Postdoctoral Fellow

Jamaica, New York
Commensurate with experience
Jan 23, 2019
Feb 22, 2019
Field of specialization
Medicinal / Clinical, Organic, Pharmaceutical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Postdoctoral Fellow

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the laboratory of Tanaji Talele, Ph.D. in the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences at St. John's University in New York City.

The Talele laboratory focuses on design and synthesis of novel small molecule inhibitors for PARPs, HDACs and RAD51 for the treatment of cancer.

The ideal candidate holds a PhD in synthetic organic/medicinal chemistry, well versed with modern spectroscopic techniques (NMR, MS), and mg to gram scale organic synthesis. We are looking for a creative and highly motivated individual who possess the ability to work independently. Candidates, with extensive experience in small molecule synthesis, purification and characterization are preferred. This position is an excellent opportunity for the candidate to gain exposure to all aspects of drug discovery (computational design, drug-like property profiling, biochemical assays and multi­ parameter SAR optimization). We offer an enriching and interactive basic and pharmaceutical science environment.

Responsibilities: medicinal chemistry optimization of novel small molecule anti-cancer lead compounds, establishing SAR and planning the synthesis of new compounds. This will entail thorough reading of the literature, planning, execution, optimization and analysis of multi-step reaction steps, presentation of results in group meetings and conferences, writing of grant proposals and publications as well as supervision of students and technicians.

To apply, please send a cover letter including a statement of research interest, full CV and contact information for three references to Dr. Talele at


St. John’s offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John’s performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events.

Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John’s University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education.

St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.