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Post-Doctoral Scholar, Inorganic Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Job Title Post-Doctoral Scholar, Inorganic Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry
Requisition Number FE00798
Working Title Postdoctoral Researcher, Inorganic Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry
Department Name 8E030:Chemistry
Work Location Lexington, KY
Type of Position Temporary
Position Time Status Full-Time
Tenure Track Status
Required Education

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, or a closely related field.

Required Related Experience

Experience with multi-step synthesis; expertise in spectroscopic techniques, including UV/Vis and fluorescence, mass spectrometry, electrochemical characterization, ICP, photochemistry and photophysics

Required License/Registration/Certification


Job Summary

The Department of Chemistry at The University of Kentucky is accepting applications for a postdoctoral researcher. The appointment is for one year with renewal dependent on performance and availability of funding. Responsibilities include independently driving research with minimal supervision towards publication in peer reviewed journals, grant applications, and presentation at scientific meetings. We are seeking a candidate with extensive inorganic, organic, or organometallic chemistry experience to support a growing R&D program in medicinal inorganic chemistry. Expertise in spectroscopic techniques (generally, UV/Vis and Fluorescence) and analysis is also strongly desired.

Successful candidates must be willing and able to work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists to design, synthesize, and test families of compounds with biological activity. The project requires synthetic expertise, along with the associated analytical skills required for compound structural characterization (NMR, IR, UV-Vis, HPLC, X-ray, Mass Spec, etc.). The candidate will be expected to link structure with experimental activity data to develop structure-activity relationships (SAR) to drive an iterative research process towards the development of highly potent agents. Findings will be published in peer-reviewed publications.

Applicants should submit three documents: 1) letter of application, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) research statement (upload as Specific Request 1). Please also provide the names and contact information for at least three references when prompted in the application. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

For more information about this position, email Please note that, to be considered an applicant, you must submit an application via the UK Jobs system.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

Ability to communicate scientific results effectively, both written and oral

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? No
Preferred Education/Experience

Expertise in heterocyclic synthesis, experience with air-sensitive experimental manipulations, mechanistic studies, microwave synthesis, inorganic synthesis, and characterization of organometallic or coordination compounds; experience in screening, data analysis, kinetic and mechanistic studies; strong publication record; and excellent communications skills.

Deadline to Apply
Open Until Filled Yes
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Posting Specific Questions

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  1. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's Online Employment System?
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    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Specific Request 1
Optional Documents