Assistant Scientist in Medicinal Chemistry
University of Florida Center for Natural Products, Drug Discovery and Development
United States


The Department of Medicinal Chemistry and the Center for Natural Products, Drug Discovery and Development (CNPD3) at the University of Florida ( invites applications for one non-tenure-track faculty position for the Microbial Genomics and Synthetic Biology core.  The chemical focus of the CNPD3 is on unique natural products, and the goal is to fully exploit the biosynthetic and therapeutic potential of untapped biodiversity for drug discovery.  The Center embraces all aspects of natural products research from discovery, biosynthesis and chemical synthesis, assay development, screening and target identification to drug development.  In addition, the Center is located within the UF Health Science Center complex that includes the College of Pharmacy, the College of Medicine as well as the Emerging Pathogens Institute, Cancer Center, Genetics Institute, McKnight Brain Institute, Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease,  Center for Addiction Research and Education and UF Diabetes Institute.  This unique research environment offers excellent opportunities for synergistic collaborations and career development.

Non-tenure track faculty hire will be supervised jointly by Drs. Yousong Ding and Hendrik Luesch and will have many opportunities for collaborative research throughout UF, in agreement with institutional strategies adopted by the University of Florida to foster interdisciplinary research in cancer, infectious diseases, neuroscience and diabetes.  Specific questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Yousong Ding (



Doctorate degree in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Microbial Metabolic Engineering, Synthetic Biology, or a related field, with at least one-year postdoc experience. 


Strong research record in areas of natural products chemistry and biosynthesis, enzymology, metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, protein science, analytic chemistry, assay development and others relevant to drug discovery and development. Additional preferred qualifications will include, but not limited to:

  • Demonstrated expertise in metabolic engineering and synthetic biology with model organisms (e.g., proteobacteria, cyanobacteria, actinomycetes, and yeast);
  • Demonstrated expertise in mechanistic enzymology;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team;
  • Being able to multi-task with multiple projects and keeping pace in a dynamic research environment;
  • Advanced bioinformatics background;
  • Independent in literature search and literature update;
  • Excellent oral and writing communication skills.
  • Demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Application Instructions

The Search Committee will accept applications until the position is filled. Formal review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a viable applicant pool is established.

Interested applicants should apply online at submit a cover letter briefly summarizing your past research accomplishments and emphasizes future research plans, curriculum vitae, a statement outlining the applicant’s teaching philosophy and commitment to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts in the sciences, and the names of three individuals willing to serve as professional references with the online application. Three letters of recommendation will be required if selected for the position. Contact information and questions can be directed to Dr. Ding, Search Committee Chair at

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.

The University of Florida, College of Pharmacy, strives to stimulate a culture that promotes diversity and inclusion within an exceptional community of students, faculty and staff. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and are committed to developing leaders who respect, support and have a positive impact on all individuals. 

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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