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Please send letter of application, CV, and the names of at least 5 potential references to David H. Sherman via email:  Applications will begin to be reviewed immediately and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Job Summary

The College of Pharmacy is recruiting a Research Faculty Member in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry to serve as a Co-Director in the Vahlteich Medicinal Chemistry Core (VMCC).

The VMCC ( at the University of Michigan has several objectives: 1) To establish productive grant-funded collaborations with biomedical researchers at UM and elsewhere that facilitate novel therapeutic target validation in vivo with small molecule probes; 2) to provide fee-for-service synthesis of small molecule tools for biomedical investigations; 3) to train graduate students in the strategy and techniques of drug discovery and early development; 4) to conduct non-didactic teaching and mentoring of postdoctorial fellows, junior research colleagues, or students; and 5) to consult on all matters pertaining to early drug discovery including: lead selection and optimization, molecular modeling, patentability assessment,and pharmacokinetic optimization.


The successful candidate will work with the VMCC director to: 1) manage ongoing funded drug discovery collaborations; 2) establish new collaborations through meetings with prospective collaborators, scholarly research and collaborative grant preparation; 3) prepare quotes for potential recharge clients; 4) draft patent applications and publications as appropriate; 5) track supply spending and manage individual project budgets; 6) identify and manage CRO chemistry support if needed; 7) mentor students, trainees, and junior colleagues.  The position reports to the chair of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry.

Required Qualifications*

  • PhD degree in organic chemistry with emphasis on organic synthesis
  • > 2 years postdoctoral training in organic synthesis
  • > 15 years experience in pharmaceutical industry drug discovery as a synthetic medicinal chemist
  • > 5 years experience leading interdisciplinary project teams in drug discovery
  • > 2 years experience managing PhD level medicinal chemists
  • Demonstrated success at small molecule drug discovery, as evidenced by delivery of clinical candidates, inventorship on issued patents, and major authorship in high impact peer- reviewed journals
  • Experience in managing CRO personnel
  • Didactic teaching experience, preferably at the graduate level

Desired Qualifications*

  • Familiar with major computational chemistry software, including MOE, Gold and AutoDock
  • Experience with structure-based drug design

Additional Information

Specific rank and salary are commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

Background Screening

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.