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Postdoctoral Scholar - Organic Synthesis

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC)
Memphis, Tennessee
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
27 Jul 2024

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Health Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

Job Details

A postdoctoral scholar is needed to participate in research projects currently funded by the National Institute of Health under the supervision of an Associate Professor within the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

What would be the job duties?

• Develop new synthetic methodology with applications in medicinal chemistry in infectious diseases.
• Work independently to interpret results and design experiments.
• Work collaboratively with a team environment to carry out transformative science.
• Maintain detailed notes and record all research work via an electronic notebook system.
• Report data in team meetings and meetings with collaborators including those outside of UT Health Science Center.
• Participate in laboratory upkeep, maintenance of laboratory equipment, and safety activities.
• Contribute to the preparation and submission of reports and publications related to research.
• Present data in team meetings and meetings with collaborators (including those outside of UTHSC).
• Report results at external scientific meetings.
• Train and supervise graduate students working on the same or related project.







Ph.D. degree in chemistry with a strong foundation in organic chemistry (synthetic methodology or total synthesis of natural products), medicinal chemistry, or a related field

Experience in Photo-redox catalysis and/or fluorination.

• A creative thinker who can rise to the needs of multidisciplinary collaboration.
• Ability quickly to adapt to new ideas and therapeutic areas (within infectious diseases).
• A record of first-author publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals.

Special instructions to applicants: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, a CV, a research statement summarizing the current research accomplishments and future research goals and objectives and arrange for three references.

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is the flagship statewide, public, academic health institution in Tennessee. Founded in 1911, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science is to improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans and the global community by fostering integrated, collaborative, and inclusive education, research, scientific discovery, clinical care, and public service. Employing more than 4,600 people on its faculty, staff, and not-for-profit corporation faculty practice groups, and with more than 3,200 students across the state, UTHSC contributes $4 billion to the economy of Tennessee.

Part of the University of Tennessee System, the Health Science Center is headquartered in Memphis and includes all six of UT’s doctoral-degree-granting health science colleges -- Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Graduate Health Sciences, and Health Professions. UTHSC spans the state with its four major, regional clinical health science locations in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, as well as more than 100 clinical education sites across Tennessee. UTHSC is the largest educator of health care professionals in the state and operates the state’s largest residency and fellowship advanced training programs.

Located in West Tennessee on the banks of the Mississippi River, Memphis is the second-largest city in the state and among the largest cities in the Southeast. The Greater Memphis metropolitan area has more than 1.3 million residents, and the city ranks among those with the lowest cost of living in the country. It is home to a vibrant restaurant scene, a revitalized Downtown, the Midtown Arts District, many scenic neighborhoods, an active medical district, and a burgeoning airport in the midst of a $214 million modernization.

Memphis boasts attractions, including Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the Memphis Grizzlies, historic Beale Street, the National Civil Rights Museum, the second-largest urban county park in the United States, and the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.



The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), founded in 1911, is an accredited university that is part of the statewide University of Tennessee system. UTHSC includes the Colleges of Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. In Memphis, UTHSC is affiliated with many hospitals, including Methodist University Hospital, Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital. UTHSC also has campuses in Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga, as well as practice and education sites throughout the State. UTHSC, and its six colleges, provide educational and research opportunities to approximately 3500 professional and graduate students and 120 postdoctoral fellows. Founded in 1928, The College of Graduate Health Sciences (CGHS) is one of the six colleges in our dynamic UTHSC campus. Our mission is to improve the knowledge about human health through education, research, and public service, with an emphasis on improving the health of Tennesseans. The CGHS mission is part of the overall mission of The University of Tennessee and UTHSC . Research training is provided by the CGHS to both postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. The Postdoctoral Office was established in 2007, with the charge to provide appropriate infrastructure support for postdocs and their mentors. The overall goal of the Postdoc Office is to help ensure and enhance the quality and quantity of postdocs and their training experience. The Postdoctoral Office works with the UT Postdoc Association and the Postdoc Advisory Committee. We also support the National Postdoc Association. The Postdoctoral Office has specific responsibility for developing and overseeing policies that relate to postdoc training and work conditions as outlined in the UTHSC Postdoctoral Fellow Handbook and the Compact. In addition, we provide support and services for our postdoc fellows and their faculty mentors. In addition to the Postdoctoral Office, the CGHS offers graduate-level instruction leading to the Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, and Master of Dental Science degrees in the programs of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Dental Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Outcomes and Policy Research, Nursing Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology, and Speech and Hearing Science. Specialized education beyond the baccalaureate level through advanced study and research training prepares our graduates for careers in academia, industry, and government. Combined professional/Ph.D. are available for exceptionally qualified graduate students.
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