Assistant Professor – Biochemistry

University of Nebraska at Omaha

The Chemistry Department at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) invites applications for a tenure-track position in biochemistry. As part of our strategic plan to expand and enhance STEM education and research in the Department and on campus, we seek candidates who will focus on effective teaching, enhancing learning through diversity and inclusion, and developing a productive research program. We will accept applications for appointment at the assistant professor rank. A Ph.D. in biochemistry or related field at time of application is required. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred.

The successful candidate will contribute to the teaching mission of the Department, establish productive research collaborations, and actively seek external funding to establish a productive research program. Teaching foundational courses in general chemistry and biochemistry is expected.  Teaching in-depth courses in an area of expertise is encouraged.

Essential Functions:

The successful candidates will contribute to the teaching mission of the Department, actively seek external funding to establish a productive research program and establish collaborative efforts with the University of Nebraska Medical Center to enhance opportunities for undergraduate Chemistry majors. Teaching foundational courses and in-depth courses in chemistry, including courses in biochemistry, is expected. The chemistry research subdiscipline should involve research in the field of biochemistry, and the Department seeks strength in teaching biochemistry lectures and laboratories.

Required Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in Biochemistry (or equivalent) at the time of application.

Preferred Qualifications:

Postdoctoral research and/or teaching experience.

The Chemistry Department currently has 19 faculty members serving over 100 undergraduate majors and supporting approximately 900 students per semester from other disciplines in undergraduate courses (  Undergraduate education is the primary mission of the Department, and research involving undergraduate students is supported by the university and expected for tenure-track faculty. Faculty in the Department are committed to both education and research and many are actively engaged in multidisciplinary projects, including programs supported by the National Science Foundation.  In addition, the Department has a close collaboration with the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). This collaboration involves both courses and research and the candidate would have the opportunity to join that collaboration.  The Department offers an ACS-accredited Bachelor’s degree as well as Bachelor’s programs in Medicinal Chemistry, Chemistry Education, and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The University, College, and Department have a strong commitment to diversity in its varied forms and to fostering an inclusive and welcoming learning environment where students, faculty and staff thrive and succeed. With a metropolitan mission, UNO serves a diverse student body with a large number of first-generation college students, and is also actively engaged with the community ( UNO is both a metropolitan university of distinction and a Carnegie Doctoral Research institution. UNO transforms and improves the quality of life locally, nationally, and globally. The successful candidate will become part of a dynamic and growing program in the College of Arts and Sciences that is actively engaged with other colleges on the campus as well as community partners.

The campus is located in the heart of Omaha, a cosmopolitan city of more than 600,000 (1.2 million including the larger Omaha metro area) that ranks highly for quality of life, affordability, and economic strength. Omaha is home to four Fortune 500 companies, several biomedical research institutions, and numerous government and non-profit organizations. 

To apply, please submit the following application materials electronically through the UNO Employment site at

Inquiries about the position may be directed to Dr. John Conrad ( Review of applications will begin January 15, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please apply by the review date.

Complete the online application and upload 1) a cover letter; 2) a curriculum vitae with the contact information for three references; 3) statement of research goals; 4) statement of teaching experiences and interests and past teaching/mentoring evaluations if available; 5) a DEI statement that describes how the applicant fosters a welcoming and inclusive environment for learners with diverse backgrounds, cultural experiences, and perspectives; 6) a “portfolio” PDF file of up to 4 representative publications.

The University has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff.  The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. UNO is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an E-Verify employer.

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