Postdoctoral Research Associate - Kienzler

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associates


The Chemistry Department, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Research Associate with a background in synthetic organic chemistry and chemical biology. The incumbent will aid in the development of photoswitchable ligands for the modulation of calcium channel function. The project will be carried out at the University of Connecticut under Dr. Michael Kienzler’s supervision.


The successful candidate will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Synthesis and characterization of photoswitch organic molecules.
  • Participate in manuscript writing for publication in scientific journals and/or presentations. May also assist in grant writing.
  • Lab maintenance, including equipment maintenance and upgrading, and ordering of supplies as needed.
  • Mentor/train graduate and undergraduate students

The candidate will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and gain significant expertise working at the intersection of the fields of organic synthesis, photopharmacology, and chemical biology.  of the research frontiers in the fields of autonomous discovery and synthesis. They will also become an integral part of an international team of scientific collaborators on two continents.


  • Ph.D. or equivalent, with a background in either organic chemistry, chemical biology, or medicinal chemistry.
  • Experience with synthetic organic chemistry techniques.


  • Experience with photochemical studies.
  • Experience with cell culture and conducting plate reader assays.
  • Experience with mentoring.


The start date for this position is Fall 2022 and the initial appointment will be for one year and is potentially renewable for a second year depending on regular progress evaluation. Continuation beyond two years is contingent upon future external funding applications. The position is full-time, salary will follow NIH guidelines.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at, Staff positions, Search # 496836 to upload a cover letter briefly describing the candidate’s background and specific research interests, a full CV with a publication list, and the names and contact information for three professional references.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For additional questions, please contact Dr. Michael Kienzler (

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