Faculty Position

The Department of Chemistry is searching for one full-time, tenure-track assistant professor specializing in biochemistry . Employment is expected to begin in August 2015 for this position. The University particularly encourages applications from women and minorities. UNF is an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access, and Affirmative Action Institution.

 

Applicants must complete a one-page online application (see below) and submit/mail all required documents to be considered for this position. If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, please read the following information carefully and then follow the application directions.

The Tenure-Track Position - Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry at UNF invites application for one tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in the area of Biochemistry (position # 318520)  to begin employment in August 2015. A Ph.D. in biochemistry or chemistry is required and postdoctoral experience is preferred. Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to quality instruction and to the development of an externally-funded research program and publications in peer-reviewed journals involving undergraduates. Review of applications will begin on October 13, 2014.

 

The university particularly encourages applications from women and minorities.  UNF is an Equal Opportunity/ Equal Access, and Affirmative Action institution.

Applying for the Tenure Track Position

Applicants must complete the one-page online application (see www.unfjobs.org if the link fails to operate correctly here, please paste the link into your browser) and must submit all required documents. Applicants who do not apply online or do not submit all the required documentation will not be considered for the position. When you apply online, you will receive a confirmation number which indicates your application was processed; however, the confirmation number does not mean that your application is complete. Your application is not complete until you have uploaded the required documents and the hiring officer receives all of the required documentation noted below. The successful candidate for the position will be required to supply official transcripts and proof of citizenship or legal resident status.

 

In addition to submission of all online material (letter of interest, CV, unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework, and a combined statement of teaching philosophy and summary of current research projects and proposals for independent research at UNF), you must listed your start up requirements on the application and arrange to have the following sent:

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation to kenneth.laali@unf.edu (email versions of the letters are allowed initially, but hardcopies on official letterhead may be required) to be sent to the address below):
Kenneth Laali, Ph.D.
Chair, Chemistry Search Committee
Department of Chemistry
University of North Florida
1 UNF Dr., 50/3500
Jacksonville, FL   32224-7699

More about the Department

Degrees Offered

As detailed on our programs of study page, the chemistry department offers an ACS-accredited B.S. degree in Chemistry and typically graduates 20-25 majors per year. The undergraduate areas of concentration in pre-medical professions and materials chemistry were put into place two years ago and have generated high interest for our majors.  A third area of concentration in Biochemistry has recently been added and is expected to lead to a significant increase in the number of our majors.

Undergraduate Research

A focal point of the department’s direction is to significantly increase the undergraduate research opportunities for students and thus the profile of the chemistry program. In recent years, the chemistry faculty has increased external funding significantly and as a result a majority of upper level undergraduate students now do research. Currently over 30 students are doing research each year. To go along with this emphasis in undergraduate research we have significantly increased the available startup funds for newly hired faculty members.  There are several opportunities to display undergraduate research each year starting off with the Natural Sciences Poster Session presentation in the Fall.  This event is jointly sponsored by the Chemistry, Physics, and Biology Departments to showcase student research work with their faculty mentors.  Students have opportunity to speak to their peers and others about where their work has taken them.

Facilities and Instrumentation

Teaching labs, research labs, and faculty offices are on the second and third floors in the south wing of the Science & Engineering Building, which opened in 2004. Each tenured or tenure-track faculty member has a 400 sq. ft. research lab with fume hood located near to their office. The department has a wide array of analytical equipment that is available for both teaching and research. Any or all of this equipment is available for research and can thus be factored into decisions about start-up funds.

 

NMR Facility: A 500 MHz Varian, Inc. NMR was purchased and installed in 2007. This resulted from the generous donation from contact lens manufacturer, Vistakon (Johnson & Johnson). The instrument has a variety of probes (see below), 50-position auto-sampler, and extended temperature range capability for VT work.

  • 1H-19F/15N-31P 5 mm PFG AutoX DB Probe
  • 13C{1H/19F} 5 mm PFG Triple Resonance Probe
  • 1H{15N-31P} 4 mm PFG Indirect Detection Nano Probe
  • 3.2 mm NB Triple Resonance HXY MAS Solids Probe

Through a successful recent NSF-MRI grant, the department is acquiring a single crystal X-ray diffractometer.  Another recent departmental acquisition is an LC-MS instrument: LTQ XL High Performance Linear Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer with ESI Probe and UltiMate 3000 HPLC. The department employs a full-time Ph.D. analytical instrumentation facility manager to assist and maintain the NMR facility,, and other major instrumentation in the department including current and future acquisitions, thereby providing the right environment for our faculty and students to successfully use these instruments in their research and teaching.

Collaborative Opportunities

Proximity to the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville and several other major industries and companies with significant research investment in health- and/or bio-related areas in and around Jacksonville (see also below), provides real opportunities for collaborative interactions. The Chemistry Department is actively developing mutually beneficial interactions with these institutions. New faculty are encouraged to explore these avenues as they establish their careers.

About UNF

The University of North Florida (UNF) seeks to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber, skilled in the scholarship of teaching, discovery, application, and integration of knowledge. The University, one of eleven public universities in the state of Florida, enrolls nearly 17,000 students with a 22% minority student population and international students from 72 foreign countries. Academic programs are housed in five colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences; the Coggin College of Business; the College of Computing, Engineering, & Construction; the Brooks College of Health; and the College of Education and Human Services.

 

UNF is a comprehensive four-year institution nestled in the urban south side of Jacksonville; the campus is a refuge from the busy city infrastructure and is less than ten minutes from the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. It encompasses a wetlands area of more than 1,300 acres and the 390 acre Sawmill Slough Nature Preserve, . The student population is predominately first time in college (FTIC) and transfer students from local state and regional community colleges. Most students live off campus, although on-campus housing has space for more than 5,000. The campus is continually expanding and an award-winning Student Union Building, and a Student Wellness Complex for fitness and sports-learning, have recently opened.

 

Please visit our home page at http://www.unf.edu for additional information about the University of North Florida.

About Jacksonville

Jacksonville is a sprawling metropolis of over 1 million people on the banks of the St Johns River in northeast Florida. Home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, a National Footbal League franchise, the city extends 40 miles east to west across the whole of Duval county, from the Intercoastal Waterway to Baldwin. Jacksonville is home to a wide variety of major businesses including Vistakon (Johnson & Johnson), Anheuser-Busch, and Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, which is located just five miles from the UNF campus. More information about the City of Jacksonville can be found at http://www.coj.net.