Director, Medicinal Chemistry and Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy

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About the College of Pharmacy

The University of Cincinnati’s James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy announces an open-rank tenure-track faculty position for an accomplished medicinal chemist.  

Job Overview

The successful applicant will serve as Director of Medicinal Chemistry for the emerging Cancer Drug Development Institute (CDDI) at the University of Cincinnati (UC).  The CDDI will be under the UC Cancer Center, comprised of investigators in UC Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Allied Health, and Engineering, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and UC Health (clinical arm of adult cancer medicine).  This medicinal chemist faculty position is to be filled by July 1, 2023 so that the medicinal chemistry lab will be operational by Fall 2023, independent of the CDDI timetable.  The primary appointment will be in Pharmacy; a secondary appointment in Medicine is possible.  An essentially new, ~2000 sq. ft. medicinal chemistry laboratory plus additional labs for computational and cell biological research are immediately available to the hire.

Essential Functions

  • Attend meetings, participate in governance, prepare materials for teaching.
  • Evaluate and develop curriculum for department and/or college.
  • Conduct and teach assigned undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses and seminars.
  • Serve as an academic adviser for students and evaluate student coursework.
  • Serve on college or university committees and participate in curriculum development activities.
  • Serve on graduate committees, supervise laboratories (where appropriate), independent study activities, and off-campus learning.
  • Engage in other activities ancillary to or in support of his or her responsibilities.
  • Render service to the professional or lay community which is relevant to the individual’s academic specialty.
  • Review, and where necessary, respond in a timely manner to all University-related communications.

Minimum Requirements

  • The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. degree and postdoctoral experience in medicinal chemistry or closely related field, and have expertise in computational chemistry (virtual drug design and hit-to-lead compound discovery) and synthetic organic chemistry, as evidenced by patents, publications and an extensive extramural funding history.  
  • Experience in commercialization of new molecular entities is ideal.  
  • The hire will be expected to provide 70% salary support via external funds, and to collaborate extensively with UC cancer researchers toward achieving NCI program project grants and novel lead compound design, discovery and development.  
  • Minimal teaching of medicinal chemistry in graduate-level courses may be expected.  

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit via e-mail:

  • Cover letter summarizing professional experience.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • 1-2 page research statement describing your 5-year plan as an independent researcher as well as how specifically you would contribute to the CDDI.
  • Contact information for three references to Dr. Christopher Surratt, Dean, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy (  

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.




The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 92267


Director, Medicinal Chemistry and Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy

Date:  May 19, 2023

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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