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Tenure-Track Position in Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry at UNF invites applications for tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in the area of Biochemistry (position # 322890) to begin employment in August 2021. A Ph.D. in Biochemistry is required. A bachelor's degree in Chemistry 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. Initial review of applications will begin on 1/6/21, and continue until the position is filled. The university particularly encourages applications from women and minorities (see UNF Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity, Diversity Statement). UNF is an Equal Opportunity/ Equal Access, and Affirmative Action institution.

Applying for a Tenure Track Position

Applicants must complete the one-page online application and 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 all required documents have been received. The successful candidate will be required to supply official transcripts and proof of citizenship or legal resident status.


An on-line application must include all of the following materials:

  • Letter of interest,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework,
  • A statement of teaching philosophy including courses you are comfortable teaching and/or willing to develop (two-page maximum),
  • A summary of proposed independent research at UNF including discussion of potential funding sources (six-page maximum), 
  • A diversity and inclusion statement (two-page maximum) and
  • A start-up budget of $125,000 - $175,000 (one page).

Additionally, you should arrange to have three (3) letters of recommendation sent to (email versions of letters are preferred for consideration, but hardcopies are required for hiring). Address the recommendation letters to: Chemistry Tenure-Track Search Committee Position Number: 332890, Department of Chemistry University of North Florida 1 UNF Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32224. For further information, please contact Jenny Neidhardt at (904) 620-3503 or via e-mail at

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 are general chemistry, materials chemistry, pre-medical professions, and biochemistry.

Undergraduate Research

A focal point of the department's direction is to significantly increase undergraduate research opportunities for students and thus the profile of the chemistry program. In recent years, the chemistry faculty have increased external funding significantly and a majority of upper level undergraduate students now do research. There are several opportunities to display undergraduate research each year including the Chemistry, Physics, and Biology Poster Session presentation in the Fall and a university-wide research showcase (SOARs) in the Spring.

Facilities and Instrumentation

Teaching labs, research labs, and faculty offices are on the second and third floors of the Science & Engineering Building, which opened in 2004 and is currently under renovation. Each tenured or tenure-track faculty member has a research lab with fume hood located near to their office. The department has a wide array of analytical instrumentation , including a single-crystal XRD, that are available for both teaching and research. UNF recently established the Materials Science and Engineering Research Facility (MSERF), which houses a variety of instrumentation available to faculty in the Chemistry Department.

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 twelve 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 six colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences; the Coggin College of Business; the College of Computing, Engineering, & Construction; the Brooks College of Health; the College of Education and Human Services; and, the Hicks Honors College.


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 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 includes an award-winning Student Union Building and Student Wellness Complex.


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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 Football 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 Johnson & Johnson, Anheuser-Busch, and Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. More information about the City of Jacksonville can be found at