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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Synthetic Chemistry

University of North Dakota, Department of Chemistry
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Up to $38,000 per year + benefits
Closing date
Nov 25, 2021

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Field of specialization
Nanotechnology, Organic, Polymers
Work Function
Job Type
Full time
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The Department of Chemistry is seeking a 12-month, post-doctoral research fellow to conduct research on development of drug delivery nanosystems and in vitro and in vivo investigations of the drug delivery nanosystems. The initial appointment will be for one year and is full time and benefitted, with potential for renewal for a second year, pending annual review of performance and continued availability of funding. The start date is January 3, 2022.

The Department of Chemistry in Abbott Hall is well equipped for ongoing research performed by individual faculty funded by external funding from National Science Foundation, ND EPSCoR, PRF ACS and other agencies. Abbott Hall houses 29 laboratories and classrooms, over 30 faculty and student offices including space for provides modern teaching and research facilities in the state of North Dakota and surrounding regions.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Synthesize organic molecules and functional polymers
  • Construct and characterize nanoparticle formulations for optimal performance as drug delivery vehicles
  • Design and evaluate targeting ligands to enable targeted delivery
  • Investigate the nanomaterials for in vitro and in vivo screening
  • Analyze and interpret obtained data as a member of a cross-disciplinary team
  • Draft manuscripts for publication and proposals for external grants
  • Maintain instruments and lab environment

Required Competencies

  • Highly self-motivated and enthusiastic in research
  • Capable of working independently
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and students
  • Ability to mentor junior team members

Minimum Requirements

  • Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, biomedical engineering, or a related field
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research experience in organic/polymer synthesis
  • Research experience in drug delivery
  • Experience in bioimaging
  • Experience in vitro/in vivo research involving nanomaterials
  • Experience in publishing first-authored papers

Minimum Hiring Salary

$38,000+ a year, full-time, benefitted

Work Schedule/Start Date

Start date of January 3, 2022

To Apply

For full consideration, applications must be received by December 1, 2021 and include the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for 2 to 3 references

Position is open until filled. Please refer any questions about this position to Dr. Binglin Sui at

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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