Assistant Professor, Biochemistry

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The University of Denver is situated in the Denver metro area, a vibrant and diverse urban center in the Rocky Mountain region that is home to nearly 2.6 million people. Our urban location supports faculty and student relationships with a number of local educational and cultural institutions. The University, ranked in the top 100 universities in the country, is comprised of approximately 5600 undergraduates, 6200 graduate students, and nearly 700 full-time faculty. DU and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on its commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry ( offers undergraduate degrees in chemistry, biochemistry and environmental chemistry and graduate degrees with specialization in analytical, biophysical, environmental, and organic chemistry and biochemistry.

Position Summary

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has an opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor starting September 1, 2022.  The successful candidate will be expected to establish a high-impact research program supported by external grants that augments the research directions of the Department and to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in chemistry and biochemistry. The ideal candidate demonstrates experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service. The start date is September 1, 2022.

Essential Functions

  • Manage a high-impact research program that augments the research directions of the Department, including both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Secure research funding from extramural granting agencies.
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in a manner that creates a supportive learning environment for students with a range of backgrounds and professional goals.
  • Perform committee assignments in support of Departmental goals.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of biochemistry and chemistry.
  • Commitment and ability to supervise undergraduate and graduate research in biochemistry.
  • Commitment and ability to teach innovative chemistry courses for science majors and graduate students.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence

Required Qualifications

  • PhD degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry, or a closely related field.
  • Minimum of one year of postdoctoral experience.
  • Record of high-impact research accomplishments.
  • Experience teaching undergraduate chemistry or biochemistry as a teaching assistant.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience supervising students in a research lab.
  • Recipient of a competitive postdoctoral fellowship.
  • Experience teaching at the college level.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Friday, November 12, 2021. Review of candidates will continue until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.  Questions regarding the position should be directed to Martin Margittai (

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $85,000 - $88,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. A 5-page summary of research plans
  4. Teaching statement (one-page) including approach to working with a diverse student population
  5. One-page statement of how the applicant can contribute to DU’s values, practices, and actions regarding diversity, equity, and inclusivity
  6. Names and addresses of 3 professional references who may be contacted by members of the search committee

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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