University of California, San Diego

Assistant Professor (Tenure) in Chemistry & Biochemistry

Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the Division of Physical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD; is seeking applications for outstanding faculty at the Assistant Professor level. UC San Diego is forging a new paradigm for engagement and collaboration between STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences and the Social Sciences/Arts & Humanities ( This faculty line is one of 13 ladder-rank faculty positions that unites STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences departments and African American and the Black Diaspora Studies through innovative research, coordinated teaching, and/or targeted service. Faculty will have multiple opportunities to engage with scholars across UCSD disciplines to address issues of race and racism, access and equity, and social and political influences focused on STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences, while also working within their home departments and professional communities.

Faculty holding these positions will be expected to design and teach undergraduate courses that align with the African American Studies Minor (AASM) and the Black Diaspora and African American Studies Major. They may also demonstrate the equivalent through service to the AASM and by mentoring undergraduate students, and/or development of a course in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry that fulfills the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion requirement for undergraduate students. This instruction would be part of the standard teaching load that includes regular courses in Chemistry and/or Biochemistry (see below). We seek candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service advance anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and justice in STEM/Public Health/Health Sciences. We welcome candidates whose experiences have facilitated their understanding of traditionally underrepresented racial minority communities. Faculty are expected to have an inclusive stance on mentoring and advising that incorporates working with women and underrepresented racial minority undergraduate and graduate students.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a rich history of interdisciplinary research and thus, all research areas within chemistry and biochemistry will be considered.

For applicants with interest in spousal/partner employment, please see for the UC San Diego Partner Opportunities Program.


Qualifications Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidate with a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related discipline.

Candidates with a strong record of successful mentorship and a record of service activities that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred qualifications

Candidates who have created or contributed to programs that aim to increase access and success of underrepresented students and faculty in the sciences.

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 letters of reference required

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The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location La Jolla, California

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Last updated: 2021-07-15