Postdoctoral Associate in Chemical Biology

Postdoctoral Associate in Chemical Biology

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The Chang Lab ( conducts research at the interfaceof chemical biology, microbiology, and immunology. Located in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at Cornell University in beautiful Ithaca, NY, our research is focused on understanding chemical communication between the gut microbiome and the host immune system. Using both chemical and biological approaches, we develop novel chemical tools to understand 1) the metabolism of the gut microbiome and 2) important pathways within the host immune system by controlling the activities of specific immune cell types.
We seek a highly motivated postdoctoral associate with an outstanding record of independent research in chemical biology to carry out interdisciplinary research projects at the interface of chemical biology, microbiology, and immunology. Projects may include organic synthesis of novel chemical probes, application of these probes to biological systems, and biological study of host-microbe

A cover letter describing your research interests, career goals, research skills and experience, CV (including a list of publications), and the names of three professional references should submitted at the following link:

Applications will be reviewed as received, and the position will remain open until filled. As per Cornell’s standard policy, this is a one-year appointment, subject to renewal based on performance and available funding.

Required qualifications:
Individual must either have a Ph.D. or be completing a Ph.D. in Chemistry or
Chemical Biology with strong knowledge base and extensive experience in organic synthesis, chemical biology, or a related field.

Design and carry out multistep organic syntheses of chemical probes, apply these probes in biological systems, and pursue hypothesis-driven studies of host-microbe interactions. Techniques may include but are not limited to: organic synthesis, i.e., setting up reactions, purifying compounds, NMR/MS characterization; biochemical and (bacterial and mammalian) cell-based assays; and in vivo studies in mice.


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Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus located on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

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