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Postdoctoral Associate

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina (US)
Closing date
Dec 3, 2022
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A postdoctoral research position is available in the labs of Professor David Lawrence ( and Professor Lauren Haar ( at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The project focuses on the design, construction, and application of optogenetic (light-activated) analogs of signaling proteins implicated in cardiovascular disease. We are looking for a for a highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral level investigator with expertise in the general areas of molecular and cell biology. Hands on experience in standard molecular biology techniques (e.g., cloning, transfection, transduction, etc.), tissue culture, and microscopy is required. Experience in protein design, particularly in optogenetics, is desirable, but not essential. The successful candidate will be positioned in a highly collaborative environment with access to cutting edge instrumentation and expertise

Minimum educational requirement: Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, or related field of study. See

for more information. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.



Research in the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy spans activities in contemporary chemical biology and drug discovery and blends the principles and experimental techniques of chemistry and biology with computational science. While maintaining a traditional emphasis on the drug candidate, we integrate contemporary biological methods to merge small molecule and target biomolecule research. This approach allows for elucidation of disease pathways and mechanisms of drug action. Our program encompasses nearly all aspects of drug discovery, including bioactive natural products, organic chemistry, computational drug design, assay development, high throughput screening of chemical libraries, and studies in living cells.

The division works closely with biotech and pharmaceutical companies in North Carolina’s Research Triangle and is a campus-wide leader in new scientific inventions. Discoveries made by CBMC investigators have led to three FDA-approved drugs, two spin-off companies, and several compounds in advanced phases of clinical trials for cancer and infectious diseases.


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