Job ID: 220292

Assistant Professor Translational Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Kentucky

  • Aug. 26, 2023
  • Assistant Professor Translational Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • University of Kentucky
    Lexington, KY
  • Open until filled
  • Fall 2024
  • Assistant Professor
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy invites applications for 12-month tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level, with an anticipated Fall 2024 start date. We seek candidates with diverse backgrounds and life experiences who can help grow our translational program and align with the COP’s P20 Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for Translational Chemical Biology. This would include, but is not limited to: innovative approaches to chemical biology and/or medicinal/natural products chemistry in translational drug discovery and development; pharmaceutics, targeted drug delivery and/or PKPD in the drug development process; or pharmacogenomics and/or novel tools to improve personalized diagnostics and therapeutics. Special consideration will be given to candidates whose research interests complement the College’s signature existing and emerging research themes (including substance use disorders, infectious diseases, cancer, neurological disorders, metabolic syndrome, and immune modulation of disease). Motivated applicants with research expertise related to other health problems are also encouraged to apply.

The University of Kentucky, the College of Pharmacy, and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences are strongly committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Therefore, we highly encourage applications from and nominations of candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups. To learn more about our College’s perspective on diversity, equity, and inclusion, see our Vision, Mission, and Value Statements and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Web Page.

Candidates must possess a PharmD, PhD, MD, PharmD/PhD, MD/PhD, or another advanced degree in pharmaceutical sciences or a related discipline. Candidates must also provide evidence for outstanding scholarship, research productivity, and their commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in research, teaching, and service. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an extramurally funded, nationally recognized, collaborative research program. The selected candidate will also be expected to contribute to the teaching, advising, and mentoring of Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), undergraduate, and graduate students in a manner that supports diversity and inclusion.

A primary mission of The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy is to improve health by developing innovative approaches for the treatment of disease. Our faculty create and lead collaborative, interdisciplinary efforts within our University’s dynamic and growing research and clinical enterprises, with a particular focus on translating discoveries to impact patients. The College of Pharmacy resides in a 286,000 sq. ft. building located next to the Biomedical Biological Sciences Research Building and the recently opened Healthy Kentucky Research Building that also house pharmacy faculty. All three buildings are at the center of the combined medical and academic campus, facilitating close interactions with other departments and centers at the University of Kentucky. These include nationally recognized centers of excellence in neuroscience (Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute), cancer (NCI-designated Markey Cancer Center), cardiovascular disease (Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, Gill Heart and Vascular Institute), and clinical/translational research (Center for Clinical and Translational Science). In addition, the College houses research centers that cultivate and provide expertise in all aspects of drug discovery and development as well as translational science. These include the Molecular Modeling and Biopharmaceuticals Center, the Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice, and the Center for Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation. The College of Pharmacy is also home to the new COBRE in Translational and Chemical Biology, a primary mission of which is to support junior faculty in their research and career development. In addition, the College of Pharmacy financially supports various initiatives to foster interdepartmental and inter-collegiate collaborations.

Application materials must include:
1) Curriculum vitae,
2) Research statement including a summary of research goals (under specific request #1)
3) Teaching and mentoring philosophy statement (under specific request #2)
4) Diversity statement detailing the candidate’s background and experience with and commitment to diversity and inclusion in their academic responsibilities (under specific request #3)
5) Names of three persons who may be contacted for reference letters.

For questions about the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Oleg Tsodikov ( For questions regarding submitting application materials, contact UK Human Resources ( or call 859-257-9555, option 2).
Assessment of candidate applications will start immediately and the position will be open until filled. To assure full consideration, application materials should be received by December 5, 2023.

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