Postdoctoral Scholar -Medicinal Chemistry

Oregon State University - Corvallis, OR (30+ days ago)4.3

The Johns lab in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU) is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar with experience in organic synthesis and interested in medicinal chemistry research. Our lab designs and synthesizes compounds for infectious diseases, including Leishmaniasis, a Neglected Tropical Disease that infects an estimated 12 million people world-wide. We use cutting-edge synthetic organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry techniques to cdesign and efficiently prepare new compounds.

OSU is located in Corvallis, Oregon, which is a small college town approximately 2 hours south of Portland, one hour from the Oregon coast, and 2 hours from the Cascade Mountains. Corvallis offers excellent outdoor activities, a vibrant downtown, and a strong scientific community.

Position Duties:

The primary responsibility of this position is synthetic organic chemistry research to prepare small molecules with novel medicinal properties. The candidate will have the opportunity to advance their knowledge of medicinal chemistry and drug discovery chemistry. At least 15% of the appointment will be reserved for professional development.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

A Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry or a closely related discipline awarded within the last four years is required for this position. A recent Ph.D. graduate is preferred. Experience in multi-step synthetic organic chemistry, including handling air-sensitive reagents, using an inert gas manifold, purification using flash chromatography, and analysis of NMR spectra is required. Demonstrated ability to work independently and use scientific search engines to identify synthetic strategies and conditions is needed.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth

Job Type: Full-time


  • synthetic organic chemistry: 2 years


  • Doctorate