Research Associate in Chemical Engineering

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-04-26
Req: R0005474

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work in the Lab of Prof. Rachel Letteri.

This position will primarily involve synthesis and characterization of peptides and polymer-peptide conjugates as therapeutics.  Additional responsibilities will include mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, writing papers and proposals, presenting research at lab and collaborative research meetings, and instrument training and maintenance.  The highest standards of ethics and laboratory safety will be expected at all times.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must have a PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, or a related field. The candidate should have experience in polymer and peptide chemistry, and associated characterization techniques – preferably in high performance liquid chromatography, spectroscopic characterization, controlled radical polymerization techniques, and bioconjugation chemistry.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Apply online at  and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research sample which can include a 2-page research summary and/or 1-2 selected publications, and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on May 5, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. 

This is a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Rachel Letteri, Assistant Professor, at [email protected] 

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at [email protected]

For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 4/27/2019
Application Due: 8/25/2019
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