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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


Looking for a highly motivated, competent and skilled synthetic organic and medicinal chemist with extensive research, strong background and experience in organic chemistry to join a laboratory focused on discovery, design and development of small-molecules as new molecularly targeted therapies for cancer. The candidates should demonstrate expertise in different methodologies used in syntheses of small and complex molecules, design and syntheses of biologically active molecules and their analogs, optimizing synthetic process. They should demonstrate skills in various analytical and preparative techniques including thin-layer chromatography, flash column chromatography, HPLC, NMR, LC-MS, IR, recrystallization, as well as to manage hazardous waste, organize chemical inventory, and searching scientific databases (Scifinder). Prior lab experience in the field of drug discovery particularly skills in multi-step synthesis and SAR is highly preferred. It is expected that the candidate has ability to work independently, as well as to be part of a multidisciplinary team, to collect and tabulate data, publish first-author high quality papers, attending conferences and presenting results, as well as to participate in the training of graduate students in a research laboratory setting.

Required Qualifications*

  • Applicant must have PhD in synthetic organic chemistry or medicinal chemistry.
  • Evidence of scholarly ability, record of publication in peer-reviewed journals, including first author publications.
  • This position requires experience in organic chemistry techniques.
  • The candidate is expected to conduct independent scientific investigations, to be a team player and have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Additional Information

Applications for this position should consist of a single PDF file that includes a Cover Letter, CV and contact information for 3 references. 

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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