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Postdoctoral Scholar-Natural Product Biosynthesis and Synthetic Biology

University of Florida

Job Description

Classification Title:

Postdoctoral Associate

Job Description:

The Postdoctoral Scholar will work independently and collaboratively to develop a platform for discovering bioactive compounds directly from less-explored marine organisms. Additional duties of the role will include, but are not limited to:

  • Leading the development of the synthetic biology pipeline for effectively translating biosynthetic gene clusters into chemicals;
  • Characterizing the biosynthesis of novel natural products by developing/using interdisciplinary approaches;
  • Preparing and writing research papers, presentations, grant proposals, etc.;
  • Effectively coordinating research progresses with other members of a multi-faculty team regularly;
  • Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Performing routine lab maintenance and daily lab duties.
Expected Salary:

Commensurate with education and experience

Minimum Requirements:

A recent Ph.D. degree or equivalent international degree (within the past 2 years) in chemistry, microbiology, metabolic engineering, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, synthetic biology, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated expertise in synthetic biology applications, including genetic engineering of cyanobacteria and other bacteria and heterologous expression of biosynthetic gene clusters.
  • Self-motivation and independence;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Being able to multi-task with multiple projects and keeping pace in a dynamic research environment.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter stating how your research experience and interests fits this position, CV,  and a list of three professional references.

The University of Florida, College of Pharmacy, strives to stimulate a culture that promotes diversity and inclusion within an exceptional community of students, faculty and staff. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and are committed to developing leaders who respect, support and have a positive impact on all individuals. 

In recognition of its efforts to cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment, the College of Pharmacy was the recipient of a 2021 Insight into Diversity Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award. 

As a part of our review we look for a full CV which includes all professional appointments/engagements, all post-secondary education, and all publications from post-secondary education and all respective dates.  

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: No


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