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Posted March 2, 2021

Faculty Position at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

 The Department of Chemistry at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in synthetic organic chemistry, broadly defined, with expertise in synthetic methodology, chemical biology, medicinal chemistry, catalysis, green chemistry, natural product synthesis, or polymer synthesis, with an intended start date of Fall 2021. The candidate will be encouraged to participate in the Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery ( ), and/or the Macromolecules Innovation Institute ( ).

A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a closely related field is required; the degree is required at the time of appointment. The successful candidate must establish an internationally recognized research program and be an effective teacher in graduate and undergraduate courses. We welcome applications from diverse, underrepresented candidates.

Applicants must submit application materials online at in response to job number 515283. Application materials include a curriculum vita, a description of research plans (not to exceed five pages), a statement of teaching philosophy and plans (not to exceed two pages), and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin March 10, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

For any questions specifically related to the position, please contact Felicia Etzkorn, Search Committee Chair, at

For further information about the position and the Department of Chemistry, please visit .

People may apply to this position through the direct link:



Posted March 1, 2021

UCLA Stein Eye Institute, Los Angeles, California

Postdoctoral Scholar Position


Posted February 18, 2021

Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts

A special faculty search at Northeastern University, College of Science. The INVEST search is an experiment where we aim to hire exceptional scientists as Assistant Professors soon after finishing their Ph.D. degrees (i.e. postdoctoral research not required). The search is broad and can be in any area of Science.


Northeastern University Careers Portal - Details - Assistant Professor

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.


Posted February 17, 2021

Say It In 6! Please share this information with graduate students and postdocs in your area. (This competition is open to regional campuses, too!)

 Say It In 6 is a competition that challenges students and postdocs to tell a story about their Purdue experience — in a clear, concise and, most importantly, creative way — by using only six words and a visual aid. The competition is open to all graduate and professional students (at all campuses), nondegree students, and postdoctoral fellows at Purdue.

 Awards Include: 

  • $1,000 for first place
  • $500 for second place
  • $500 for the People's Choice Award winner 

The deadline to submit is March 19, 2021! Students and postdocs can learn more and submit at the following link:

 Winning entries are framed and hung throughout the Graduate School! You can see more past winners here

If you have any questions, please let me know!

 Thank you!

Brittany Ledman (She/ Her/ Hers)
Communication Specialist
The Graduate School



Posted February 10, 2021

EVONIK INDUSTRIES, Lafayette, Indiana

RD&I Scientist Position Available

 Please find attached the flyer with further information regarding the position.


Questions should be directed to:

Colby M. Vöst, Ph.D.
Scientist | Research, Development & Innovation | Health Care
P +1 765 477 3484 | colby.voest at

Evonik Corporation | Tippecanoe Laboratories

1650 Lilly Rd. | Lafayette, IN 47909 | USA

Posted January 25, 2021

Pfizer Summer Internship

Pfizer has always had a robust summer internship program and we are hoping this summer, interested students will be able to join us on site to do some exciting research with some of our exceptional scientists.  Pfizer medicinal chemistry in Groton, CT and LaJolla, CA are looking for some talented undergraduate and graduate students to participate in summer internships.  If you could please pass along the following information to any interested students, we would greatly appreciate that.

Pfizer medicinal chemistry is looking for talented undergraduate and graduate students with a strong interest in synthetic organic chemistry to participate in summer internships. Research will be conducted at one of our major R&D sites in Groton, Connecticut or La Jolla, California. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. Below is some information about the program:

Program outline:

Students will have the opportunity to work for 10-12 weeks directly with a medicinal chemist investigating a novel research project or as part of a larger project team. The internship includes various programs introducing the students to scientists within the Pfizer organization and concludes with a poster session. 


Undergraduate students who have completed at least two years of courses, or graduate students pursuing a PhD who have completed at least one year of research with their research advisor will be considered. Students can apply via the link found below – students should indicate a preferred site between Groton or La Jolla. A resume and cover letter are needed. The application portal is open until 3/5/2021. Students will be interviewed on a rolling basis, so I encourage them not to wait until the deadline.

We work with a third-party staffing company, so if one of your students does apply, please encourage them to in addition to applying to the above link (required) to also complete the questionnaire that we will review internally (see below, optional).

Pay and housing:

These positions are paid, housing and transportation to the Pfizer site are not included but housing is potentially available through local universities which can be reached by bike/car/carshare. More information will be provided during the phone interview.

 If any student would like more information, they can also contact me with any questions.

Nga Do
Process Chemistry
Pfizer, Inc
Eastern Point Road
MS 8220-2437
Groton, CT 06340
( 860-715-1223) at

Posted January 20, 2021

LC-MS Opportunity at Northwestern University

Northwestern University’s Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC – a combined center of cores for NU, inclusive of NMR, Crystallography, Mass Spectrometry, Laser/Electronics, Physical Characterization, and Pharmacology/Metabolomics cores) has an immediate need for an experienced LC-MS person. Specifically, the candidate would need to be experienced in HPLC and method development therein for MS detection. The position would be primarily part of our Clinical and Pharmacology Core (CPC) inside of IMSERC. The CPC performs pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic LC-MS quantitation as well as targeted metabolite (endogenous and exogenous) quantitation via LC-MS for researchers at Northwestern as a beginning-to-end solution (organ/biological fluid to PK modeling report – done by a PK, faculty expert here). Most of CPC’s work is either (1) repeats of previously validated assays, (2) development of new assays from literature examples, or (3) more rarely, ground-up, new LC-MS method development.

 The scope of the position is intended to be a 2-3 year post-doc appointment that can be viewed as similar to an “industry” or other “applied” post-doctoral position (this is not a “traditional post-doc” that would be intended to train and prepare someone to be an independent investigator in academia). Most cores in NU hire people this way, wherein the position is converted into a permanent position following and/or during this post-doc trial period, as a way verify it is a good fit for all. Funding has been secured for this conversion to a permanent position, so it is an inevitability to be a permanent position, providing the candidate is a good skill, team, and performance match. Additionally, we are also (longer-term) in need of an MS Director in IMSERC, so there is great potential for significant advancement or even immediate placement if the candidate checks all the right boxes today, though we would be looking for significant LC-MS experience for such a situation. IMSERC would also consider an internship from a current LC-MS capable graduate student looking to expand their applied use and experience.

 Please contact Ben Owen if interested:


Posted January 15, 2021

Graduate School Thesis Office Spring 2021 Workshops

March 3rd & 4th

These virtual sessions (all identical) will focus on thesis and dissertation formatting and deposit procedures.  Topics will include:

  • initiating the Electronic Thesis Acceptance Form (Form 9)
  • embargo and copyright options – what’s right for you?
  • formatting the thesis (Word and LaTeX)
  • deposit requirements and process
  • Q&A


Registration Required

Posted January 15, 2021

Graduate School Spring Professional Development Highlights:


  • We currently have 100 workshops scheduled, with more to come throughout the semester.
  • All our workshops are free of charge and will be hosted virtually this semester.
  • In response to the difficulties our students are currently facing, we’ve amped up our wellness workshops. Students should consider kicking off the semester by joining Dr. Drew Zaitsoff from CAPS for his workshop “Managing Uncertainty and Grad School in the Time of COVID-19” on Tuesday, January 19th @ 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • While preference is given to graduate students, faculty and staff are also welcome to register for our workshops.

 For more information about any of our workshops, or to register for a workshop, students can visit:


Posted January 13, 2021

Ferring Pharmaceuticals, San Diego, California

Ferring continues to have multiple positions open for excellent PhDs and postdocs at our growing San Diego research hub. I encourage any interested students to contact me directly. 

James Collins, PhD
Senior Scientist, Chemistry
Global Drug Discovery & External Innovation, Ferring Pharmaceuticals
4245 Sorrento Valley Blvd, San Diego, CA 92121; 858-657-1584


Posted January 12, 2021

CCO Professional Development Workshops

At present there are no plans to record these presentations. The CCO hopes this series will provide an overview of core career skills, and will encourage individuals to follow up with us for one-on-one career planning. (Make an appointment via BoilerConnect or by calling our office at 765-494-3981.)

January 19, 5:00 p.m. --- “So now what? Professional and Career Development during a global pandemic”

Register online here:

Attend this WebEx presentation to get an overview of professional and career development, and the job search process, and how it has changed over the past several months. Attendees will learn what employers are sharing with the CCO, discuss strategies to continue their skill development and professional growth.


January 20 at 5:00 p.m. --- “Personal Branding and Networking”  

Register online here:

This WebEx presentation will provide an introduction to how advanced degree seekers can develop and refine their professional brand, and how they can convey it via career tools like elevator pitches and LinkedIn summaries, and during career events like networking and informational interviews.


January 26 at 5:00 p.m. --- “How to convert a CV into a resume” AKA “Grad student & postdoc resumes”

Register online here:

Attend this WebEx presentation to learn how to convert an academic CV into a resume for industry and nonprofit careers. If you already have a resume, this presentation will provide strategies to convey your advanced degree skills more effectively to employers.


January 27 at 5:00 p.m. --- “Cover letter basics”

Register online here:

Attend this WebEx presentation to learn the fundamentals of writing a professional and compelling cover letter. Attendees will get an overview of writing letters for industry as well as academic and nonprofit positions.


February 2 at 5:00 p.m. --- “LinkedIn”

Register online here: 

Attend this WebEx presentation for an overview of the major features of LinkedIn, and ensure that you’re making the most of this useful resource during the age of physical distancing!


February 3 at 5:00 p.m. --- “Networking”

Register online here:

Attend this WebEx presentation to learn effective strategies for networking, including informational interviews, social media usage, & follow-up.  This presentation is most relevant for industry positions though individuals pursuing tenure track careers will also benefit from understanding networking fundamentals. 


February 9 at 5:00 p.m. --- “Interviewing”

Register online here: 

Attend this WebEx presentation to learn how to accomplish both goals of an interview: marketing yourself effectively, & learning as much as you can about the company. We will also discuss how to answer visa-related, salary-related, & inappropriate questions.


February 10 at 5:00 p.m. --- “Negotiation”

Register online here: 

Attend this WebEx presentation for an overview of the negotiation and job offer evaluation process. This presentation is most relevant for industry positions though individuals pursuing ten


Posted January 12, 2021

Merck & Co., INC, Boston, Massachusetts

We are hoping to fill an open postdoc position for summer 2021 with an emphasis on photo/electrochemistry.

 Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Organic Synthesis & Methodology job in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America | Research & Development jobs at Merck


Posted January 7, 2021

Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

The Department of Chemistry at Ball State University is conducting a Tenure-Track Faculty search for an analytical chemistry position to begin this fall.  To help increase our pool diversity we are trying to send to every Ph.D. granting chemistry department in North America.  Please share the link below with recent doctoral graduates and postdoctoral scholars in your department that may be interested.


Posted January 6, 2021

Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania

The chemistry department at Lafayette College was recently granted permission to conduct a
search for an assistant professor in the field of organic chemistry. This is not the normal time
period in which we would be conducting such a search, but I think we can all agree that 2020
was anything but normal. I would ask you to pass this note on to any post-docs or soon to
graduate Ph.D. candidates that have an interest in a career at a PUI. While teaching or post-doc
experience is preferred, it is not required. We especially encourage applicants from
underrepresented groups to further the College’s mission to promote diversity, equity and
inclusion..More about the position can be found on our department website
( If anyone has any questions about Lafayette or this position,
they can feel free to contact me. Thank you for your time and best wishes for a better 2021.
Chip Nataro (nataroc at
Marshall R. Metzgar Professor of Chemistry
Acting Head of the Department of Chemistry
Lafayette College

Posted January 6, 2021

We’d like to invite your graduate students in science departments to Choate, Hall & Stewart’s 2021 Spring Cocktail Reception and Career Exploration (invite attached). This is a great opportunity for students to meet the members of our Patent and Intellectual Property department and learn more about a career at Choate.

If you could share with your students and ask them to RSVP to with their resumes attached and preferred specialty breakout room (biology, chemistry, engineering), it would be much appreciated.

Posted January 5, 2021

The University of Nevada, Reno

 Department of Chemistry has initiated a search for a new Assistant Professor in Experimental Physical Chemistry.  I am writing to seek your help in identifying outstanding candidates for this position. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an active and innovative, externally funded research program in experimental physical chemistry with special interest in experimental spectroscopy (e.g. laser based, X-ray, etc.), Raman or infrared imaging, non-optical scanning probe microscopy, or nonlinear optical microscopy. Teaching duties include undergraduate and graduate courses in physical chemistry, instrumental analysis, and general chemistry.  This position is to further enhance the foci of UNR chemistry in either biological and/or materials chemistry.

Please bring this opening to the attention of qualified candidates who may be interested in applying for the position.  I have included a position announcement which may be posted or forwarded.

 To find more information or to submit an application please visit:

 Application review will begin January 11, 2021. The University of Nevada, Reno is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

 The University of Nevada, Reno is the land-grant institution for the State of Nevada with an enrollment of nearly 22,000 students, including over 2,800 graduate students.  Our department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Chemical Physics. The department has a total of 17 full-time academic faculty members, is housed in a four-story building, and is well equipped with modern research instrumentation.  We have recently moved our undergraduate teaching laboratories into new instructional facilities in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.  The city of Reno offers an excellent quality of life, with entertainment and cultural opportunities in excess of most cities of similar size. The city lies one hour from Lake Tahoe and four hours east of San Francisco, in the valley of the Truckee River on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, and has a mild high desert climate. A highly rated location for living and outdoor recreation, the Reno area also enjoys a flourishing and eclectic intellectual, artistic, and cultural community.

 For more information about the department and its programs, I invite you and potential candidates to visit our web site at:

Posted December 9, 2020

University of Washington, Tacoma

Please share the following job opening in Chemistry at the University of Washington Tacoma with late-stage Ph.D. students and postdocs in your department who would be interested in an Organic Chemistry/Biochemistry teaching position.

Position Details - Academic Personnel

Commitment to Diversity The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty...

Applicants should feel free to contact me regarding the position.

John Finke
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Search Chair

Posted December 2, 2020

Janssen, San Diego, California

The Discovery Chemistry team at Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) in La Jolla is searching for Master’s level candidates (or BS with 2+ years’ experience). They also have an opening for an entry level PhD scientist. They do not currently have an opening for an entry level Bachelor’s, but may open one within the next few months.

The job descriptions and links to apply can be found here:

Any undergraduates interested in a discovery chemistry position can contact Prof. Altman, who can introduce the undergraduate to a contact at Janssen. Additionally, Prof. Altman can introduce graduate-level researchers to the Janssen contact, who can review the CVs and Research Summaries.


Posted November 16, 2020

DARPA Expands Opportunities for Computer Science Researchers with New Post-doc Program

Effort intends to enhance health of U.S. computer science research workforce

Through its Young Faculty Award program, DARPA has provided funding opportunities since 2006 as a forward-looking way to familiarize rising researchers in junior positions with national-security-relevant work within the Department of Defense (DoD). Building on that effort, the agency today announced it would broaden the scope of its commitment to talented young scientists, engineers, and mathematicians through a new fellowship program focused specifically on postdoctoral researchers in the field of computer science with grants sized to support each fellow for up to two years. 

“Because the pandemic has disrupted research and teaching at institutions of higher education, the employment prospects of the current cohort of Ph.D. graduates has been severely impacted,” said Dr. Bill Scherlis, director of DARPA’s Information Innovation Office. “If left unaddressed, these adverse impacts will result in a shortfall in research-qualified individuals in computer-science fields such as cybersecurity, software engineering, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, human-machine interaction, social-network engineering, and other areas that are critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.”

DARPA’s announcement regarding the new research program is available at Those who submit proposals must clearly explain an addressable DoD problem they intend to investigate, show an understanding of what is currently the state-of-the-art in the relevant research space, and suggest the types of new insights or findings that could be explored to tackle the problem. According to Scherlis, submissions should also include a credible research plan and schedule, as well as critical, quantitative milestones to be pursued and met over the research period.

“In particular, we would like to see proposals that seek to expand core technical foundations, design novel application concepts based on these foundations, and explore the intersection of technical fields,” said Scherlis. “Novel combinations of cyber, artificial intelligence, and information technologies are encouraged, especially if they provide unique approaches to de-escalate or deter conflict.”

Participation in DARPA’s new program is open to current U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have received a Ph.D. degree no earlier than June 2019 or who will have received a Ph.D. prior to the date of award, and who will be appointed to a postdoctoral position at a U.S. institution of higher education during the 2021-22 academic year. The solicitation includes special provisions that allow technical proposals to be submitted by current Ph.D. graduates in anticipation of appointment to postdoctoral positions.

For more information about the research announcement, including the nine topic areas of interest, please visit


Posted October 30, 2020

UIUC Microanalysis Position

University of Illinois, Urbana

 Please pass this onto anyone who might be interested in Supervising the Microanalysis Facility in the School of Chemical Sciences at UIUC.  Anyone with ICP OES and ICP-MS experience is encouraged to apply as about 30% of the job is managing the facility and 70% of the job is elemental analysis and other small walkup instrumentation experiments.  The full job announcement is available on the website  Applications are due by Nov 12th.