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Staff position: Organic synthesis coordinator

NSF Center for Genetically Encoded Materials
Candidate will work in either the Schepartz lab (UC Berkeley) or Miller lab (Yale).
Salary commensurate with experience.
Closing date
Aug 20, 2022

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Field of specialization
Work Function
Laboratory, Research-Basic
Job Type
Full time
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The NSF Center for Genetically Encoded Materials (C-GEM) is seeking a talented and innovative chemical synthesis coordinator to join our team. Responsibilities include the design and synthesis of complex and enantiomerically pure non-ɑ-amino acid monomers and their derivatives to advance C-GEM’s efforts to expand the chemistry of the proteome. You will work closely with graduate students and postdocs, providing guidance in synthetic strategy design, optimization, and troubleshooting. You will also interact with the broader interdisciplinary C-GEM team to provide updates and input into how new molecules could be generated to test hypotheses and advance Center science. This position represents a unique opportunity to apply sophisticated synthetic tools at the forefront of chemical and synthetic biology. We are especially interested in enthusiastic candidates with prior experience in enantioselective synthesis, excellent communication skills, and commitment to working effectively as part of a transdisciplinary team. The position can be based either at Yale (in the lab of Scott Miller) or UC Berkeley (in the lab of Alanna Schepartz). Applicants are encouraged to apply to the job posting(s) of their interest. 


The NSF Center for Genetically Encoded Materials (C-GEM) seeks to repurpose the cellular translational apparatus to establish a fundamentally new form of chemical matter - sequence-defined chemical polymers.

C-GEM is an NSF Center for Chemical Innovation led by Professor Alanna Schepartz at UC Berkeley, with investigators at Berkeley, Boston College, Cornell, U Minnesota, St. Jude, and Yale. C-GEM also collaborates with citizen scientists to design new RNAs through the scientific discovery game Eterna.

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(510) 664-5269
497 Tan Hall
UC Berkeley
United States
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