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Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences – (Tenure Track)

School of Pharmacy Faculty Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California (USC) Alfred E. Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is seeking candidates for a full-time, 12-month calendar, tenure track faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences (https://pharmacyschool.usc.edu/departments/pharmacology-pharmaceutical-sciences-department/). The successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized and externally funded research program and contribute to the mission of the USC School of Pharmacy through excellence in research, education, and service.

Candidates should have a doctoral degree and postdoctoral training experience in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, or a related discipline, with research expertise in chemical biology, medicinal chemistry, synthetic biology, drug delivery and/or drug discovery. Of particular interest are candidates with the strong research interests at the interface of chemistry and biology and with the capability of working in a multidisciplinary department with chemists and biologists. Special attention will be given to candidates with research programs complementing and expanding existing departmental strengths in chemical biology, drug design and discovery, drug delivery and biopharmaceutics, molecular signaling, safety pharmacology and drug toxicology, and bioinformatics, leading to therapeutic translational opportunities in drug discovery and development. Collaborative research and scholarship across departments and schools within the university is encouraged.

The faculty member will contribute to teaching excellence through didactic instruction and laboratory/seminar mentoring in the pharmaceutical and translational sciences graduate programs (MS & PhD), and to selective suitable lecture assignments in the professional, graduate, and undergraduate programs. Inclusive teaching methods and expert use of pedagogical techniques and technologies in the construction and delivery of didactic learning materials is desired.  Qualified candidates will preferably have demonstrated experience or leadership in diversity and inclusion within their prior academic and professional work environments that they can bring to the clinical practice and education setting.

As a faculty member, service to the school through active participation is expected.  Routine faculty administration and participation duties, including attendance at departmental and pharmacy faculty council meetings, assigned committee service, as well as annual review submissions, peer review, and peer-to-peer teaching evaluation activities are components of faculty citizenship. The faculty member should also contribute to personal, professional and scholarly growth and recognition through service on a national/international level. 

USC offers cutting-edge opportunities for multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and translational research collaborations, including an NIH-sponsored Clinical and Translational Science Institute, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, two NIH-sponsored Liver and GI Diseases Centers, the Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, the Diabetes & Obesity Research Institute, and the Zilkha Neurogenetics Institute (https://keck.usc.edu/research/research-resources/find-core-resources/). The USC Provost's Initiative provides core infrastructure support in several areas including Biomedical Imaging Sciences, Biomedical Nanoscience, and Neurosciences. USC also offers access to one of the widest varieties of affiliated private and public hospitals in the United States (www.lacusc.org). The School of Pharmacy houses Mass Spectrometry, Medicinal Chemistry, and Shared Instrumentation Cores (https://pharmacyschool.usc.edu/core-facilities/).

Compensation and Benefits:

The University of Southern California offers a competitive salary and benefits package within an academic environment based on the candidate’s experience, accomplishments, and continuous funding sources. The rank of Assistant Professor is provided commensurate with the research and scholarly accomplishments, assessed teaching capabilities, and expertise and demonstrated leadership in the field of study. The University’s benefits options include health, dental and life insurance; tuition assistance; disability and retirement plans; credit union membership; and participation in cultural and social events, as well as access to athletic and recreational facilities.

The annual base salary range for this position is $100,000 - $135,000. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

Application Procedure:

The position is available immediately. Review of applications and interviews for selected qualified candidates will continue until the position is filled. Qualified individuals are requested to apply online at https://usccareers.usc.edu,and are requested to upload a current curriculum vitae, a letter of intent/personal statement, a research statement summarizing accomplishments and future plans, a teaching philosophy statement, and three to five names with current contact information of individuals who will serve as professional references.

The University of Southern California is actively committed to equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion within its faculty hiring practices, so qualified candidates from underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

The USC Alfred E. Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is located on the USC Health Sciences Campus, which includes the Keck Hospital of USC, the Norris Cancer Hospital, and the flagship LAC+USC Medical Center, along with directing five university- and community-based pharmacies, adding a sixth in South Los Angeles in 2023. Ranked by US News and World Report as the #1 private pharmacy school in the United States, and the #2 overall school according to World Scholarship Forum, the USC Alfred E. Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is recognized for its more than century-long reputation for innovation and leadership in pharmaceutical education, practice, research, and service to the community and to the profession. The school uniquely spans the entire spectrum of pharmaceutical development and clinical care – from drug discovery to regulatory approaches that promote safety and innovation, from delivery of contemporary patient care services to evaluating the impact of care provision on patient outcomes and costs. The school’s dynamic faculty is involved in all levels of pharmacy education: from undergraduate majors to multiple MS and PhD graduate programs, from the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program with dual degree options to a wide variety of advanced clinical residency and fellowship training, and from laboratory to bedside learning experiences. The school has recently received a $50 million endowment from the Alfred E. Mann Foundation to name the school and to support student scholarships, faculty recruitment and integrated biomedical innovation.


Candidates should have a doctoral degree and postdoctoral training experience in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, or a related discipline, with research expertise in chemical biology, medicinal chemistry, synthetic biology, drug delivery and/or drug discovery. Of particular interest are candidates with the strong research interests at the interface of chemistry and biology and with the capability of working in a multidisciplinary department with chemists and biologists. Special attention will be given to candidates with research programs complementing and expanding existing departmental strengths in chemical biology, drug design and discovery, drug delivery and biopharmaceutics, molecular signaling, safety pharmacology and drug toxicology, and bioinformatics, leading to therapeutic translational opportunities in drug discovery and development.


REQ20127003 Posted Date: 12/26/2022

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