School of Pharmacy, University of Connecticut

Position ID:UConn-School of Pharmacy-2017240 [#8584, 2017240]
Position Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Area: Other
Starting Date:2017/08/23
Appl Deadline: finished (posted 2016/11/16, finished 2017/09/07)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Assistant/Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics

The University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions, one at the assistant professor level and the other at the associate professor level.  Both positions have an expected start date of August, 2017.   The research specialty of interest is pharmaceutics, including the fields of drug delivery, pharmaceutical biotechnology, formulation science, and pharmaceutical manufacturing science.

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is in the midst of a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence ( As part of these initiatives, UConn has hired more than 450 new faculty at all ranks during the past three years. We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for these faculty positions in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Under new leadership, the UConn School of Pharmacy is embarking on an ambitious plan to achieve recognition in the top 10% of pharmacy schools within the next five years. The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences ( is housed in a 200,000 square foot state-of-the-art building in the science quad of the university and has a long history of academic drug discovery and development. Departmental faculty include an industry distinguished endowed chair in pharmaceutical technology and two Board of Trustees Professors ( Nationally, departmental faculty serve as chairs of NIH study sections, journal editors, and society presidents and have received prestigious awards for research and teaching. Faculty expertise encompasses medicinal chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology, and pharmaceutics. Robust connections to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies provide significant support and synergy for departmental research projects. Pharmaceutics faculty participate in two multi-university consortia, the Kildsig Center for Pharmaceutical Processing Research (CPPR) and the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (NIPTE).  Substantial recent State funding supports the expansion of drug discovery in a private-public enterprise. Our collaborations with the Department of Pharmacy Practice, with its established Evidence-Based Practice Center, give us additional strength in translational science.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding, high quality publications, impact as measured through citations, and national recognition as through honorific awards. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate, professional and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must hold a Ph.D. degree in pharmaceutics, engineering, physical chemistry, biophysics, or a related field from an accredited institution. 
  • Demonstrate, or show clear potential for, developing a strong, extramurally-funded research program in pharmaceutics, including the fields of drug delivery, pharmaceutical biotechnology, formulation science, and pharmaceutical manufacturing science.  
  • Expertise to teach one of the core courses in the graduate pharmaceutics program curriculum and be able to teach pharmaceutics-related courses in the PharmD curriculum. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred areas of research focus include drug delivery, pharmaceutical materials science, pharmaceutical manufacturing science, pharmaceutical nanotechnology, protein stabilization, and pharmaceutical freeze-drying. 
  • At least 2 years of post-doctoral experience in an academic, industrial, or similar position for the Assistant Professor position and 6 years for the Associate Professor position. 
  • Demonstrated scholarly productivity.
  • Potential for collaboration with pharmaceutics and other faculty at UConn.
  • Potential to contribute to the CPPR and NIPTE efforts.
  • An educational background in pharmacy or previous teaching in a PharmD curriculum. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
  • Active participation in scientific societies related to pharmaceutics. 
  • Proven commitment to working within a diverse environment.

Appointment Terms

These are full-time (9-month appointment) tenure track positions as Assistant/Associate Professor within the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The successful candidate’s primary academic appointment will be at the University of Connecticut main campus in Storrs, CT.  The desired starting date is August 23, 2017, but is flexible and negotiable. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload.  Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply

Please select “Apply” to submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A statement on research and scholarly plans (including area of research focus, potential collaborations, and current and/or plans for extramural funding).
  • A statement on teaching (including teaching philosophy, potential for teaching in the PharmD curriculum and how courses in the graduate program match the candidate’s expertise).
  • statement on commitment to diversity (including any plans for outreach to under-represented groups, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research, and pedagogies to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.).
  • Representative journal articles.
  • Additionally, please follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct three reference writers to submit letters of reference on your behalf.

Screening of applications will begin in December, 2016 and continue until the positions are filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Employment of the successful candidates will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.  (Search # 2017240)

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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
University of Connecticut
9 Walters Avenue
Unit 5075
Storrs, CT 06269

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