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University of Utah Postdoctoral Scientist (Bioorganic/Medicinal Chemisty) in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 02/03/2021

Requisition Number PRN25228B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Working Title Postdoctoral Scientist (Bioorganic/Medicinal Chemisty)

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00279 - Medicinal Chemistry

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 40,000 to 50,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

There is an opening for a postdoctoral scientist position in the Franzini group at the University of Utah. The position is available immediately and strong preference will be given to applicants that can start within the next three months. The work place will be located in the new Skaggs Pharmacy Research Building with access to state-of-the-art scientific facilities. The position is anticipated to last from one to three years.


The scientist will perform research in the areas of bioorganic and medicinal chemistry. Research areas of interest include synthesizing and evaluating drug lead compounds, assembling and screening DNA -encoded chemical libraries (DECLs), and developing bioorthogonal chemistry for application to problems in chemical biology and drug delivery.

A successful candidate should contribute to a positive work environment, which includes safe laboratory practices, and high scientific ethics standards. The position includes mentoring students and participating in routine lab maintenance.

Minimum Qualifications


An ideal candidate is highly motivated to advance his/her career by developing ambitious research projects. A minimal requirement is a Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Biology or a related discipline. The candidate should have an excellent training in standard chemistry techniques including organic synthesis. It is expected that the candidate is enthusiastic about learning new methodologies and concepts. Experience in any of the following areas would be an asset: bioconjugation, molecular biology, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, in silico drug design, and drug delivery. Good interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written) are anticipated. A high degree of self-motivation, and independence is expected.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Required documents: CV, cover letter explaining the motivation to apply for this position

Information about the research group can be found online:

Contact information:

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.