Position overviewPosition title: Synthesis Coordinator
Open date: March 21st, 2022
Most recent review date: Friday, May 13, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Saturday, Jun 18, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The NSF Center for Genetically Encoded Materials (C-GEM) is establishing a fundamentally new way to program chemical matter and transform the way scientists design and produce materials and medicines. Using computation and experiment, C-GEM is repurposing nature’s protein synthesizing machine–the ribosome and its associated translation factors–to biosynthesize genetically encoded, sequence-defined chemical polymers with unprecedented functions and activities.
C-GEM is seeking a talented and innovative chemical Synthesis Coordinator to join our team. Your work will focus on the design and synthesis of complex and stereochemically pure molecules to advance C-GEM’s efforts to expand the chemistry of the proteome. The successful applicant will be a key member of a spectacular collaboration between chemists, biologists, and engineers. C-GEM’s goal is to create fundamentally new forms of chemical matter using the ribosome as a chemical catalyst. This position represents a unique opportunity to apply sophisticated synthetic tools at the forefront of chemical and synthetic biology.
The successful applicant will both execute and lead chemical synthesis, purification, and characterization activities; mentor and advise a team of graduate students and postdocs, providing guidance in designing and optimizing reactions, troubleshooting unexpected results, and communicating progress to the broader C-GEM team. Position duties will include contributing intellectually to cutting-edge research at the interface of chemistry, biology, and engineering; keeping detailed records of experiments and contribute expert advice to the development of C-GEM digital data management resources; maintaining an electronic lab notebook; participating in the preparation of written documents, including drafts of manuscripts and research proposals; attending and presenting at regular C-GEM meetings; and, leading regular check-in meetings with the synthesis team and other C-GEM personnel.
Bachelor's degree (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent international degree) program
Bachelor's degree (or equivalent international degree)
- Experience with asymmetric synthesis of noncanonical amino acids and polyketide precursors
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively across disciplines
- Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated skills in leadership and/or mentoring
- Demonstrated ability to apply theoretical knowledge or scientific principles to problem-solve
- Excellent organizational and record keeping skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Master’s degree in chemistry or related area and/or equivalent experience/training
- PhD or BA/BS with 5+ years of industry experience
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