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Postdoctoral Associate

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Chemistry
Location: Blacksburg - Main Campus
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

The Department of Chemistry at Virginia Tech is seeking a motivated postdoctoral associate for an NIH-funded, collaborative, medicinal chemistry project to optimize two promising antimalarial drug candidates. Malaria imposes an enormous burden on public health, particularly in Africa, and is responsible for nearly half a million deaths annually. Malaria parasites are now resistant to all known malaria drugs, and vaccines still show low efficacy. Thus new malaria drugs are urgently needed.

Working in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Carlier, the postdoctoral associate will synthesize drug candidates and molecular probes. These compounds will be evaluated in the laboratory of a collaborator, and data received will guide the next cycle of design and synthesis.

Duties and responsibilities:
• research activities (high degree of independence in the design and execution of experiments and analysis of data)
• maintain accurate records of laboratory activities
• assist with laboratory organization, management, and personnel training
• present results in lab meetings and at local and national scientific conferences

Required Qualifications

• PhD in chemistry. PhD must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.
• publications in organic synthesis
• ability to organize duties and to work independently as well as within a research group
• effective communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

• experience with multistep organic synthesis and reaction optimization
• experience in medicinal chemistry and analyzing structure-activity relationships
• ability to maintain careful and organized records
• ability to work productively in a collaborative environment


Appointment Type


Review Date

November 3, 2021

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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