Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers undergraduate programs leading to an American Chemical Society-approved B.S. degree in Chemistry. The curriculum of the chemistry degree offers four program options — chemistry, biochemistry/molecular biology, environmental chemistry and forensic chemistry. The Department has strong graduate programs of study leading to M.A. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Chemistry and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as a Neuroscience Option. Faculty members within the department are associated with the Institute of Arctic Biology, the Geophysical Institute, the International Arctic Research Center and the College of Rural and Community Development. The department is centrally housed in a modern building that opened in 1995 and contains laboratories, classrooms, and offices. 

Paul Tschida, chemistry major, this year's Outstanding Chemistry Student and recipient of the 2013 Joel Wiegert Award for the Class of 2013's outstanding senior male, explains his undergraduate research to fellow graduating senior and American Institute of Chemistry undergraduate biochemist award winner Terilyn Lawson. Photo by Mist D'June-Gussak.

Organic Chemistry Search Ongoing

The start of review of applicants for these positions has passed, and the search is in progress.

UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY invites applications for two (2) tenure track positions at the Assistant/Associate Professor level. Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in organic chemistry or related discipline; postdoctoral experience is preferred. The successful candidate is expected to establish a vigorous research program that complements existing strengths in Environmental Chemistry and/or Biochemistry & Neuroscience, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and teach undergraduate organic and general chemistry and graduate courses in Environmental Chemistry or Biochemistry & Neuroscience.   The department maintains modern research instrumentation including 600 MHz NMR and UAF maintains state-of-the art computational facilities.     To view a more complete job description and apply, visit www.uakjobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=82696. Review of applications will begin on Jan 15, 2014. For additional information please visit www.uaf.edu/chem or email uaf-chem-biochem@alaska.edu. The University of Alaska is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Departmental Mission

Students in the UAF Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry engage in rigorous, culturally relevant, and American Chemical Society-approved curricula and pursue cutting-­‐edge discoveries in the high latitude chemical sciences with the support of faculty who are dedicated to research and teaching excellence.  The faculty proactively engage students in hypothesis-driven and evidence-based research with an emphasis in biochemistry, neuroscience and environmental chemistry. 

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