Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry

Job Details

Job location: Winston Salem, NC

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-03-18
Req: R0002310
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Job Description Summary

Under minimal supervision, performs experiments in the area of molecular biochemistry to study enzyme reaction mechanisms. Prepares biological samples including bacterial samples and performs quantitative kinetic analysis using established or adapted procedures.

Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • Performs and designs research experiments in the area of molecular biochemistry to study enzyme reaction mechanisms.
  • Maintains accurate and complete records of research, including laboratory notebooks and digital data records.
  • Prepares reagents such as buffers, enzymes, and nucleic acids for research.
  • Writes research results for publication in scientific journals.
  • Provides research guidance to undergraduates and graduate students.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry, Microbiology, or related fields.
  • Knowledge of the principles of molecular biology, molecular cloning, enzyme kinetics.
  • Knowledge of protein biosynthesis pathway.
  • Skills in the safe and accurate use of biological and chemical reagents including radioactive isotopes.
  • Ability to solve problems in the performance or results of experiment.
  • Ability to determine numerical calculations of reagent concentrations are expected.
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a group as part of team.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers including spreadsheet and data analysis programs.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision in experimental systems using the above knowledge and skills.
  • Moderate physical activity: Standing in the lab for periods of an hour or more. Manipulating fragile tubes, using a pipette.
  • The candidate will work with low levels of radioactive substances and toxic chemicals.


  • Responsible for own work.
  • Provides training and assists in the supervision of graduate and undergraduate students in the laboratory.

Additional Job Description

Time Type Requirement

Full timeNote to Applicant:This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.


Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (

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