Assistant Scientist

May 08, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Classification Title:

Assistant Scientist

Job Description

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry (MC) in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy (COP) invites applications for a full-time, 12-month position at the rank of Assistant Scientist (non-tenure track). The successful applicant will have a commitment to excellence in research. This position will be responsible for management of the lab, supervision of students and visiting scholars.

The Assistant Scientist will also be responsible in the isolation and structure elucidation of constituents from Mitragyna species in order to investigate the pharmacology associated with individual alkaloids/constituents and extracts. Also, in the preparation of extracts of plants used as opium substituents, and in semi-synthesis or synthesis of lead molecules. These extracts, fractions or pure compounds (either synthesized or natural products) will be evaluated for their interaction with opioid and cannabinoid receptors with the aim of developing new agents for pain treatment and/or addiction. The successful candidate will have expertise in NMR and mass spectrometry with a strong background in bioassay-guided isolation of natural products and structure elucidation, and have a strong background knowledge of opioid and cannabinoid natural products; and active participation in the department and College. 

Advertised Salary: Commensurate with education and experience Minimum Requirements:

Applicants should hold a Ph.D in Chemistry, Pharmacognosy or a related scientific discipline. Post-doctoral research experience is required. Excellent communication skills are essential. Criminal Background Check Required. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Expertise in structural elucidation of natural products. 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

The Search Committee will accept applications through May 22, 2017. Applications will be reviewed starting May 23, 2017.

Applicants should submit online: (1) a letter of interest; (2) a CV; and (3) contact information for at least three professional references. Questions may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Chengguo Xing, UF College of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, PO Box 100485, Gainesville, FL 32610-0486.


The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

Health Assessment Required: No

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