Adjunct Assistant Scientist in Chemistry

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Work type: Adjunct Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Physical/Mathematical Sciences
Department:16120100 - LS-CHEMISTRY-GENERAL

Classification Title: Adjunct Assistant Scientist
Job Description:

The Department of Chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida seeks to hire an Adjunct Assistant Scientist to begin in August 1, 2024. This is a full-time, non-tenure accruing, time-limited position. Candidates with expertise in chemistry and biomedical engineering are encouraged to apply. Specifically, we are seeking individuals who have a focus on the following research areas: (1) Molecular diagnosis of cancers, (2) Extracellular vesicles, (3) Microfluidics (4) Nanoplasmonic biosensing, (5) Point-of-care testing.

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Florida is a comprehensive department granting bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees with specialization in all areas including biochemistry, nanochemistry, analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, polymer, synthetic and theoretical chemistry. The successful applicant will become a part of a cooperative, creative, and energetic community of researchers from various races, cultures, and nationalities who are dedicated to high-quality research, teaching, and service.

The position will be housed within the Division of Analytical Chemistry, and the Adjunct Assistant Scientist will be embedded in the multidisciplinary team studying translational bioanalysis and engineering. For details on the research emphasis, please visit:

About the College and the Department:

As one of the original colleges at the University of Florida, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences embraces both tradition and forward-thinking. As the largest college at the University of Florida, we have 21 departments and 35 centers, programs, and institutes, and we are always on the move, making strides with innovations in teaching and research.

The University of Florida ranks in the top five chemistry departments nationally in Ph.D. production and is among the top 20 in bachelor’s graduates. Within the State of Florida (opens in new tab), we account for 30 percent of all chemistry degrees, including over 60 percent of all Ph.D.’s. Our department currently has 38 tenure track faculty members, nine teaching and research support faculty members, 50 staff members, over 250 graduate students, and more than 80 postdoctoral and other scientific associates. We invite you to browse our website to learn more about our exciting research, teaching, and community service activities and the people who make them happen.

UF is the state’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive land grant university with an enrollment of over 50,000 students and was ranked 6th in the country among public universities (US News and World Report 2023 rankings), and 1st among public institutions in the Wall Street Journal 2023 survey. UF is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 150,000 residents in North-Central Florida, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and within a 2-hour drive to large metropolitan areas (Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville). The beautiful climate and extensive nearby parks and recreational areas afford year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and nature photography. UF’s large college sports programs, museums, and performing arts center support a range of activities and cultural events for residents to enjoy. Alachua County schools are highly rated and offer a variety of programs including magnet schools and an international baccalaureate program. Learn more about what Gainesville has to offer at Visit Gainesville.
Expected Salary:

This appointment provides a competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, benefits, and a platform for professional growth, including grant writing.

Minimum Requirements:

PhD in related fields including, but not limited to analytical chemistry, molecular biology, and biomedical engineering with 2 years of postdoctoral training and significant experience with molecular diagnosis of cancers. Applicants should also have a strong publication record, good spoken and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Desirable backgrounds/skills include:

  • Nucleic acid amplification techniques such as PCR and isothermal amplification
  • CRISPR-Cas based technologies
  • Microfluidics
  • Point-of-care testing technology
  • Cancer diagnostics
  • Extracellular vesicles
  • Nanoplasmonic biosensing
Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting.

A complete application includes (1) a letter of application summarizing the applicant's qualifications, interests, and suitability for the position, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) a statement on research goals, and (4) the names and email addresses of three references must be provided. After initial review, if chosen to receive further consideration, an email will be sent to your references, requesting them to upload their confidential letter to the submission packet.

Applications will be reviewed immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at this time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority. Inquiries about this position can be directed to Department Chair Professor Lisa McElwee-White at

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The Department of Chemistry is committed to promoting an environment that welcomes all abilities, classes, ethnicities/races, gender identities and expressions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.
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