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Assistant Professor - Biochemistry

University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 2, 2023

Job Details

UNO is Nebraska's public metropolitan research university - a university with strong academic values, diverse programs and learning opportunities, and significant relationships with our community that facilitate engaged teaching and research.

Job Title
Assistant Professor - Biochemistry


Essential Functions

The Chemistry Department at the University of Nebraska Omaha ( UNO ) invites applications for a tenure-track position in biochemistry. As part of our strategic plan to expand and enhance STEM education and research in the Department and on campus, we seek candidates who will focus on effective teaching, enhancing learning through diversity and inclusion, and developing a productive research program. We will accept applications for appointment at the assistant professor rank. A Ph.D. in biochemistry or related field at time of application is required. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred.

The successful candidate will contribute to the teaching mission of the Department, establish productive research collaborations, and actively seek external funding to establish a productive research program. Teaching foundational courses in general chemistry and biochemistry is expected. Teaching in-depth courses in an area of expertise is encouraged.

The Chemistry Department currently has 19 faculty members serving over 100 undergraduate majors and supporting approximately 900 students per semester from other disciplines in undergraduate courses ( ). Undergraduate education is the primary mission of the Department, and research involving undergraduate students is supported by the university and expected for tenure-track faculty. Faculty in the Department are committed to both education and research and many are actively engaged in multidisciplinary projects, including programs supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition, the Department has a close collaboration with the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center ( UNMC ). This collaboration involves both courses and research and the candidate would have the opportunity to join that collaboration. The Department offers an ACS -accredited Bachelor’s degree as well as Bachelor’s programs in Medicinal Chemistry, Chemistry Education, and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The University, College, and Department have a strong commitment to diversity in its varied forms and to fostering an inclusive and welcoming learning environment where students, faculty and staff thrive and succeed. With a metropolitan mission, UNO serves a diverse student body with a large number of first-generation college students, and is also actively engaged with the community ( UNO is both a metropolitan university of distinction and a Carnegie Doctoral Research institution. UNO transforms and improves the quality of life locally, nationally, and globally. The successful candidate will become part of a dynamic and growing program in the College of Arts and Sciences that is actively engaged with other colleges on the campus as well as community partners.

The University and department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among the faculty and staff. The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. UNO is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an E-Verify employer.

Additional Duties

Participate in service assignments, undergraduate mentoring, engagement with curriculum and fostering best teaching practices; other duties as assigned.

Why UNO ?
The University of Nebraska at Omaha is fueled by its historical ties to Omaha. As the first municipal university in Omaha, the early founders’ goal was to make higher education accessible and affordable for the city’s residents. In 1968, the campus joined the University of Nebraska system, and today has the unique role of serving as the state’s metropolitan campus.

Accessibility remains a top priority in UNO’s mission and vision. Today, the campus is known for its student-centered environment, its community engagement, and its dedication to embracing students from all types of backgrounds. UNO’s ranking as the 2020 Best College for LGBTQ+ Students In Nebraska reflects a commitment to the Maverick values of access, inclusion and diversity that make UNO a welcoming campus community, evidenced by the numerous resources and support services offered by the university.

The campus has built strong partnerships with local business, education, government, arts, and civic organizations in the city. UNO’s commitment to community engagement has landed UNO on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for seven consecutive years—the highest federal recognition a school can receive for civic engagement. This honor is but one of many points of pride for UNO . In 2019, it was ranked in the top ten public institutions in the nation for military friendliness by Military Times magazine for the fifth consecutive year. Nearly 90 percent of UNO’s 15,500 students are from Nebraska, and roughly 60 percent of recent alumni surveyed report graduating with no debt or less than $5,000 in debt. It is simply one of the most competitively priced institutions in the region. UNO, while large enough to provide students with global opportunities, thrives on its personal and close-knit campus culture, where students come first and partnerships with the community grow every day. For more information about how UNO embraces its mission, see Growing With and Within Our Thriving Community:

Required Qualifications

A Ph.D. in Chemistry or Biochemistry or related field at the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications

Postdoctoral research and teaching experience.

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Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, please submit the following application materials electronically through the UNO Employment site at .

Complete the online application and upload 1) a cover letter; 2) a curriculum vitae with the contact information for three references; 3) statement of research goals; 4) statement of teaching experiences and interests and past teaching/mentoring evaluations if available; 5) a DEI statement that describes how the applicant fosters a welcoming and inclusive environment for learners with diverse backgrounds, cultural experiences, and perspectives; 6) a “portfolio” PDF file of up to 4 representative publications.

Inquiries about the position may be directed to Dr. John Conrad ( . Review of applications will begin January 15, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please apply by the review date.


University of Nebraska Omaha

UNO is Nebraska's metropolitan university — a university with strong academic values and significant relationships with our community that transforms and improves the lives of those on a local, regional, national, and international level.

UNO is dedicated to the city and state in our name. No fences or barriers separate students from the opportunities offered by the greater Omaha area. We address real issues, providing relevant learning opportunities that uniquely prepare our graduates as professionals and active members of their community.

UNO is located in the heart of Omaha, Nebraska, its roads winding through city parks and thriving neighborhoods, creating an extraordinary connection that few universities have achieved. The city itself has truly become a part of the UNO campus.

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