Postdoctoral Fellow in Natural Products Research
The research team of Drs. Nicholas Oberlies and Nadja Cech, both in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, are seeking postdoctoral chemists for a suite of projects. Presently, there is at least one position open that focuses on the analysis of herbal medicines as they affect drug metabolism, working in a multidisciplinary team that seeks to better understand and predict “drug-diet interactions.” Other research projects, spanning herbal medicines to drug discovery from fungi, are also available for the appropriately motivated scientist.
The ideal candidate will have earned a Ph.D. in pharmacognosy, medicinal/organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and/or natural products chemistry. While the specific skill sets are somewhat flexible, direct experience with how to isolate, measure, and/or determine the structures of secondary metabolites with NMR and/or mass spectrometry is a requirement.
This is a unique position. Besides scientific acumen, leaderships skills are an absolute requirement, particularly in a team oriented research environment. Moreover, effective communication skills, both orally and in writing, are absolutely essential. More broadly, we also seek someone that has an adventurous spirit and embraces creativity to push the envelope of science forward, regardless of the application.
The position is a 12 month term appointment with the option of renewal based on progress. The applicant will report directly to Dr. Oberlies but will also receive mentorship from Dr. Cech.
The Oberlies Research Group has active, funded projects in both the drug discovery and herbal research realms. In the drug discovery arena, this team is examining diverse source materials, particularly fungi, for new anticancer and antibiotic lead compounds. In the herbal arena, the team works with plant materials to develop reference standards and/or examine herbs for potential interactions with cytochrome P450s. More specific details about these and other projects can be found on Dr. Oberlies webpage: http://www.uncg.edu/che/faculty/NicholasOberlies.html.
The Cech research group works in close collaboration with the Oberlies group on a number of projects involving the identification of bioactive compounds from natural products. Areas of emphasis in the Cech group include the development of new mass spectrometry strategies for evaluating biological activity, and the study of synergistic interactions in complex botanical mixtures. Dr. Cech received her PhD in mass spectrometry from Dr. Chris Enke, and also has an established track record of success in fundamental studies of electrospray ionization. More information about the Cech group can be found at http://www.uncg.edu/che/faculty/cech/.
Applicants should send a complete curriculum vita/resume to: Dr. Nicholas Oberlies, Dept of Chemistry/Biochemistry, UNCG, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170.
If using email, send to firstname.lastname@example.org; please place the terms ‘postdoctoral fellowship’ in the subject line.
Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. UNCG is an EEO/AA:W/M/V/D employer.