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Postdoctoral Associate

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: FLSI Investments
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

This position will report to the Director of the GlycoMIP User Facility. The postdoctoral associate will work with other GlycoMIP team members to conceive and execute carbohydrate-related research projects, specifically in the area of synthesis. This position will also participate in training and outreach activities as required. The postdoctoral associate is a motivated team-player who, while leading synthesis activities, works effectively with others to complete related characterization, including chromatographic, NMR and mass spectrometry services.

Information about GlycoMIP

GlycoMIP is a National Science Foundation-funded Materials Innovation Platform, MIP ( with user facilities at Virginia Tech (VT) and the University of Georgia (  Virginia Tech maintains synthesis and characterization resources, including two automated glycan synthesizers.  The user facility, along with a large in-house research effort and a vibrant education and outreach program, support the growing glycomaterials scientific community.  Virginia Tech currently seeks a postdoctoral associate to lead its carbohydrate synthesis activities.  

Required Qualifications

• PhD in Chemistry or related field with the PhD awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment and with a minimum of one year of eligibility remaining
• Documented experience with synthesis-based glycosylation chemistry
• Excellent communication, organization and interpersonal skills
• Ability to design and execute complex experiments
• Capable of working independently
• Success working in a team environment

Preferred Qualifications

• Ability to trouble-shoot equipment and instrumentation
• Experience with proposal writing and review processes
• Experience preparing and effectively delivering instructional materials
• Experience using laboratory management systems

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Salary Starts at $54,000

Review Date

April 19, 2023

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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