Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Functional Title:

Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Position Eclass:

EP - EHRA 12 mo leave earning

University Information:

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry ( features an extremely supportive and collegial environment with 15 full-time faculty and a diverse student body. We offer a BS in Biochemistry, a BA, BS, and MS in Chemistry including biochemistry options, and a PhD in Medicinal Biochemistry. Our department is housed in a 170,000 square foot, $35 million state of the art science building. Excellent core instrumentation and state of the art facilities for NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry with full-time support staff are available on site.

Position Summary:

This is an opening for a Post Doctoral Fellow position in the Chekan Lab ( Our research is focused on the biosynthesis and engineering of RiPP natural products.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. or will earn a Ph.D. (before hire date) in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Natural Products Chemistry, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry, chemistry, and/or natural products chemistry. They will also have expertise in molecular biology, enzyme assay development, genomics/transcriptomics, and/or small molecule isolation and characterization. De-novo structure elucidation, mass spectrometry, and bacterial fermentation of natural products are particularly desirable skills. A desire to participate in team-oriented research, contribute to student training, and effectively communicate research findings are all essential.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants are asked to provide the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least three (3) contacts to provide Letters of Recommendation, in the References section of the electronic application. These contacts will be solicited by the SpartanTalent system via email and asked to provide a confidential Letter of Recommendation on behalf of the applicant. This will occur when a candidate is being considered for an interview.

Applicants are required to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References

Applicants are required to upload a list of references of at least three (3) professional references that includes:

  • Name
  • Company Name
  • Type of reference (Professional, Supervisor, Colleague, Academic or Personal). One (1) of those references will need to be a current or previous supervisor.
  • Email Address
  • Contact Phone Number

Applications are not successfully submitted until an online confirmation number has been received at the end of the application process.

Recruitment Range:


Org #-Department:

Chemistry & Biochemistry - 12205

Job Open Date:


For Best Consideration Date:


Open Until Filled:




Type of Appointment:

Time Limited

If time-limited, please specify end date for appointment.:

1 year appointment with option to renew.

Number of Months per Year:




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Key Responsibility:

Conduct Research

Essential Tasks:

Conduct original research in the area of natural product discovery and biosynthesis. Design and carry out experiments including protein expression, enzyme activity assays, bioinformatics, and small molecule isolation.

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Key Responsibility:

Presentation and Reporting

Essential Tasks:

Prepare and present updates on ongoing research, provide written reports on research progress, participate in group meetings and present seminars to scientific community when asked. Contribute to the preparation and submission of reports, proposals, and publications related to research.

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Essential Tasks:

Assist with supervision and support of graduate and undergraduate students with their research projects. Provide training to students on proper laboratory protocols, safety procedures, experimental design, and data analysis.

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Key Responsibility:

Maintain Research Data

Essential Tasks:

Maintain an up to date file of current literature.

Physical Effort:

Hand Movement-Repetitive Motions - F, Hand Movement-Grasping - F, Holding - F, Finger Dexterity - F, Reading - F, Writing - F, Hearing - F, Talking - F, Standing - F, Sitting - F, Walking - F, Lifting-0-30 lbs. - F, Bending - F, Squatting - F, Reaching - F




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Job No:
Posted: 12/16/2020
Application Due: 3/16/2021
Work Type: Full Time