Postdoctoral Associate in Natural Products Discovery and Biosynthesis

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • May 14, 2024

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Postdoctoral Associate in Natural Products Discovery and Biosynthesis

Job Description:

The Rudolf Research Group at the Department of Chemistry, University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, FL invites applications for a Postdoctoral Associate position in Natural Products Discovery and Biosynthesis. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Prof. Jeffrey Rudolf (, focusing on genome-based discovery, biosynthesis, and enzymology of bacterial terpenoids. This one-year appointment is renewable based on performance and funding availability.

Successful candidates will have a strong background in multiple areas of natural products chemistry, molecular biology, and biochemistry. The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for conducting the research in the identification, isolation, and characterization of terpenoid natural products and the chemical and biochemical characterization of biosynthetic genes/enzymes. The Postdoctoral Researcher will also be expected to mentor graduate students, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and assist in funding applications.

The University of Florida, ranked as the #6 public university in United States, is the state’s oldest, one of the largest, most comprehensive, highest-quality public research universities in the country. UF is a land grant, sea grant, and space grant university and home to the most comprehensive university health sciences facilities in the southeast.

UF is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 150,000 residents in North-Central Florida, within 1 hour drive to Atlantic Ocean and Mexico Gulf, and just 2 hours to large metropolitan areas (Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville). The beautiful climate and extensive nearby parks and recreational areas afford year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and nature photography. Learn more about what Gainesville has to offer at Visit Gainesville.

Expected Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package.

Minimum Requirements:

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry or a closely related area

Strong background in natural products isolation and structural elucidation, including 1D and 2D NMR, LC- or GC-MS

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous experience with any of the following techniques:

    • Organic synthesis
    • Molecular biology
    • Bacterial genetics, including work with Streptomyces
    • Microbial fermentation
    • Protein purification and characterization
    • Bioinformatics
    • A strong track record of publications
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Ability to take initiative, set priorities, time-manage, and resolve problems
Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting. A complete application includes:

  1. Your CV
  2. A cover letter detailing your relevant experience and career objectives
  3. The names and email addresses of three references. An email will be sent to your references, requesting them to upload their confidential letter to the submission packet

Applications will be continuously reviewed until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at this time. For questions, please contact Professor Jeffrey Rudolf (

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an 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 educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The Department of Chemistry is committed to promoting an environment that welcomes all abilities, classes, ethnicities/races, gender identities and expressions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

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