Postdoctoral Research Associate

The University of Mississippi, School of Pharmacy
Oxford, Mississippi
Salary commensurate with qualifications and skills
Closing date
Oct 14, 2021

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Field of specialization
Biochemical, Pharmaceutical
Work Function
Laboratory, Research-Applied, Research-Basic
Job Type
Full time
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Job Description

Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with structural glycobiology in Dr. Vitor H. Pomin’s laboratory in the Department of BioMolecular Sciences, School of Pharmacy. The position will give opportunities to the researcher to improve skills in methods of multidimensional NMR, isolation and physicochemical analysis of sulfated glycans from natural sources, protein expression and labeling with magnetically active isotopes.

Job Responsibilities

The postdoctoral research associate will work with the most cutting-edge techniques of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy used to investigate protein-carbohydrate complexes, especially those formed by sulfated glycans like glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and sulfated fucans and galactans extracted from marine sources. Post doc will perform advanced NMR experiments like transferred Nuclear Overhauser Effect (trNOE), Saturation Transfer Difference (STD) and Chemical Shift Perturbation (CSP) experiments to investigate the molecular details of sulfated sugars and their protein partners involved intermolecular complexes. Techniques of isolation, purification, 2D NMR and chemical reactions of sulfated glycans will be also employed. In addition, methods to produce isotopically enriched as well as paramagnetically tagged sulfated glycan-derived oligosaccharides and novel approaches used to examine lysine and arginine side chains to identify the binding sites in sulfated glycan-binding proteins such as heparin cofactor II will be performed.

Minimum Education/Experience

Must have a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or a related discipline by the time of the appointment. The theoretical and practical previous experiences in NMR spectroscopy, structural (glyco)biology and protein expression of the applicants will be used for evaluation and ranking by the search committee and may include minimal or advanced level.


Instructions to applicants
Applications must be submitted through the University of Mississippi's online employment site at  Applicants must attach their letter of interest, updated CV and three reference letters. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Applicant Documents
1. Resume / Vitae
2. Cover Letter
3. Letter of Recommendation 1, provided by applicants (attached to application)
4. Letter of Recommendation 2, provided by applicants (attached to application)
5. Letter of Recommendation 3, provided by applicants (attached to application)

Salary/Wage Information

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EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.


Founded in 1908, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is the state’s only pharmacy school. Through its education, research, and service missions the school aims to improve the health of our state citizens as well as the nation and the world. The school is comprised of four academic departments (BioMolecular Sciences, Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, Pharmacy Administration, and Pharmacy Practice). Graduate degrees are offered by three departments. The Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (RIPS) is also housed within the School of Pharmacy. RIPS was established to discover and disseminate knowledge of natural drug products, develop and commercialize new products, improve public health, and stimulate the economy. Within RIPS are the Pii Center for Pharmaceutical Technology, Center for Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management and the National Center for Natural Products Research. The Pii Center is devoted to research related to hot-melt extrusion and other pharmaceutical processing technologies. The CPMM advances research, teaching, and service in the areas of medication use and health outcomes, management of health care organizations, and the marketing and utilization of cost-saving and appropriate medications in all segments of the health care industry. The NCNPR is the nation’s only university research center devoted to improving human health and agricultural productivity through the discovery, development and commercialization of pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals derived from plants, marine organisms and other natural products. Continuing education opportunities are offered through the Division of Pharmacy Professional Development. Live CE programs are available to pharmacists at various locations throughout the state.

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