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Job Opportunities for Graduate Students & Postdocs

Stanford University - Department of Chemistry and Chemistry, Engineering, and Medicine for Human Health (ChEM-H) Institute 

Posted 7/16/2019

The Dassama Laboratory within the Department of Chemistry and Chemistry, Engineering, and Medicine for Human Health (ChEM-H) Institute at Stanford University looking to fill 2 postdoctoral positions with highly motivated and percipient candidates. Ideal candidates will have completed (or be close to completing) a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biology, or a related discipline.  Ongoing projects include performing chemoenzymatic syntheses of natural products, investigating transport of molecules across biological membranes, and modulation of transcription factors.  Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter that details research experience and interests, a CV, and to provide contact information for three references.

All materials should be sent to

The University of Chicago

Postdoctoral Scholar 

Posted 04/01/2019

Dr. Aytek Oto, Professor and Interim Chair of Radiology, and Director of the Grossman Center for Prostate Cancer Imaging, has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow who will focus on MRI of prostate cancer.  The successful applicant would join one the leading laboratories working to develop innovative MRI methods for prostate cancer screening and image guided therapy.  The research focuses on development of new MRI methods for diagnosis of prostate cancer, including diffusion imaging, quantitative DCEMRI, quantitative T2 mapping, and hybrid multidimensional MRI.  The MRI Research center is equipped with two state-of-the-art Philips 3T scanners with specialized detectors for prostate imaging.  In addition, there is a 9.4 Tesla Bruker scanner for studies of small animal models of cancer.  State-of-the-art computing resources are available in the Department of Radiology and in the University’s Research Computing Center.  

The successful applicant would have the opportunity to learn all phases of biomedical MRI including data acquisition, pulse programming, quantitative data analysis, and correlation of MRI with histology.  They would join a large and successful interdisciplinary research group that includes medical physicists, MRI technologists, clinical research coordinators, programmers, Radiologists, Surgeons, Oncologists, and Pathologists.  This is an ideal opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary environment to learn translational MRI. 
The successful applicant would be mentored by Dr. Oto and Dr. Greg Karczmar, Professor of Radiology and Medical Physics, Director of MRI.  Oto and Karczmar have a strong record of preparing post-doctoral fellows for successful academic careers.    
This position requires a Ph.D. in Physics, Medical Physics, Physical Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, or a related discipline.   An understanding of NMR or MRI physics and instrumentation is preferred but not required.  A background in diffusion NMR or MRI, quantitative T2 mapping and/or DCEMRI is preferred but not required.  We are willing to train people who have a strong background in the Physical Sciences but modest NMR or MRI experience. 
The University of Chicago is located in the Hyde Park district of Chicago, a quiet residential area with a large student population, outstanding restaurants and entertainment venues, and easy access to the beach and downtown.  The nearby downtown and near north areas of Chicago provide outstanding access to museums, shops, entertainment, restaurants, and beaches. 
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination 
at  Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-6527 or email with their request. 
To apply, submit a curriculum vitae to: Anne Colgan 


Laboratory Assistant (2 positions)

Posted 04/01/2019

BioCellection has developed a breakthrough technology to turn unrecyclable waste plastics into virgin quality chemicals. You may have seen us on ABC, CNN, NYT, or Wired.

We are scaling up our process to turn unrecyclable plastic waste into renewable chemicals that make added-value products. We make the world better by preventing plastic pollution and reducing petroleum dependence.  We are seeking an experienced Laboratory Assistant to help us efficiently run our laboratory. This is a full-time or contractor position in Menlo Park, CA. We accept local applicants with the status for US employment.

Typical Activities in the Job

  • Carry-out chemical reactions and processes (ie. reflux, pressure reactors, filtration, distillation, extractions, titration)
  • Sample preparation for analytics including GCMS/LCMS/IR and run methods following an SOP
  • Prepare reaction feedstocks
  • Clean and maintain laboratory work areas including all lab equipment and glassware
  • Develop and maintain a chemical/consumable inventory and restock commonly used items
  • Research equipment parts or consumables and make purchases
  • Research relevant topics and gather information/data to assist the R&D team


  • BSc in Chemistry or equivalent (MSc preferred)
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working in a wet chemistry laboratory
  • Experience performing independent research is an asset
  • Experience working with hazardous materials
  • Must be comfortable working with hazardous materials and must comply to all health and safety regulations
  • Ability to carry out procedures following SOPs
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Attention to detail and problem solving skills
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multitask and prioritize work

Please apply via this link on Indeed


Senior Scientist, Computational Chemistry

Posted 03/22/2019

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.  Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases. 

We are seeking a creative, self-motivated Computational Chemist with exceptional interpersonal and problem solving skills to join the Computational and Structural Chemistry Group located in Boston, MA.

You will be responsible for the design and optimization of novel drug candidates using advanced computational techniques.  In addition to participating in Merck’s chemistry programs, you will be expected to enhance our modeling capabilities through methodology and software development as well as continue research in new areas relevant to the drug discovery and development process.


Education Minimum Requirement:

  • A Ph.D. (OR will receive in 2019), in chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, or equivalent with a computational emphasis

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to work well in multidisciplinary teams
  • Evidence of creative application of computational approaches to problems of pharmaceutical interest
  • Robust track record of publications, presentations and speaking engagements

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Expertise in modern molecular modeling techniques (docking, molecular simulation, homology modeling, quantum mechanics, QSAR / machine learning, ligand- and structure-based design) with modern software packages (e.g. Schrodinger, OpenEye, CCG)
  • Drug discovery experience in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry
  • Proficiency in scientific programming (e.g. Python, Pipeline Pilot) and data analytics (e.g. Spotfire)

Apply here (Requisition ID: CHE006292)

The Summer Academic Resource Center (SARC) 

Summer Tutors

Posted 03/19/2019

Open Positions

The Summer Academic Resource Center (SARC) is hiring approximately 20 tutors for the summer. The successful candidate will have proven academic success and a genuine interest in the subject area(s) they wish to tutor. Experience in tutoring or teaching is preferred. There will be opportunities for collaboration among Tutors, but the majority of each tutor’s work will be done individually. As such, the ideal candidate will be highly autonomous and able to multitask and manage multiple assignments.

Program Overview

SARC provides academic support to students enrolled in Summer Quarter through the Summer Tutor Program and Academic Advising. SARC serves all summer students: Stanford matriculated students, visiting students from other universities, and high-achieving high school students from around the world enrolled as visiting undergraduate students. The Summer Tutor Program hires ~20 tutors in a wide range of subject areas, providing drop-in tutoring and academic support programming. Academic Advisors advise visiting students on appropriate classes, assisting them with the add/drop and petition processes and working with tutors, residential staff, and other University offices as needed to support the academic success of students.

Position Overview

Reporting to the SARC Tutor Manager, Summer Tutors often work in multiple subject areas. In addition to holding regular drop-in tutoring sessions, tutors design, promote, and implement academic skills workshops. Depending on tutor qualifications, some tutors work as both subject area tutors and foreign language conversation partners. Tutors serve as academic role models for students.

Learn more

Array Biopharma

Research Scientist - Medicinal Chemistry

Posted 12/5/2018

We are seeking an entry level PhD chemist with strong synthetic organic chemistry skills for a laboratory-based position focused on the design and synthesis of novel small molecule drugs. The successful candidate will work well in a team environment, be innovative in synthetic planning and highly motivated to help meet team-driven goals. This role is based in Boulder, CO and eligible for a relocation package.

Apply here (Job Number #494038).

University of Reno, Nevada

Postdoctoral Scholar for Professor Yftah Tal-Gan

Posted 10/18/2018

The Tal-Gan lab ( in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nevada, Reno is seeking highly motivated and talented candidates for an NIH-funded Postdoctoral Scholar position specializing in Chemical Biology. The interdisciplinary project will focus on the utilization of chemical and biological tools to interrogate bacterial communications both within and between bacterial species.  The overarching goal of this project is to exploit the cell-density signaling mechanism, termed quorum sensing, as a potential anti-infective treatment to bacterial infections that are becoming resistant to modern antibiotics.

For more information, please visit this link.

University of Miami

Assistant - Associate Professor 

Posted: 10/3/2018

The Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami seeks applicants for a tenure-track appointment at an open rank level (Assistant – Associate Professor) in the field of biophysical chemistry starting in the 2019-20 academic year. The ideal candidate should be able to integrate his/her research activities with existing faculty in the Department of Chemistry and other interdisciplinary research programs such as Neuroscience and Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami.

Please apply to this position through the University’s Faculty Careers Website: