Post Doctoral Research Associate

The University of Georgia
Athens Area
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Aug 11, 2021

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Post Doctoral Research Associate


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About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Athens Area

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The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).


Chemical biology, organic chemistry, and enzymology for the chemoenzymatic synthesis of glycans and glycomimetics for drug discovery. Structural characterization of complex oligosaccharides by spectroscopic methods. Bioconjugation for compounds modification. Top-level research on the chemoenzymatic synthesis of glycomimetics for drug discovery employing a combination of chemical and enzymatic approaches.

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Binding studies by ELISA, SPR and BLI to evaluate potency of glycomimetics.

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Development of cell-based assays to examine glycomimetics.

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Assist in management and coordination of an organic chemistry laboratory. Responsible for maintenance and repair of instrumentation, chemical management, laboratory documents; Responsible for the ordering of laboratory supplies and chemicals. Responsible for teaching new graduate students about specific safety issues and making sure that the PI’s synthetic labs are up to par with all the safety regulations.

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Directing a research program, conducting literature searches, addressing scientific difficulties, supervision of graduate students and writing scientific documents, proposals and papers.

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Post-Doctoral Associate AD





Position Summary:

The position will entail performing a research program dealing with the preparation and biological evaluation of complex glycan and glycomimetics. Purification of intermediates, NMR and MS will be extensively used for compound characterization. Various assays will be employed to examine for biological activity using in vitro assays. Support will be provided to management and coordination of an organic chemistry laboratory.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position:

Ph.D. degree in chemistry or chemical biology with extensive experience in complex glycan chemistry and biochemistry including an ability to identify target compounds of biological importance, device synthetic routes for such compounds, and employ chemoenzymatic syntheses to obtain glycan and glycomimetics. Extensive experience with various spectroscopic technologies including NMR for compounds characterization is essential. Experience with LC/MS and binding assays.

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Normal lab activity.

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The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education. It is the birthplace of the American system of public higher education.

university_of_georgia2.jpgToday, UGA enrolls more than 36,000 students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 765 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 17 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work and Veterinary Medicine. It offers 25 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 34 master’s degrees in 130 fields; 18 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 98 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the top third of the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 4.7 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 21 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. In 2008, UGA was the only public university in America to have two recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by television and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals and the World Wide Web. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.


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