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Postdoctoral Fellow Position

A 1-year postdoctoral position (with possibility for renewal) is available immediately in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia.

The Hein research group is a multidisciplinary research team merging synthetic organic chemistry with laboratory automation and artificial intelligence. Our research focuses on the investigation of new catalytic reactions – aimed toward the understanding and controlling the complexity within these processes. These studies allow us to design new chemistry and chemical processes to enable scalable manufacture of new and valuable molecules. We meet these challenges with either new chemical solutions, such as novel catalysts and reaction conditions, or prototype compound isolations, involving crystallization and separation technology.

The current position is focused on applying our novel in-situ reaction analysis technology to study and understand complex catalytic reaction mechanisms. This research project will provide candidates with the opportunity to design and study novel catalytic reactions. In addition, opportunities will exist to fabricate, prototype and test new automated robotic equipment to enable high-throughput reaction analysis.

Candidates should have a PhD in organic chemistry or related field (recent graduate or postdoc with < than 2 years postdoctoral experience) with a background in synthesis and reaction methodology. They should be self-motivated with a keen interest in the interdisciplinary nature of organic process chemistry. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, as well as proficiency in standard laboratory software are highly valued.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. Canadian and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada.

Duties:

Key Responsibilities:

• Synthesize novel small molecule organic compounds
• Study catalytic reactions using advanced kinetic analysis.
• Characterize organic products using common single molecule and solid-state techniques (NMR, IR, UV, HPLC, MS, X-ray)
• Synthesize, isolate and characterize catalytic intermediates to delineate complex reaction pathways.

 

Valuable Additional Skills:

• Experience developing small molecule crystallization protocols
• Familiarity with methods to study solid phase solubility and crystal growth
• Experience with laboratory automation technology
• Managing collaborations
• Laboratory management and organization

 

Applicants should send:

• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae, with list of publications
• A summary of current work (maximum one-page)
• Applicants should also arrange to have 2 reference letters sent directly:

 

Deadline for receipt of complete applications is April 15th, 2018

 

 

Postdoctoral Fellow Position

A 1-year postdoctoral position (with possibility for renewal) is available immediately in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia.

The Hein research group is a multidisciplinary research team merging synthetic organic chemistry with laboratory automation and artificial intelligence. Our research focuses on the investigation of new catalytic reactions – aimed toward the understanding and controlling the complexity within these processes. These studies allow us to design new chemistry and chemical processes to enable scalable manufacture of new and valuable molecules. We meet these challenges with either new chemical solutions, such as novel catalysts and reaction conditions, or prototype compound isolations, involving crystallization and separation technology.

The current position is focused on developing and extending our applications in selective crystallization of small molecules using novel continuous flow technology. This position is funded in collaboration with industrial partners.

Candidates should have a PhD in organic chemistry or related field (recent graduate or postdoc with < than 2 years postdoctoral experience) with a background in synthesis and reaction methodology. They should be self-motivated with a keen interest in the interdisciplinary nature of organic process chemistry. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, as well as proficiency in standard laboratory software are highly valued.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. Canadian and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada.

Duties:

Key Responsibilities:

• Synthesize novel small molecule organic compounds

• Study crystallization behavior of small molecule organic materials.

• Characterize organic products using common single molecule and solid-state techniques (NMR, IR, UV, HPLC, MS, X-ray)

• Design and execute separation strategies for synthetic chiral molecules.

 

Valuable Additional Skills:

• Experience developing small molecule crystallization protocols

• Familiarity with methods to study solid phase solubility and crystal growth

• Experience with laboratory automation technology

• Managing collaborations

• Laboratory management and organization

 

Applicants should send:

• Cover letter

• Curriculum vitae, with list of publications

• A summary of current work (maximum one-page)

• Applicants should also arrange to have 2 reference letters sent directly to.

 

Deadline for receipt of complete applications is March 30th, 2018

 

 

Research Associate - Chemical Genetics Research Program

Position Description

The position will be for an organic chemist to carry out the synthesis of biologically active natural products and analogs of biologically active natural products as part of a chemical genetics research program aimed at finding and optimizing new natural product drug lead compounds and discovering new drug targets. The successful candidate should have at a minimum a PhD in chemistry from a recognized university, postdoctoral research training, and 5 or more years of independent organic chemistry research experience. The successful candidate should be well versed in synthetic organic chemistry methodology, NMR and mass spectrometric characterization of organic compounds, chromatographic separation of organic compounds, computer aided drug design, graduate student research supervision, manuscript and research report preparation, and laboratory safety, and be able to work independently. The position will be at the Research Associate level and it is for one year and may be renewed subject to available funding. The position is available immediately and the successful candidate must be able to start as soon as the position is offered.

Anticipated Start Date

March 12th, 2018

Deadline for Applications

Review of all applications will begin on March 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Employment Equity

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community.  We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority

How to Apply

Email your CV, three reference letters or contact information for three references to Raymond Andersen, Department of Chemistry, UBC:

Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada.