Research Scientist - Molecule Maker Lab Institute

University of Illinois, Molecule Maker Lab Institute
Urbana, Illinois
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Mar 15, 2021
Apr 14, 2021
Field of specialization
Work Function
Laboratory, Research-Applied
Job Type
Full time

The Molecule Maker Lab Institute (MMLI) is an NSF Artificial Intelligence Institute for Molecular Discovery, Synthetic Strategy, and Manufacturing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which will become a global epicenter for molecule making innovation. The MMLI is seeking a Research Scientist who will collaborate with researchers across all Institute Thrusts to apply artificial intelligence to synthesis planning, catalyst design and optimization, manufacturing, development of functional materials, and broadening access to molecule making. This position will have multiple opportunities for professional development that could help prepare them for an academic faculty position or an industry managerial position.

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  • Manage interdisciplinary research projects in the institute to facilitate their impact and completion
  • Conduct pioneering research in chemistry that interfaces with computer science on a project of interest
  • Provide chemistry expertise and support to MMLI researchers
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned



  • Required: Ph.D. in chemistry or related fields of study. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted if accompanied by equivalent experience, depending upon the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position.


  • Required: Research experience in organic synthesis (broadly defined – for example, medicinal, polymer, materials science, natural product synthesis) or methodology development.
  • Preferred: Postdoctoral research experience. Strong publication record.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Required:
    • Possess strong and poised interpersonal and relationship building skills. Ability to work collaboratively and cross-functionally with internal and external parties, serving as a technical resource across teams. Ability to supervise others, encouraging success of team members.
    • The ability to work independently and take initiative when needed.
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills for technical and general audiences.
  • Preferred:
    • Knowledge in one or more of the following areas:
      • Biocatalysis
      • Organic synthesis
      • Methodology development
      • Organic materials
      • High-throughput experimentation
    • General familiarity with the field of computer science.
    • Demonstrated ability to lead collaborations amongst multiple researchers.
    • Ability to lead the writing of scientific papers.