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Open Opportunities in the Department of Chemistry

Open Positions:

Financial Analyst 1

Stanford University seeks a Financial Analyst for the Chemistry Department.  This is an ideal role for a finance professional who is looking to further develop and expand their capabilities within an academic environment.  This individual will perform moderately complex finance functions and/or activities related to budgeting and forecasting requiring specific knowledge, skills, and a broad application of policies, precedents, and systems within the context of internal Stanford policies and external regulations.  The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to complete work independently and manage a key area within the Finance and Research Administration function.

The mission of the Stanford Chemistry Department is to deliver excellence in education and research by attracting the very best faculty and students.  The Department serves 25 faculty members, 5 lecturers, ~90 postdocs, ~250 PhD students, 10 research staff, and 30 administrative staff, with an annual consolidated budget of approximately $30 million. The Department facilities consist of over 300,000 square feet of research, classroom and administrative space spread over 6 buildings.

This position reports into the Finance and Research Administration Manager for the Department.


Perform structured analysis; conduct data mining; identify, clarify, and investigate discrepancies and exceptions; proactively develop solutions and processes.
Maintain, reconcile, review, combine, and validate financial data sets and accounts, utilizing financial reports, financial databases, and key financial information including month-end and year-end closing or as needed.
Contribute to development of budget, forecasting, and analyses to be used for key activities or decision making.
Run and analyze financial reports, often from multiple systems; prepare and provide regular management information reports to other function areas.
Resolve issues within immediate work unit; Perform preliminary analysis, recognize exceptions and recommend solutions that may require policy changes or the development of new processes.
Ensure works complies with complex internal policies and external regulations which may require interpretation.
Participate as a member of a project team and contribute to change management strategy through communication and collaboration with others.
Serve as a first line resource to client groups on matters in work unit.
Understand and participate in cross training on core functions in work area or unit; serve as a back-up to other functions.
May supervise the day-to-day activities and provide on the job coaching and training to other staff, as needed.

* - Other duties may also be assigned

Please apply on the Stanford University Careers website.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Kansas Department of Medicinal Chemistry which is a part of the School of Pharmacy is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow with experience in synthetic organic chemistry.  If interested, please contact Shyam Sathyamoorthi ( or

Administrative Associate 3 

Stanford University seeks an Administrative Associate 3 for the Chemistry Department. Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000 which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and lifelong learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability to promote healthy and fulfilling lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.


  • Act on behalf of the supervisor, department manager, or chair in regards to establishing priorities and identifying and resolving problems that are administrative in nature.
  • Oversee and/or perform duties associated with scheduling, organizing, and operating complex conferences, seminars, and events, including arranging with vendors for services, overseeing the production and distribution of materials, administering logistics, and managing event within budget.
  • Compose and draft documents and correspondence for presentations, course handouts, grants, conferences, seminars, and reports; perform substantial editing and fact checking. Create, maintain, modify, and/or ensure accuracy of content in various unit documents, displays, reports, brochures, social media, and/or websites.
  • Plan and schedule calendar(s) with limited consultation, resolve calendaring conflicts, and arrange travel in compliance with unit, university, and sponsor policies.
  • Create complex reports and spreadsheets which may utilize specialized software and systems.
  • Oversee and/or process a variety of complex financial transactions; produce, monitor, and reconcile budget statements; research, identify, and resolve discrepancies. May assist with capital or special equipment requests and/or vendor selection.
  • Coordinate and monitor routine maintenance services completion.  Plan and coordinate office moves and/or minor renovation projects.
  • May lead staff or supervise day-to-day work of student and/or temporary workers, including scheduling, assigning, and prioritizing workloads, setting appropriate deadlines, reviewing work for quality and timeliness, and providing performance review input.

* - Other duties may also be assigned

Please apply on the Stanford University Careers website.

Program Manager for Molecular Theory and Simulation

The Molecular Theory and Simulation Program (Program) at Stanford is a vibrant subarea in the Department of Chemistry in which the faculty and students conduct computational and theoretical molecular research. The Program is comprised of a variety of research contracts and grants that are highly interdisciplinary and impactful.

The Program is led by a senior faculty member and includes contributions from 35-45 students, postdoctoral scholars, research associates and visiting researchers, as well as a number of faculty members and hundreds of computers. The Program leads several large multi-Principal Investigator (PI) projects and collaborations with faculty across Stanford, the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and other external institutions.

The Program seeks a Business Operations Manager with broad experience supporting large, complex research groups to work under the direction of a faculty director to implement and administer the Program’s vision, strategy and goals. The Manager will serve as the single point of contact for the Program and will be responsible for all aspects of its efficient operation. The job duties of this role are all encompassing, and the Manager will perform duties ranging from, but not limited to, processing transactional level activities to managing complex grants and contracts and hosting large events to high levels of engagement, collaboration, and interaction with faculty, students, postdoctoral scholars, and staff from multiple disciplines across Stanford and SLAC. The Manager will represent the Program internally and externally. 

The Manager must exercise good judgment in all aspects of the role and will be required to become knowledgeable about internal policies and systems specific to Stanford, SLAC and the agencies involved in funding research activities within the Program. As the Program is a fast paced, dynamic environment, the Manager will need to successfully navigate changing priorities and will be expected to work with a high degree of discretion and confidentiality under minimum supervision. This position may be required to work outside normal business hours and may manage staff employees of the University.

All applicants must submit a 1-page cover letter summarizing their interest in this position, their direct experience with the duties as described in the job posting, and how their qualifications relate to this position. Be specific and include examples of exceptional cases or projects in which they have been directly involved. Please discuss any experience with project management. Highlight any related achievements or other relevant experiences not already listed on the resume.  This is a 2-year fixed term position.  Please submit both a resume and cover letter when applying for this position.

Please apply on the Stanford University Careers website.

Life Science Research Professional I 

The Dassama Laboratory at Stanford Chemistry and ChEM-H Institute is looking to hire a highly motivated and percipient research associate. In this role, you will perform experiments as part of the start-up team working on cutting edge research related to bacterial multidrug resistance mitigation. You will assist the principal investigator and research team in the conduction of bench-level experiments that include bacterial and mammalian cell culture, and protein production and characterization. The successful candidate will be capable of contributing to experimental design, independently analyzing and presenting data, and revising and optimizing research protocols. Ideal candidates will have at least a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, or a related field, will have experience working independently in a research lab, and will be well versed in basic biochemical, molecular biology, and microbiology techniques. Excellent communication (written and verbal), time management, and organization skills are highly desired. This is a 12-month fixed term position.  Please submit both a resume and cover letter when applying for this position.

Please apply on the Stanford University Careers website.


The Stanford Chemistry Department invites applications for a Ph.D.-level Lecturer position to begin autumn 2019 to join a team of Lecturers in the Department. The candidate should have a strong background in biochemistry, organic or general chemistry. This position is a full-time, 9-month, fixed-term, full-benefit appointment. The initial appointment is for 2 years, with reappointment terms of 3 years. Summer instruction positions are also available to provide for a 12-month salary. The teaching duties vary quarterly between instructing independent laboratories to co-instructing in an integrated lecture/laboratory course with a faculty member. The department is moving aggressively toward active learning, thus the ideal candidate will also be involved in developing and evaluating new active learning materials. In addition to instruction, the candidate will be responsible for evolving laboratory exercises, mentoring course teaching assistants, advising students, and participating in Department committees, as appropriate.  Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy (1 page), and three letters of recommendation addressing their teaching and/or administrative abilities.

All materials must be submitted electronically to Academic Jobs Online:

Completed applications will be reviewed beginning December 15, 2018.  Email inquiries and questions may be directed to Amy Rutherford (

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.