Professor and Head of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Purdue University in Indiana

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted January 29, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

The College of Pharmacy at Purdue University is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Full Professor and Head of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology. The Department, one of three within the College, is known nationally for its academic rigor and for its research on problems relevant to drug discovery and mechanisms of drug action. The Departments research activities are categorized in seven focus areas: medicinal chemistry and chemical biology; cancer research; molecular and cellular biology; molecular pharmacology; neuropharmacology; biophysical and computational chemistry; and systems biology and functional genomics. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to further develop, shape, and strengthen the Department by leading efforts to fill faculty vacancies at both senior and junior levels. 

Candidates should possess an earned doctorate in a relevant discipline, which includes, but is not limited to, Pharmacology or Medicinal Chemistry.  Candidates should also have an outstanding record of (i) research productivity, with funding in the form of peer-reviewed extramural research grants and/or contracts; (ii) teaching at the professional, graduate and/or undergraduate levels; (iii) engagement in interdisciplinary research initiatives; (iv) productive academic leadership; and (v)  institutional and extramural service. Prior administrative experience is desirable, but not required.


Candidates will: (i) provide sound fiscal management of the Department, which includes participation in annual fiscal planning and budgetary processes; (ii) provide leadership and vision in the development of a Departmental strategic plan that addresses the Departments learning, discovery, and engagement roles in the rapidly changing research environment; (iii) ensure that faculty, particularly new faculty, have the mentoring and support necessary for their success; (iv) provide leadership in, and develop collegial processes for, recruiting and hiring new faculty; (v) work closely with the Dean, the Deans administrative staff, and the heads of other departments in advancing the missions of the Department and the College; (vi) foster, support, and participate in the research activities of the Department, the goal of which is to generate  new knowledge. The Department Head will encourage, enhance, and actively work to develop interdisciplinary activities that advance the Departmental mission; (vii) the Department Head will have responsibility for, and will be an effective steward of, the Departments graduate courses and effective mentoring of graduate students in the Ph.D. program, teaching in didactic graduate courses as appropriate to Department needs and candidate expertise, at a level not to exceed 3 credit hours per semester or the equivalent; and (vii) in addition the Department Head will teach in the undergraduate and professional courses offered by the Department, which currently encompass the education and training of students in the Pharm.D. and B.S.P.S. programs, again as appropriate to Department needs and candidate expertise and at a level not to exceed 3 credit hours per semester or the equivalent, and providing enthusiastic leadership and support of these programs. 



Appointment to an Endowed Chair will be considered for appropriately qualified candidates. 


A complete position description and link to the application process can be found at


Applications should consist of 1) a letter describing interest, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) the names and contact information of at least three references.  These materials should be submitted electronically at  If you have questions about uploading documents or the search please contact Barb Mullenberg at  For technical assistance, please email



The review of applications will commence on January 22, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications will be held in confidence until the interview phase of the process, and applicants permission to contact references prior to that time will be obtained. 


A background check will be required for employment in this position.


Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

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