Saxon Endowed Chair search announced

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Alabama seeks an outstanding individual with expertise in chemistry or biochemistry to fill the John F. and Mary Sue Saxon Endowed Presidential Chair in Polymer Chemistry. Preferred candidates will be leaders at the national and international level in their field(s) of study, have vigorous externally funded research programs, and will be able to play a leadership role in the department. A PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical engineering and the ability to teach chemistry or biochemistry courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels are required. The candidate’s research program is open to any area of chemistry or biochemistry but should involve polymer or macromolecular chemistry, including biopolymers, broadly defined.  Areas of research complementary to existing research efforts in the department and at The University are of particular interest. The position will be filled at the full professor level with a start date of August 15, 2024. Detailed information about the Department and its facilities can be found at

Applicants should apply online at the site and provide a curriculum vitae including a publication list, research plans and funding history, and teaching philosophy statement, as well as a list of the names of five references. Questions may be sent electronically to  Review of applications will begin December 1, 2023.  Applications received after this date will be reviewed upon receipt until the position is filled. Applications from women and members of traditionally underrepresented groups in chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical engineering are strongly encouraged. The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Our mission is to advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state of Alabama, the nation and the world through the creation, translation, and dissemination of knowledge with an emphasis on quality programs in the areas of teaching, research, and service. We are fully committed to campus life that embodies collaboration, collegiality, respect, and a culture of inclusivity. The University of Alabama recognizes the challenges of balancing work and family life of its employees. We are fully committed to providing programs and resources that help address these needs, including employee wellness, dual career assistance, childcare, resources for new parents, eldercare, employee emergency relief funds, and leave policies. See and for more information.