Postdoctoral Researcher

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


Medicinal Chemistry

Position Overview

We are seeking Synthetic Chemists to fill a postdoctoral researcher opening in one of the labs in medicinal chemistry department (PI: Zarko Boskovic). Candidates will hold, or be close to completing, a PhD level qualification, with significant expertise in synthetic organic chemistry and a passion for applying their scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills to drug discovery collaborations. This is primarily a laboratory-based role, where the main responsibility will be the design and synthesis of target molecules and compound collections. This position is part of a cross-functional team working at the forefront of chemistry and biology research. There are ample opportunity to develop skills at the intersection of chemistry and biology via exposure to a wide breadth of science and interaction with scientists from diverse cultural and scientific backgrounds.

Job Description

50% - Designing and Execution of Experiments

  • Carry out original research in synthetic organic chemistry and chemical biology that supports the goals of the lab and contributes to the lab's competitiveness for funding.

20% - Write Reports and Papers

  • These duties include writing technical reports for the industrial clients, standard operating procedures of new and unique laboratory equipment and writing scientific papers for peer reviewed journals.

15% - Assist Other Center Members with Experiments

  • Trains other staff in the use of specialized equipment as well coordinates the maintenance of laboratory equipment.  Equipment includes NMR, X-ray, UV Vis, HPLC, LC-MS and other biophysical and biochemical techniques

15% - Routine Lab Management

  • These duties include but are not limited to ensuring systems are in place for efficient planning of lab supplies, management of laboratory records and documents as well as experimental protocols and data, and coordination of good lab practices and safety.

Position Requirements

  • NOTE: Due to funding, KU School of Pharmacy is not able to provide H-1B sponsorship for this position
  • Position is limited term with a typical duration of 1-5 years.  Individuals who have served as a postdoctoral fellow/researcher for five years in the same area of research are not eligible.

  • Required Qualifications

    1.  Doctoral degree in medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, chemical biology, biochemistry, molecular biology or a closely related field.

    NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed six months. Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

    Contact Information to Applicants

    Zarko Boskovic

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    A complete online application will include a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references. 

    Review of application is scheduled to begin September 7, 2021, and will continue as needed until the position is filled.

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    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding, Limited Term

    Work Location Assignment



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