Job Details

University of Illinois - Chicago
  • Position Number: 3442006
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Position Type: Laboratory and Research
Title:Postdoctoral Research Associate in Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry

The Riley Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( is searching for a postdoctoral research associate in synthetic medicinal chemistry. The successful applicant will contribute to ongoing projects in the area of pain, drug addiction, and other CNS-related diseases. In addition to performing synthetic chemistry, interested trainees will have the opportunity to learn and apply biological and pharmacological assays.

Key responsibilities and Duties:

  • Carry out organic syntheses for the preparation of synthetic intermediates and novel small molecules

  • Purify organic molecules using chromatography and other techniques

  • Characterize small molecules using analytical techniques (e.g., NMR, MS, etc.)

  • Perform receptor assays for GPCRs and/or ion channels (optional)

  • Keep records in laboratory notebook

  • Write technical reports and manuscripts

  • Conduct literature searches

  • Assist in mentoring junior researchers

  • Comply with University & Department safety policies

  • Maintain supplies, instrumentation, and other lab duties as assigned


  • Ph.D. Degree in medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, peptide chemistry, chemical biology, or a related field

Applicants should submit a CV, and the names and contact information of three references by September 30, 2022.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or status as an individual with a disability.

Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University's Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate's successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process.

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