Assistant Scientist (61316)

Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
May 13, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Pharmacodynamics is looking for a highly motivated early career investigator with research experience in drug development at the rank of as a Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Assistant Scientist.

This junior faculty position will:

  1. Rational design and synthesize new compounds such as proteolysis targeting chimeras (PROTACs), small molecular probes and tool compounds.
  2. Optimize lead compounds for drug development
  3. Perform a variety of chemical biological and chemo-physical assays such as Fluorescence Polarization (FP), Amplified Luminescent Proximity Homogeneous Assay (ALPHA), Isothermal Titration Calorimetry (ITC), Surface plasma resonance (SPR), and Nano-Bio-luminescence resonance energy transfer (Nano-BRET)
  4. Mentor and teach graduate students and undergraduate students. Communicate research progress to colleagues, present research at conferences, and write grant proposals and articles for publication.

The ideal candidate will have an excellent record of publication, experiences in medicinal chemistry, development of assays to measure interactions of small molecules and proteins, proteins and proteins, and proteins / small molecules (such as PROTACs or molecular glues) / proteins, and a keen interest in using an assistant scientist position as a resource to not only strengthen anti-cancer or anti-aging drug development and discovery at the University of Florida, but also launch an independent research career. Strong written and verbal communication skills, analytical skills, and creativity are essential. Applicants interested in advancing teaching skills will have that opportunity. In addition to substantial research infrastructure and financial support, the salary for this position will be highly competitive according to the applicant’s qualifications and experience.

Minimum: PhD in medicinal chemistry; some postdoctoral experience in drug development

Preferred: PhD in medicinal chemistry; 2 or more years of postdoctoral experience in developing PROTACs and molecular glues for cancer and age-related diseases; and a strong record of publication

The Search Committee will accept applications until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be received by June 9, 2020.

Interested applicants should apply online at and submit: (1) a letter of interest; (2) complete curriculum vitae; and (3) contact information for at least three professional/academic references. Three letters of recommendation will be required for final candidates.

E-mail inquiries to: Ashley Lavender ( )

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.


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