Post-doctoral Associate

Kearney, Nebraska
$45,000-$54,000 + benefits, potential career development award
Nov 16, 2017
Dec 16, 2017
Field of specialization
Medicinal / Clinical, Organic
Work Function
Laboratory, Research-Basic
Job Type

We are seeking an outstanding medicinal/synthetic organic chemist for a potential two-year post-doctoral appointment at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK). The motivated candidate should hold a recent PhD, with 0-5 years of postdoctoral experience, in organic or medicinal chemistry. The ideal candidate will have an excellent, proven track record in the synthesis of organic compounds as evidenced by publications and conference presentations; and will be responsible for the design, synthesis, purification and characterization of targeted small molecules for the treatment of brain cancer using state-of-the-art instrumentation, including a recently acquired Bruker 400 MHz NMR and Agilent 6125 LC-MS. Experience with amino acid synthesis and/or prodrugs is highly desirable, though not a requirement. Additional responsibilities include researching and evaluating relevant literature; compiling and analysis of data; maintaining an accurate, up-to-date lab notebook; preparing and editing manuscripts for publication and posters for scientific conferences, and presenting research to the PI’s collaborators both at UNK and at other institutions. The multi-disciplinary research team comprises chemists, cell biologists, biomedical engineers and computational modelers from UNK, the University of California San Francisco, Northwestern University, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential.

This position is open to individuals who are from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research, as defined in the NIH program announcement PA-16-288. Funding for this position is dependent on the PI receiving an NIH Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. It is expected that the selected candidate would work with the PI on the career development aspects of the application to be submitted by February 15, 2018, with award notification in March 2018 and a start date in April or May. Salary will be commiserate with experience and follow NIH’s postdoctoral trainee salary schedule (NOT-OD-16-131). In addition to salary and fringe benefits, $6,000 in direct costs per year will be requested for career development activities. Applicants need to be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or individuals who have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States (i.e., in possession of a Permanent Resident Card, Form I-551).

University of Nebraska Kearney is an Equal Opportunity employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability – committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of all individuals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected status as designated by federal, state or local law.

Interested applicants please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae (CV) to Prof. Allen Thomas at