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Center for Drug Design employs the very best in research and invites applications from highly accomplished scientific researchers. Extensive funding sources allow CDD to hire and retain elite talent in various positions, such as: Post-Doctoral Research Associates, Research Associates, Scientists, Research Fellows etc. The applications for medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, or related fields, are invited from bachelors, masters or doctoral candidates as per the job requirements, when an opening is advertised.

One Postdoctoral Associate Position - Wang Group (Posted on March 15th, 2021)

One Postdoctoral Associate Position - Wang Group (Posted on March 15th, 2021)

One Postdoctoral Associate Position in Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry Available

A Postdoctoral Associate position in synthetic medicinal chemistry is immediately available in the Wang group at the Center for Drug Design, College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota. The successful candidate will be working on an NIH-funded project on antiviral small molecule drug discovery. 


  • Design and execute multi-step synthetic routes for the preparation of small molecule inhibitors against viral proteins. 
  • Conduct molecular modeling.
  • Properly collect, interpret, manage, and present research data. Must be able to write manuscripts.
  • Participate in research discussions with members of the research teams in a highly collaborative research environment.  

All applicants must have a PhD in synthetic medicinal/organic chemistry, with extensive experience in organic synthesis. Skills in molecular modeling for structure and ligand-based small molecule inhibitor design are preferred.

Interested candidates should submit via email (wangx472@umn.edu) an application package consisting of a cover letter, CV, research summary, and a list of three references. All files should be prepared in PDF and the email subject line should be "Postdoc".

One Postdoctoral Associate Position - Geraghty Group (Posted on February 8, 2021)

One Postdoctoral Associate Position - Geraghty Group (Posted on February 8, 2021)

Postdoctoral Associate Position Available

Summary of Position:

A Postdoctoral Associate position is available starting immediately at the University of Minnesota Center for Drug Design for applied and basic science research on NIH-funded projects involving herpesvirus, flavivirus and coronavirus drug discovery. This position will design and carry out experiments to contribute to ongoing projects in the laboratory as we seek to identify preclinical drug candidates to treat or prevent human viral pathogen infections.

The Center for Drug Design is a dynamic workplace where virologists, biochemists and chemists interact to facilitate drug discovery. https://drugdesign.umn.edu

Required Qualifications:
  • A Ph.D. in biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, virology, or related field
  • A strong background in the ideas and concepts of molecular biology, biochemistry or virology, and the requisite laboratory skills to test those ideas and concepts
  • Published work in international peer-reviewed journals
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working with recombinant protein expression, cell culture, viruses, or in drug discovery
Working Conditions:
  • The majority of work in this position will be in a laboratory setting using dedicated instruments and equipment.
  • Significant time will be spent in meetings discussing results and working on assembling manuscripts based upon those results.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu

Interested candidates should submit a pdf with cover letter, CV, and names/info for three references to Dr. Robert J. Geraghty at gerag012@umn.edu.

One Postdoctoral Associate Position - More Group (Posted on Feb 1st, 2021)

One Postdoctoral Associate Position - More Group (Posted on Feb 1st, 2021)

 A post-doctoral position is available in the Center for Drug Design at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. This one-year renewable position will be focused on studies of the effect of small molecule therapeutics on disease pathology in multiple models of neurodegenerative diseases. The laboratory integrates several disciplines, including medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, biochemistry, and has a strong translational focus, with activities in preclinical studies and development of novel therapeutics and biomarkers for early diagnosis.

Required Qualifications: Candidates should have earned a Ph.D. degree with a major in pharmaceutical sciences (including medicinal chemistry) or a related discipline. At least two-year research experience in the neuroscience field would be a plus.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience working with cell culture, animal handling, recombinant protein expression, and microscopy is preferred. Ability to conduct basic cell biology techniques including ELISA, SDS-PAGE, western blot, PCR, and other basic assays.

Working Conditions: The majority of the work in this position is performed in a general chemical-biology laboratory setting.

Principal Investigator: Prof. Swati More, PhD


70%     Design and perform (1) cell culture and cell-based assays (2) enzymatic reactions (3) mouse experiments involving breeding, genotyping, and drug administration (4) various types of microscopy.

15%     Submit periodic written reports with details of experimental procedures and results. The candidate will also be expected to write manuscripts reporting research findings, and to participate in grant proposal writing.

5%       Observe current laboratory safety practices and follow/update relevant protocols.

5%       Maintain a continually updated knowledge base of literature pertaining to specific projects.

5%       Assist with the organization and maintenance of the laboratory and equipment contained therein.

Interested candidates should submit a pdf with cover letter, CV, and names/info for three references to morex002@umn.edu.