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Medicinal Chemistry

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Division of Preclinical Innovation, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking a highly motivated synthetic chemist to serve as a postdoctoral fellow for drug discovery projects within the Therapeutic Development Branch (TDB) of its Division of Preclinical Innovation. The selected candidate will work on a multidisciplinary team to identify clinical candidates to address unmet medical needs.

Core Responsibilities:

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for designing and synthesizing compounds for structure-activity relationship and structure-property relationship studies; developing new technologies to accelerate drug discovery; presenting results in internal and external meetings; and writing reports and manuscripts. The research will be conducted in the TDB medicinal chemistry group.

Learn more about intramural research at NCATS.


Applicants should have (or expect to receive) a Ph.D. at the time of joining the laboratory in organic chemistry or medicinal chemistry. The ideal candidate should be self-motivated, possess a strong work ethic, have keen attention to detail, and be able to work on multiple projects simultaneously. The candidate must possess strong oral and written communication skills with a proven publication record in peer-reviewed journals. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for any employer.


The current salary range is commensurate with experience in accordance with the NIH Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award and Visiting Fellow Stipend Ranges for All Areas; health insurance benefits are available. The fellow can take part in Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences courses at the NIH as well.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position, including a research summary; a current curriculum vitae; the names and contact information for three references to Wenwei Huang, Ph.D. at


This post will be available until May 18, 2021 or until filled.

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