Postdoctoral Research Associate (Organic Synthesis and Chemical Biology)


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Biomolecular Sciences (10000938)
Employee Designation:  Temporary Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

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Definition of Class

The Roy Laboratory is seeking highly-motivated postdoctoral scholars to join the expanding lab’s research program in chemical biology and anti-infective drug discovery for NIH-sponsored projects. We have two openings effective immediately.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Develop new synthetic methods with applications in medicinal chemistry for chemotherapeutic agents against drug-resistant infectious diseases.

  • Generate ideas to aid in the expansion of research programs in chemical biology to study bacterial virulence, pathogenesis, and host-pathogen interactions

  • Work independently to interpret results and design experiments

  • Work collaboratively with a team environment to carry out transformative science

  • Maintain detailed notes and record all research work via an electronic notebook system

  • Report data in team meetings and in meetings with collaborators (including those outside of the University of Mississippi).

  • Participate in laboratory upkeep, maintenance of laboratory equipment, and safety activities.

  • Contribute to the preparation and submission of reports and publications related to research

  • Report results at external scientific meetings

  • Train and supervise graduate students working on the same or related project

Minimum Education/Experience

  • A Ph.D. degree in chemistry with a strong foundation in organic chemistry (synthetic methodology or total synthesis of natural products) and/or chemical biology

  • Experience in Photo-redox catalysis and/or fluorination strategies

  • Experience in developing probes for activity-based profiling/chemoproteomics/microscopy/imaging

  • A creative thinker who can rise up to the needs of multidisciplinary collaboration

  • Adapt to new ideas and therapeutic areas (within infectious diseases) quickly

  • A record of first-author publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals

  • Experience with bacterial pathogens (chemical biology or microbiology) is a plus


The initial appointment will be for one year, renewable up to three years, contingent on continued funding and satisfactory performance. A competitive salary will be offered commensurate with qualifications, skills, and experience. A limited amount of relocation package is available as well.

How to Apply

Special instructions to applicants: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, a CV, a research statement summarizing the current research accomplishments and future research goals and objectives and arrange for three references to be sent to Dr. Sudeshna Roy (

For degree verification, an official copy of your transcript will be required upon hire.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


How will this experience advance your career?

  • You will gain experience in target identification and validation in infectious diseases

  • Diversify skill sets into medicinal chemistry, drug discovery, and chemical biology programs in drug-resistant bacterial infections

  • You will gain experience in structure-based drug design and computer-based drug design (molecular dynamics simulations, virtual screening)

  • Understanding ADME and pharmacokinetics

  • Collaborate with PIs and their research team members with complementary expertise in

  • Work in a highly collaborative environment with multiple Principal Investigators in the United States and abroad who are experts in biochemistry, computational chemistry, and microbiology

  • Contribute to the expansion of the Roy lab’s research program into complementary areas

  • Receive grant writing experience

  • Train and supervise students

Salary/Wage Information

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About UM and Oxford

The University of Mississippi is located in Oxford, MS, which is commonly rated among the top college towns in the country.  The School of Pharmacy is ranked in the top ten nationally for research funding, and is home to the National Center for Natural Products Research and the Center of Research Excellence in Natural Products Neuroscience. 

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Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Background Check Statement

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Offers are contingent upon completion of drug and alcohol screening.  Selected candidates must submit and successfully pass the screening prior to employment and placement within the position.

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