Title Natural Product Chemist / Project manager (MN-ChemMan2-Tasdemir)
Categories Post-Doctoral
Organization GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Research unit Marine Natural Products Chemistry
Location Kiel, Germany
Job Information

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation of public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90%) and the state of Schleswig-Holstein (10%) and is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine sciences. Currently GEOMAR disposes over an annual budget of approx. 72 million Euro and has approx. 950 employees.

In the frame of recently funded European projects, the research unit Marine Natural Products Chemistry / GEOMAR Centre for Marine Biotechnology (GEOMAR-Biotech) within the research division Marine Ecology, is offering a post as

Natural Product Chemist / Project manager

starting on 15th September 2016.

Job Description:

We are seeking an experienced candidate with demonstrated expertise in marine natural product chemistry/biotechnology and project management to carry out project management and research tasks in two European blue biotechnology projects funded by INTERREG BSR (Baltic Blue Biotechnology Alliance) and Horizon2020 (BLUE&GREEN). The holder of this post will perform a range of chemical and biotechnological research tasks, including generation and dereplication of marine extracts, purification and structure elucidation of natural products, process development and other biotechnological applications. Additional duties comprise project management of the EU funded projects, including establishment of a biomaterial info point in the Baltic Sea region, scientific partner management, involvement in surveys and database development/management and reporting.

Close interactions with research groups from a broad range of scientific disciplines as well as industrial partners and other stakeholders across Europe will be expected. Involvement and attendance in project meetings, workshops/summer schools, laboratory training and various brokerage/publicity events will be required.

GEOMAR Centre for Marine Biotechnology (GEOMAR-Biotech), a state-of-the-art research centre carrying out both basic and applied research, is part of the Research Unit Marine Natural Product Chemistry (RU MN) at GEOMAR. The research topics at RU MN/GEOMAR-Biotech range from fundamental marine chemical ecology to exploration of chemical components and biotechnological potential of marine micro- and macroorganisms for biodiscovery and development as medicines, food ingredients or for cosmeceuticals.

The Research Unit Marine Natural Product Chemistry ( is part of the Research Division Marine Ecology of GEOMAR. It is equipped with state-of-the-art chemical facilities including accelerated solvent extraction system, FT-IR, polarimeter, UPLC-QTOF-MS-coupled with DESI-Imaging Mass Spectrometry, HPLC-DAD-MS, HPLC-HRMS, GC-MS and the related compound and spectral databases, as well as microbiology/biotechnology facilities and over 50 in vitro biological assays. The GEOMAR has full access to the Department of Chemistry and their high-resolution (cryo-) NMR facilities. We are members of several excellence clusters, such as The Future Ocean, Kiel Life Sciences and several international consortia.

Qualifications required:
• PhD in natural products chemistry, (marine biotechnology) and or related field
• Competence and experience in natural product- and analytical chemistry techniques for chemical profiling, dereplication, isolation and structure elucidation of marine natural products by HPLC, LC-MS, NMR and other techniques
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in marine biotechnology (e.g. fermentation), preferably combined with experience outside academia (companies)
• Previous experience in project management and transnational cooperation
• Experience with data management, databases, surveys and mapping studies
• Experience in writing project reports, publications, conference papers and other types of dissemination and outreach activities
• Demonstrated skills and time management in multiple tasks
• Fluency and excellent oral and written communication skills in English
• Planning and organisational skills, prioritisation of multiple tasks, meeting strict deadlines
• Independency, capability of creative- and critical thinking, decision making, problem solving with discretion, self-motivation and curiosity

Former participation in EU funded projects is highly advantageous. Previous interaction with industry is highly desirable.

This is a full time position available from 15. September 2016, for the funding period until 28th February 2019. The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class 13 TVöD of the German salary rate for public employees. The position cannot be split.

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and explicitly encourages qualified female academics to apply.

GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages scientists with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process.

Please send your application containing: 1. Your CV, 2. Contact information for three references, 3. A cover letter explaining interest in the position and career goals, in a single pdf-file no later than 25.8.2016 by e-mail to the GEOMAR personnel office (E-mail: bewerbungen(at)

Please put keyword “MN-ChemMan2-Tasdemir” in the subject line of your email application.

For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Prof. Dr. Deniz Tasdemir by email ( and/or visit our website (

GEOMAR is a member of the Helmholtz Association and the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM). For further information please visit or


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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