Post Doctoral Research Associate

University of Georgia

United States

July 9, 2021


Posting Details Posting Number G/R13018P

Working Title Post Doctoral Research Associate Department VPR-Complex Carbohyd Rsch Ctr About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https: // www. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Please approximate the percentage of time spent on each task (out of 100%) during a typical work week. List these tasks in order of importance, with the most critical task coming first. Do not list more than 6 entries – do not go below 5% time per assigned duty.


Chemical biology, organic chemistry, and enzymology for the chemoenzymatic synthesis of glycans and glycomimetics for drug discovery. Structural characterization of complex oligosaccharides by spectroscopic methods. Bioconjugation for compounds modification. Top-level research on the chemoenzymatic synthesis of glycomimetics for drug discovery employing a combination of chemical and enzymatic approaches.

Percentage of time 50 Duties/Responsibilities

Binding studies by ELISA, SPR and BLI to evaluate potency of glycomimetics.

Percentage of time 10 Duties/Responsibilities

Development of cell-based assays to examine glycomimetics.

Percentage of time 10 Duties/Responsibilities

Assist in management and coordination of an organic chemistry laboratory. Responsible for maintenance and repair of instrumentation, chemical management, laboratory documents; Responsible for the ordering of laboratory supplies and chemicals. Responsible for teaching new graduate students about specific safety issues and making sure that the PI's synthetic labs are up to par with all the safety regulations.

Percentage of time 10 Duties/Responsibilities

Directing a research program, conducting literature searches, addressing scientific difficulties, supervision of graduate students and writing scientific documents, proposals and papers.

Percentage of time 20

Position Details Classification Title Post-Doctoral Associate AD

FLSA Exempt UGA Job Code Job Family FTE 1.00 Minimum Qualifications Position Summary

The position will entail performing a research program dealing with the preparation and biological evaluation of complex glycan and glycomimetics. Purification of intermediates, NMR and MS will be extensively used for compound characterization. Various assays will be employed to examine for biological activity using in vitro assays. Support will be provided to management and coordination of an organic chemistry laboratory.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position

Ph.D. degree in chemistry or chemical biology with extensive experience in complex glycan chemistry and biochemistry including an ability to identify target compounds of biological importance, device synthetic routes for such compounds, and employ chemoenzymatic syntheses to obtain glycan and glycomimetics. Extensive experience with various spectroscopic technologies including NMR for compounds characterization is essential. Experience with LC/MS and binding assays.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies Physical Demands

Normal lab activity.

Is this a Position of Trust? Yes Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? No Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Is driving a requirement of this position? No Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) Yes

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