Postdoctoral Researcher

Updated: 3 days ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Position Overview

The Vaccine Analytics and Formulation Center (VAFC) is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher for its unique and innovative biotechnology center located within the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Kansas. The VAFC’s focus is on developing new vaccine and biotherapeutic candidates for the developing world.

Job Description

50% - Designing and Execution of Experiments

  • These duties include carrying out original research relative to the mission of the center. The center is focused on the development of pharmaceutical formulations of biopharmaceuticals and vaccines. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to perform experiments on an individual basis that pertain to current research topics in the center including analytical characterization, stabilization, formulation and delivery of a wide variety of macromolecules used as biopharmaceutical drugs and vaccines including peptides, proteins, nucleic acids, virus-like particles, live attenuated viruses and bacterial cells. 
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 CD, fluorescence, FT-IR, light scattering calorimetric techniques, HPLC, gel and capillary electrophoresis, LC-MS and other biophysical and biochemical techniques
15% - Routine Lab Management
  • These duties include but are not limited 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 lab safety.

Required Qualifications

1.  Ph.D. in the area of degree in the field of virology (preferred), biology, microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry or related field.

2.  Excellent written communication skills as demonstrated in application materials and publications.

NOTE:  This is a limited term position.  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 inidicating 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.

Preferred Qualifications

1.  Experience in protein biochemistry.
2.  Experience and design of relevant experiments using biophysical techniques such as CD, fluorescence, DSC and light scattering.
3.  Experience in high throughput excipient screening for biopharmaceuticals.
4.  Experience with HPLC, gel and capillary electrophoresis, LC-MS and peptide mapping.
5.  Knowledge of cell and molecular biology.
6.  Academic or industrial laboratory experience using cell culture, cell based assays, and/or performing viral plaque assays.
7.  Publications in the areas of pharmaceutical sciences, biochemistry, virology and/or cell biology.
8.  Demonstrated ability to work successfully as part of a collaborative research effort.

Contact Information to Applicants

Emily Dykes

Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete application includes an online application, cover letter, resume highlighting pertinent experience relative to the required and preferred qualifications and contact information for three professional references.  Only complete applications will be considered.

Application review will begin on November 15, 2021 and will continue until a successful candidate has been identified.  

Advertised Salary Range

48,000.00 Commensurate with qualifications and experience

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Limited Term End Date


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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