Essential Functions: A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Wayne State University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) to develop small molecule inhibitors for targeted therapies and utilize structure-based drug design strategy to develop novel drug-like molecules for COVID-19 and cancer therapy. Both projects are funded by NIH R01 grants. We are seeking a highly motivated synthetic organic/medicinal chemist to join our comprehensive drug discovery program. We are conducting highly interdisciplinary research focused on the preclinical development of novel anti-viral (COVID-19) and anticancer drugs, which covers medicinal chemistry, biochemical and biophysical assays, biological and animal studies.Collaborators for anti-cancer projects: Prof. John J. Turchi, Prof. Arun K. Rishi and Dr. Isaac PowellCollaborators for anti-viral projects: Prof. Raymond Schinazi and Prof. Ladislau KovariLab webpage: www.gavandelab.comEssential Functions May Include:Perform scientific techniques or research protocols. Assist the Principal Investigator in designing and performing protocols. Design and perform experiments. Collect and log research data. Participate in implementing research objectives, ensuring compliance with all legal, regulatory and protocol guidelines. Assist other lab members with experiments as required. May mentor research assistants and students.With the assistance of the mentor, find and write research grants with the goal of obtaining additional research grant funding. Responsibilities may also include coordinating correspondence with applicants and grantees, acknowledging receipts of proposals, and maintaining a system to track proposals. Evaluate and perform preliminary analysis of the data using graphs, charts or tables to highlight the key points of the research results collected in accordance with the research protocols as stipulated.Prepare and present presentations regarding research project results for professional, scientific and academic conferences. Summarize and organize data results for submittal to academic and scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. Write scientific manuscripts and other documents for publication. Fact-check, proofread, and edit research documents to ensure accuracy.Maintain the laboratory work areas including routine maintenance on laboratory equipment as required. Order and organize required research supplies and records. Maintain cleanliness and organization of work station. Perform other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Doctorate degreeRequires advanced knowledge in a field of science or learning, predominantly intellectual in character. This knowledge is acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction. 3 to 4 years job-related experience. Job related experience can include doctorate training. Experience performing basic research techniques, preferred. Must have distinguished themselves in research. Prior recipient of funding for research based on individual achievements.Ability to work independently. Ability to secure grants and funding for research. Ability to collect, analyze, summarize and interpret research findings in reports and communicate results to the field. Knowledge of and experience with current scientific integrity principles. Excellent time management and organization skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with others in a collaborative environment. Microsoft office software skills.
Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State?s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres; its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan?s public universities. Its students represent 49 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.