South Dakota State University (SDSU) is offering an exciting opportunity to join the growing academic and research program in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences as a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Medicinal Chemistry. This position is a 9-month, full-time, benefit eligible, tenure-track faculty appointment with a competitive start-up package. Faculty rank and salary package will be commensurate with qualifications and policy. This position is supervised by the department head of Pharmaceutical Sciences. SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to teaching medicinal/pharmaceutical chemistry and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations and can contribute to the growing research program in cancer, neuropharmacology, cardiovascular, infectious disease, genomics, and drug delivery. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


* The successful candidate is expected to teach Medicinal Chemistry in his/her area of training and expertise to students in the professional (Doctor of Pharmacy) and graduate (Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences) programs.

* The successful candidate is expected to maintain active independent research in medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, or related areas. * The candidate is expected to establish and maintain an active extramurally funded research program.

* The candidate is expected to serve as an advisor and supervise the research of graduate students, undergraduate students, and post-doctoral research associates.

* The candidate is expected to serve on various committees as assigned.


  • Earned Ph.D. degree in Medicinal Chemistry/Pharmaceutical Chemistry/Bioorganic Chemistry/Chemical Biology or a closely related area.
  • Research expertise in Medicinal Chemistry/Pharmaceutical Chemistry/Bioorganic Chemistry/Chemical Biology or a closely related area.
  • Effective written communication skills.
  • Effective verbal communication and interpersonal skills.


  • Research experience in drug design, drug/organic synthesis, purification, and identification of compounds or a closely related area.
  • Research that complements the department’s research areas.
  • Teaching experience in medicinal/pharmaceutical chemistry or a closely related area.
  • Potential to develop and maintain an externally funded research program.
  • Potential for research and scholarship in the form of grants, peer-reviewed publications, and presentations.
  • Involvement in scientific and professional organizations.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience. BENEFITS: South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.

The College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions has three departments: Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy Practice, and Population and Allied Health. With 50 faculty, the College serves approximately 700 students enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program, the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program, and an A.S. and B.S. in Respiratory Care program. The College also provides administrative support and leadership for the University’s Master of Public Health program. The College has a strong reputation for high-quality pharmacy and MLS education in the region and around the country. The pharmacy program has consistently maintained a high pass-rate (97-100%) in the national pharmacy licensure exam. Since becoming NAACLS accredited in 2010, the MLS program has maintained a 98% pass rate on the ASCP Board exam. The College has a growing Ph.D. program, having graduated 40 students over the last 13 years. The Ph.D. graduates are well-placed in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and regulatory agencies in the U.S. and other countries. With a strong alumni base, the College has received multiple endowments from generous donors. The Department has several issued patents that are licensed to start-up companies.

The Department has collaborations with clinician-scientists and biomedical researchers at Sanford Research and Avera Cancer Research Institute in Sioux Falls, SD. The ‘home’ of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is the State-of-the-Art Avera Health and Science Center, providing 97,000 square-feet of teaching laboratory, classroom, and office space, as well as 48,600 square-feet of research laboratory space. The Department is well-equipped with the start of the art instrumentation for pharmaceutical and biomedical research. The University has core-facilities in mass spectrometry, NMR, and genomics, and a centralized animal facility for small and large animal research. The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences has 10 faculty members including two endowed faculty positions. The Department’s research efforts are focused on cancer, neuropharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, cell signaling, genomics, drug/vaccine delivery, and nanotechnology. Additional details about the Department can be found in the following link: Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences | South Dakota State University (sdstate.edu)


Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement. As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling. Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Livability.com rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota. The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school. The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.

Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by March 31, 2021.

SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.”

This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of: 1) a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; 2) Curriculum Vitae; 3) statement of research and a statement of teaching philosophy attached as “other”; and 4) a reference page with contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. A

ny offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check. South Dakota State University is a tobacco-free environment. It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. For questions on the position, contact Dr. Joshua Reineke (Joshua.Reineke@sdstate.edu; 605-688-4241) or Dr. Om Perumal (Omathanu.Perumal@sdstate.edu; 605-688-4745).