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Job ID: 195806

Postdoctoral Research Assoc
University of North Texas

Date Posted Sep. 30, 2022
Title Postdoctoral Research Assoc
University University of North Texas
Denton, TX, United States
Department UNT-Chemistry-121200
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Chemistry - General

Department Summary

The University of North Texas (UNT) is a Carnegie R1 research university and a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution and Minority-Serving Institution, with a diverse population of over 42,000 students. The Denton, TX community combines close proximity to one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country (Dallas-Fort Worth) with an intimate and culturally vibrant college town atmosphere. The Department of Chemistry has 28 faculty members, 20 research-active faculty (including 2 faculty with joint appointments), approximately 100 graduate students, and approximately 250 undergraduate chemistry majors. The department is currently in a growth phase, with plans to hire up to six additional tenure-track faculty members in the next few years. Current research strengths include computational chemistry, materials chemistry, and catalysis, as well as a growing interdisciplinary emphasis on chemical biology. The UNT Chemistry Department is dedicated to creating a climate that values and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we welcome applications from people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals. Further information about the department may be found at

UNT has a highly diverse campus with a wide range of languages spoken in addition to English. We welcome candidates who have experience with HSI/MSIs and/or who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, American Sign Language, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin and other variations), Arabic, Tagalog, Farsi, French, or/and Yoruba.

Position Summary

The Skellam lab is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of biotechnology to investigate the reconstruction of fungal secondary metabolite pathways in a plant host. The project is highly interdisciplinary and will require knowledge and experience of molecular biology, cell biology, and analytical chemistry including structural elucidation of molecules using spectroscopic techniques. The successful candidate will join a team consisting of two other postdoctoral research associates, and two graduate students in a highly collaborative environment. This project provides opportunities to learn additional techniques such as confocal microscopy, transcriptomics and metabolomics. Further responsibilities include the day-to-day management of the project, manuscript and proposal writing, presenting original research internally and externally at meetings and conferences, and mentoring students at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Minimum Qualifications

  • The candidate should have completed their PhD in chemistry or a related field and have experience and interest in biotechnological production of natural products.
  • Experience with small molecule isolation and structural elucidation using LCMS and NMR techniques
  • Experience with molecular biology techniques such as gene cloning and plasmid construction

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with natural product isolation and structural elucidation from plants
  • Experience with agrobacterium-mediated transformation
  • Knowledge of secondary metabolism in fungi and plants
  • Good interpersonal skills and a team-working attitude
  • Interest in training and mentoring students

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