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San Diego, California
Competitive Salary and benefits
Closing date
Dec 27, 2021
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Available immediately for highly motivated recent PHDs in Chemical Biology, nano-engineering, or Organic/Medicinal Chemistry to join a multidisciplinary team involved in developing innovative RNA vaccines and therapies for cancer, COVID-19, and HIV/AIDS. For examples of our multidisciplinary work and technologies used in our work, see ; ; and representative publications: Nature Biotechnology, 2008, 26, 1187 J Med Chem, 2016, 59, 7677; JACS, 2016, 138, 6068; ACS Chemical Biology 2021,; J Med Chem, 2021, Projects include synthesis and activity analysis of new compounds, lipid nanoparticles for RNA vaccines and gene delivery, design and synthesis of chemical probes to investigate RNA functions, and formulation of drug candidates for sustained in vivo delivery. Candidates with strong chemical biology or organic chemistry, SAR/lead optimization, and drug formulation training are preferred. Strong publication record and training to perform independent research are required for further consideration. Successful Candidate will be part of a stimulating and collaborative scientific environment with cutting-edge instrumentation and facilities. Applicants should send CV and names and addresses of three references to Administrative Coordinator, Rana Laboratory, Division of Genetics, Moores Cancer Center, Institute for Genomic Medicine, and Center for Drug Discovery Innovation, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA. 


At the University of California San Diego, we constantly push boundaries and challenge expectations. Established in 1960, UC San Diego has been shaped by exceptional scholars who aren’t afraid to take risks and redefine conventional wisdom. Today, as one of the top 15 research universities in the world, we are driving innovation and change to advance society, propel economic growth and make our world a better place. 

UC San Diego’s main campus is located near the Pacific Ocean on 1,200 acres of coastal woodland in La Jolla, California. The campus sits on land formerly inhabited by Kumeyaay tribal members, the original native inhabitants of San Diego County. UC San Diego’s rich academic portfolio includes six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions and five graduate and professional schools.

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