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Postdoctoral Scholar-Total Synthesis

University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Gainesville, Florida
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Closing date
Sep 19, 2021

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The Department of Medicinal Chemistry and the Center for Natural Products, Drug Discovery and Development (CNPD3) at the University of Florida ( invites applications for one postdoctoral scholar position in natural products synthesis and conjugation.  The chemical focus of the CNPD3 is on unique natural products, and the goal is to fully exploit the biosynthetic and therapeutic potential of untapped biodiversity for drug discovery.  The Center embraces all aspects of natural products research from discovery, biosynthesis and chemical synthesis, assay development, screening and target identification to drug development.


The Postdoctoral Scholar will work independently and collaboratively to synthesize bioactive natural products, perform SAR studies and apply chemical conjugation approaches for targeted drug delivery. Additional duties will include, but are not limited to; mentoring graduate students; assisting with grant development; and performing routine lab maintenance and daily lab duties.

Basic Qualifications:

Candidates must have completed all degree requirements except the dissertation or be enrolled in an accredited PhD, or equivalent international degree.

Additional Qualifications:

PhD (or equivalent international degree) in Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry or related discipline required by the appointment start date. The candidate may have no more than four years of post-degree research experience by start date.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with multi-step total synthesis
  • Natural products characterization expertise and strong NMR skills
  • Being able to multi-task with multiple projects and keep pace in a dynamic research environment
  • Independent in literature search and literature update.

Postdoctoral scholar hire will be supervised Dr. Hendrik Luesch. The initial appointment will be at 100% time for one year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance. Specific questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Hendrik Luesch (


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