Organic Chemist – Research Assistant

Job description


The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Research Assistant opportunity within the Chemistry department.


The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.  We welcome applicants of diverse races, ethnicities, geographic origins, gender identities, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, work experience, physical and intellectual abilities, and financial means. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. This commitment is consistent with our mission to inspire our students, using the Catholic intellectual tradition, to think critically, work skillfully, and act wisely – all for the common good.  A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.



The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

  • Up to 100% tuition remission for employees, spouses, and dependents upon eligibility
  • A generous Employer retirement contribution of 9.4% of annual salary upon eligibility
  • Medical, dental, and vision options
  • Employer-paid disability, life, and AD&D benefits


The nature of the position is to assist Dr. Ippoliti manage a research lab with a large number of undergraduate research students.  The purpose of the job is to keep the students safe and the lab clean, as well as help students by answering questions concerning their research projects, and at the same time carry out chemical reactions.  The person must also order chemicals for lab and is responsible for safe chemical waste disposal. This position requires the person to have two courses in organic chemistry and at least 2 years of research experience in an organic chemistry laboratory performing synthesis of organic compounds.   The person should be familiar with chemical research techniques and terminology.  The person should be proficient in column chromatography and other organic lab techniques. The person must be able to run a JEOL nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer and work up the data using MestReNova software and iNMR software.  The person must be able to teach organic chemistry labs.  The person must have strong organizational skills.


This is a one year term, benefits eligible position. The position is expected to last at least one year, depending on the business needs of the department.



  • Perform organic synthesis – set up reactions, perform extractions, recrystallizations and other purification techniques
  • Run a JEOL nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer and work up data with MestReNova and iNMR software.    
  • Manage a research lab – direct and answer questions for at least 10 students.  Assure that all students follow safety rules and regulations.  
  • Order and track chemicals and track all wastes in lab 
  • Write monthly research reports
  • Teach CHEM201/202 (organic chemistry) labs – 3 four hour labs   

Minimum Qualifications

  • BA in Chemistry or Biochemistry
  • At least 1 year doing synthetic organic chemistry
  • Be able to run column chromatography and run Biotage LC
  • Operate a microwave reactor, operate a JEOL NMR spectrometer, operate a Thales Nano H-cube Pro
  • Utilize MestReNova and iNMR to work up nmr data
  • In depth knowledge of organic reaction mechanisms

This is a one year term, benefits eligible position. The position is expected to last at least one year, depending on the business needs of the department.



On the University of St. Thomas Jobs page, follow the instructions to complete an online application which includes uploading a resume and copy/pasting a job specific cover letter.


In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires consent and successful completion of a background screening.

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The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer




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Posted: 6/21/2019
Application Due: 8/20/2019
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