s experience and research program, potential collaborations in the Department or the broader UIC community, motivation for applying, and leadership philosophy. The application should be submitted through:


Review of applications will begin immediately. The search will remain open until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, completed applications should be submitted by June 30, 2021.


The University of Illinois Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process.

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