Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Time Limited)

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wilmington, NC

ID: 7081105
Posted: July 14, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for a full-time twelve-month non-tenure track Post Doctoral Research Associate to begin August 1, 2021.

This is a 1 year term time limited appointment opportunity for the period covering August 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022 as outlined in the posting.

The primary responsibility of the Post-Doctoral Research Fellow position is to conduct research towards the development of a universal method for determination of amino acid absolute configuration. Other areas of interest will be considered that fall within the broad fields of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Marine Natural Products Drug Discovery and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Structure Elucidation.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences or closely aligned natural science discipline prior to anticipated start date of August 1, 2021. However, applicants do not need to have already received their degree prior to applying.
Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Applicants with experience in Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences or other closely aligned disciplines
Expertise in NMR structure elucidation
Expertise in density functional theory (DFT) calculations
Expertise in organic chemistry and/or natural products chemistry laboratory techniques
Strong communication, collaboration, and mentorship skills
Required Certifications or Licensures
No Required Certifications or Licensure
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
Chemistry & Biochemistry at UNCW offers exciting, student-oriented programs that award Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS, ACS Certified) and Master of Science (MS) degrees. A significant portion of the training takes place in our laboratories, both those associated with courses, and those involving research in Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Marine and Atmospheric Science, Biochemistry, Organic and Inorganic Synthesis, Computational and Physical Chemistry, Chemical Education, all of which incorporate our state of the are instrumentation ( In addition to rigorous courses in all aspects of chemistry, most of our undergraduate students and all of our local graduate students carry out research under the direct supervision of our outstanding faculty.
College/School Information
The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit, employing 450 full-time and 150 part-time faculty members and awarding approximately two-thirds of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts & sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.

The College’s twenty-five units offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. The College also offers a full complement of minors, including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Forensic studies, Latin America studies, Middle East & Islamic studies, Native-American studies, and Women’s and Gender studies, among others.

Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the College’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the College gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career.

In addition to its undergraduate major and minor programs, the College is chiefly responsible for the curriculum that comprises the UNCW’s University Studies Program, through which all UNCW undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The College strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, diversity and inclusion, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Sciences students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives.

Graduate degrees awarded in the College of Arts and Sciences include the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Marine Biology and Psychology). In addition, the nationally awarded Graduate Liberal Studies program offers a personalized curriculum of interdisciplinary study leading to the Master of Arts. Post-baccalaureate certificates in Applied Statistics, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Conflict Management and Resolution, Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies are available. Graduate programs in the College are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.
University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.
EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.
Eligibility for Employment
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.
Number of Openings Single Incumbent
Special Notes to Applicants
Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm EST on July 22, 2021, the position closing date. To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document.

Application requirements:
Letter of Interest (cover letter)
Curriculum Vitae
Research Summary (no more than 2 pages)
Please note that a minimum of two professional references are required for all applications.
Letter of recommendation from your references will be requested if selected for a final interview. Ensure you include accurate point of contact information on your references in your application.

Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. R. Thomas Williamson (

Questions regarding the online application system can be directed to Libbie Schaffer (

Note that letters of application without the requested components will not meet the application requirements.


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