Research and Teaching Fellow in Medicinal Chemistry
University of North Carolina at Asheville, Department of Chemistry
United States

UNC Asheville is committed to promoting diversity and a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and the ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. Staff members are encouraged to take an active role to engage in the institution’s efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the workplace. The successful candidate will be expected to foster an inclusive work culture where uniqueness of beliefs, backgrounds, talents, capabilities and ways of living are respected and welcomed.


Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina, UNC Asheville is the designated public liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. UNC Asheville is nationally known for the quality of our student-centered teaching, mentoring of undergraduates in research, interdisciplinary learning, and striving to be an inclusive campus community.


UNC Asheville’s commitment to increasing and sustaining the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students is reflected in our strategic plan goals of diversity and inclusion, and social sustainability. ( Women, traditionally under-represented minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Position Type     EHRA Staff

Title       Research and Teaching Fellow in Medicinal Chemistry

Position Number              005572

Recruitment Range         $50,000

Work Schedule and Hours           

Typical hours are Monday-Friday, 40 hours per week. Some evening and weekend work may be required. Candidate must be willing to work a varying schedule as dictated by the research project(s) and teaching schedule.


This position is expected to last 12 months with a one-year renewal option.


Full-Time / Part-Time     Full-Time

Months per Year              12 Months

Position Summary          

UNC Asheville, the designated public liberal arts institution of the University of North Carolina system, invites applicants for a position as a Teaching and Research Fellow in chemistry. This position is designed for individuals who hold a Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field and intend to pursue academic careers at primarily undergraduate institutions. Responsibilities of this position include mentoring undergraduate students on research projects, teaching undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses in chemistry, and performing research and laboratory managerial tasks in support of the Principal Investigator, Dr. Amanda Wolfe. We seek applicants who are enthusiastic about undergraduate education with classroom and/or laboratory teaching experience, and are highly motivated researchers capable of leading a project and training undergraduates in designing and performing experiments, collecting and interpreting data, troubleshooting and solving problems in the laboratory, preparing publications, and presenting results at conferences. Candidates receiving strongest consideration will demonstrate enthusiasm for undergraduate education and the capability of working with a multidisciplinary team of faculty and undergraduates to further its research goals.


This position is expected to last 12 months with a one-year renewal option.


FLSA      Exempt

Required Education/Experience/Skills   

Ph.D. in chemistry or related field by January 1, 2020.


Preferred Education/Experience/Skills  

In addition to a Ph.D. the preferred candidate will have expertise in one or more of the following areas: medicinal chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, and/or natural product isolation as they relate to antibiotic discovery and development. The preferred candidate will have a degree in the appropriate field awarded no more than five (5) years from initial date of appointment. The candidate will be expected to teach courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, associated laboratories, and/or other courses related to the UNC Asheville Liberal Arts Core under the guidance of the PI. Candidates are desired who are enthusiastic for mentoring under-represented students with an interest in pursuing studies in chemistry and careers or post-graduate studies in this or a related field.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities  

Excellent written and oral communication skills


Ability to work independently as well as to collaborate effectively and productively within a research team.


Ability to analyze and synthesize data.


Ability to maintain appropriate research records and maintain laboratory spaces in accordance with safety policies and procedures.


Ability and keen interest in working directly with students to conduct undergraduate research.


Knowledge and experience in designing research, conducting/leading research teams, and using experimental approaches relating to synthetic organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and/or natural product isolation to obtain desired outcomes.


Posting Detail Information

Special Instructions to the Applicant       

Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

The following documents should be submitted with your application:

1.            Cover Letter

2.            Curriculum Vitae

3.            Unofficial Undergraduate Transcript

4.            Unofficial Graduate Transcript

5.            Description of Research Experience (use link for Research Philosophy…)

6.            Teaching Philosophy and Mentoring Undergraduates (use link for Teaching Philosophy)


This position is funded by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation and is currently anticipated to last for 12 months, with the possibility of a one-year renewal. However, continuation of employment in this at-will appointment is contingent upon the availability of funds. If these non-state funds become unavailable, the appointment may be terminated consistent with Section II.C of UNC’s Employees Exempt from the State Human Resources Act Policy 300.201.


Official verification from each college/university you have attended are required upon employment, and will be requested directly from the college/university by Human Resources or from the National Student Clearinghouse. Any expense will be the responsibility of the employee. Educational degrees must be from an appropriately accredited institution.


If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training and experience requirements, management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.


It is the policy of UNC Asheville to conduct pre-employment background investigations on all candidates selected for employment. If hired, the candidate will be required to submit proof of eligibility to work in the United States. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice.


The anticipated start date for this position must be no later than January 1, 2020.


Posting Number               E0169

Posting date       04/26/2019

Closing date      

Open Until Filled : Yes

Supplemental Questions

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How did you hear about this employment opportunity?

UNC Asheville website

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Western North Carolina Diversity Engagement Coalition


Do you have an interest in mentoring under-represented students who have an interest in pursuing studies in chemistry and careers or post-graduate studies in this or a related field?



Do you have expertise in one or more of the following areas: medicinal chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, and/or natural product isolation as they relate to antibiotic discovery and development?



Applicant Documents

Required Documents

Cover Letter

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Philosophy

Unofficial Undergraduate Transcript

Unofficial Graduate Transcript

Research Philosophy and Description of Future Plans

Optional Documents

Other Documents

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