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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry

Wake Forest University
United States, North Carolina, Winston Salem
December 09, 2023

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Job Description Summary

Supports the research and teaching duties of the chair of chemistry. Assists in the management of the chair's research lab in terms of organization, management and implementation of good safety practices. Performs experiments in the areas of synthetic organic or biochemistry for the preparation of new biologically active molecules or the determination of their redox effects in bacteria and mentors undergraduate research students on similar projects. Teaches one course per semester to support the chair's teaching reduction. This is a fixed-term position with an anticipated end date of June 30, 2025.

Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • Performs research experiments and maintains accurate and complete records of that research.
  • Supervises and contributes to the technical training of undergraduate student researchers.
  • Manages laboratory and maintains a safe working environment.
  • Participates in departmental summer undergraduate training programs (for example NSF-REU).
  • Teaches one college level course in general, organic or biochemistry (lecture or laboratory)/semester.
  • Communicates effectively with faculty, department chair, and students.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Ph.D in chemistry or a related area, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Training and experience with modern reaction chemistry (including air and water sensitive reagents), modern chromatography and spectroscopic methods or training and experience in biochemical assays, molecular biology and/or cell culture techniques.
  • Skills in the safe and accurate use of chemical reagents.
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a group as part of a team.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers including spreadsheets, safety training and online ordering.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Moderate physical activity.
  • The candidate will work with low levels of solvents and hazardous chemicals.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Research background in synthetic organic chemistry or mechanistic biochemistry

Accountabilities:

  • Reports to Department Chair.
  • Responsible for own work.
  • Mentors Undergraduate Research students.

Physical Requirements:

  • Medium work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Stooping, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, lifting, fingering, feeling, talking, hearing. Close visual acuity.

Environmental Conditions:

  • Subject to inside environmental conditions.
  • Subject to hazards (chemicals). Proper personal protective equipment/fume hoods provided and maintained by Environmental Health and Safety.

Additional Job Description

Disclaimer:

This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by the employee's supervisor.

To help provide a safe learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply. Wake Forest University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in employment for individuals with disabilities.

Time Type Requirement

Full time Note to Applicant:

This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

WakeForestseeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on thebasis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran statusandencourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

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