Assistant Scientist

University of Florida, College of Pharmacy
Commensurate on education and experience.
Jan 30, 2019
Mar 01, 2019
Field of specialization
Education, Health & Safety, Medicinal / Clinical
Job Type
Full time

The position is open in the Center for Natural Products, Drug Discovery and Development (CNPD3), Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Florida. Job responsibilities include, hands-on assay development, optimization and miniaturization, and small molecule and genomic screening. The selected candidate would also be required to carry out mechanistic follow-up studies on hit compounds from different screening projects. Related responsibilities would include grant writing and submission to support the Center’s assay development and screening campaigns, assist with preparing budget proposals for collaborator screens and carrying out screens for SAR studies while working closely with synthetic chemists. The successful candidate should have a PhD in Pharmacology, Chemical Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology or related with at least 3-5 years of postdoctoral studies in similar research. Experience with screening or testing small molecule drugs evidenced by appropriate publications with proven ability to conduct independent research performing a variety of routine and specialized laboratory tests and experimental procedures for pre-clinical studies would be required.

Minimum Qualifications: Doctoral degree in Biology or closely related field with 3 years of relevant postdoctoral experience.

Preferred Qualifications: 

A conceptual understanding of the practicalities of medium-throughput compound library screening with robotic equipment.

Skilled in tissue culture with good understanding of basic approaches to adapting a cell-based assay to medium throughput (96 well or 384 well plate) assay format.

Fluorescence microscopy and quantitative image analysis – using automated image analysis with CellProfiler, Columbus, ImageJ or similar.

Immunofluorescence microscopy; live cell staining; high throughput microscopy; Matlab scripting - especially image analysis; multivariate statistical analysis will be highly advantageous.

Must be knowledgeable in general wet lab procedures to carry out “mechanistic follow-up” studies for drug leads and must be meticulous in recording, tracking and reporting of data collected for grants, publications and presentations

Must be able to multi-task and work well with individuals at many levels including students, postdocs, technicians and faculty.

Application Instructions: 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Please apply at Interested applicants should submit a cover letter briefly summarizing your accomplishments, curriculum vitae, and the names of three individuals willing to serve as professional references with the online application. Three letters of recommendation will be required if selected for the position. Contact information and questions can be directed to Dr. Ranjala Ratnayake, Search Committee Chair at 

The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at:

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law.