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Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery

Job Description: A postdoctoral fellow position is available immediately in the laboratory of Prof. Yan Zhang, Virginia Commonwealth University. We are seeking highly motivated synthetic organic chemists and medicinal chemists to join a comprehensive drug discovery program. Dr. Zhang’s lab is conducting highly interdisciplinary research focused on pre-clinical development of novel drug candidates, which covers chemical synthesis, medicinal chemistry, biochemical and biophysical assays, and molecular modeling. The successful candidate will be involved in design and synthesis of small molecule targeting G-protein coupled receptors mainly. The duties will include design, synthesis, and biological characterization of novel lead compounds to develop drug candidates in treating varies types of diseases, including substance abuse and addiction, cancer, AIDS, and neurological disorders. Applicants should have a PhD degree in synthetic organic chemistry or medicinal chemistry. This position requires extensive experience in designing synthetic routes for novel compounds, solving challenging synthetic problems, and SAR analysis. Applicants also need to be able to apply NMR, IR, HPLC, and MS methods to solve organic chemistry inquiries. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are also required. To apply, please submit cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references combined into one PDF file by e-mail to: yzhang2@vcu.edu. Contact: Yan Zhang, Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University, Biotech I, 800 E Leigh Street, Richmond, VA 23298.


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Several NIH-funded postdoctoral positions are immediately available in the laboratories of Professor Umesh Desai and his collaborators at VCU to study chemistry, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, biology and cancer-related biology of key natural biopolymers called glycosaminoglycans (see Glycosaminoglycans - Chemistry and Biology (Editors: Balagurunathan, Nakato and Desai), Elsevier (2015) pg 1 - 625). Applicants should have demonstrated publication record in one or more basic science areas listed above. Send a one-page cover letter; a two-page executive summary of your research accomplishments; and a max 6 page CV with names and contact information of your three referees to Mrs. Michelle Wise (mcwise@vcu.edu).