Title Postdoctoral Researcher
Categories Post-Doctoral
Organization Virginia Tech, Department of Chemistry, Kingston Group
Location Blacksburg, VA
Job Information
Position Summary – Isolate bioactive natural products by bioassay-guided fractionation. – Elucidate structures of isolated natural products by spectroscopic and chemical methods. – Obtain 1D- and 2D-NMR spectra on Varian INOVA 400 and Bruker 500 and 600 NMR spectrometers – Carry out chemical conversions to establish structures. -Prepare regular written progress reports. -Submit manuscripts based on work to peer reviewed journals and present results at national conferences. -Work with faculty supervisor and graduate students. -Take the initiative in finding solutions to scientific problems that arise on a day-to-day research. -Pursue research goals with routine consultation, but limited supervision. -Supervise/train undergraduate or graduate students in laboratory procedures. -Assist in project design, execution, and interpretation of research projects to gain practical experience in the field. -Prepare professional presentations, professional reports, and publications. -Engage in collaborative work with peers to achieve research objectives.
Required Qualifications -Recent doctoral degree in natural products chemistry, pharmacognosy, or appropriate related field, completed by the time of appointment.

-Strong natural products isolation chemistry skills.

-Strong NMR interpretation skills

-Strong work habits and the ability to work independently as well as with a research group.

-Strong communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications – Hands-on experience with HPLC equipment. – Hands-on experience with obtaining NMR spectra -Evidence of good project management. -Evidence of developing publications based on research. -Ability to work under limited supervision. -Creativity, independence and high motivation. -Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of personnel in the organization.
Application Information Term of appointment: One year contract with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance and funding.

Start date: September 2016 or later

Candidates wishing to apply for this position must submit an online application on the Virginia Tech Personnel Services website: Search for posting number SR0160107, where further details on the position and information on how to apply for it are provided. Applications should complete the faculty application and attach a letter of application, a copy of the applicant’s most recent curriculum vitae, and a list of three professional references. Reference letters are not needed initially, but may be requested later. Consideration of applications will begin on July 21, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity employer.


Title Postdoctoral Researcher
Categories Post-Doctoral
Organization University of Minnesota, Center for Drug Design
Location Minneapolis, MN
Job Information

A postdoctoral position is available in the Salomon laboratory at The Center for Drug Design, University of Minnesota. We are seeking a highly self-motivated applicant to work on an interdisciplinary project focused on the discovery and characterization of anti-microbial natural products from fungi. This project is a collaboration among the labs of Christine Salomon (Center for Drug Design), Claudia Schmidt Dannert (Dept. Biochemistry), Peter Kennedy (Plant Biology) and Chad Myers (Dept. Computer Science and Engineering) at the University of Minnesota.

The successful candidate will help build, screen, and characterize a library of fungal extracts. The project will require assay development, natural product structural elucidation and characterization, and utilization of chemical genomic profiling data for both extracts and pure compounds.

Primary Job Responsibilities
• Optimize sample and data transfer between collaborating labs
• Help develop high throughput methods for isolation of antifungal natural products from fungal mycelial cultures and fruiting bodies
• Develop screening methods for testing fungal extracts
• Purify, identify and characterize bioactive compounds
• Apply a chemical genomics screening platform to identify the modes of action of active compounds and extracts
• Develop strong and effective collaborations across project labs at the U of M
• Publish results in peer reviewed journals
• Train and mentor additional project members (students, technicians, postdocs)

Qualifications and experience:
• A recent Ph.D. in pharmacognosy, chemistry, chemical biology, microbiology or related field (required)
• Extensive experience with isolation and structural characterization of natural products using bioassay guided fractionation, standard chromatography and spectroscopic techniques including multi-dimensional NMR and LC-mass spectrometry (required)
• Publication in peer reviewed journals as first author (required)
• Excellent oral and written communication skills (required)
• Experience in antimicrobial assays (desirable)
• High throughput screening experience (desirable)
• Excellent organizational skills and capacity to help drive a large, interdisciplinary project (desirable)
• Experience with chemical genomic screening methods and data (desirable)
• Excellent self-motivation and capacity to work as a member of a team (required)

Term of appointment: One year contract with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance and funding. 

Start date: July 2016

To apply:
Email the following as a single PDF attachment to Christine Salomon at with “postdoctoral position” in the subject line.
• Cover letter describing your relevant experience and training and motivation
• CV and publication list
• Names and contact info for 3 references

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer.


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