JOB DESCRIPTION: Helps design and conduct research within a specified field while receiving advanced training from a designated Principal Investigator to enhance professional skills and research independence needed for pursuit of a career. The specific area of research in which the trainee is mentored is determined by the department and laboratory of the Postdoc. Designs and evaluates experiments. Develops new ideas that promote current research. Prepares and publishes scientific manuscripts under the direction of the Principal Investigator. May be responsible for operation of specific equipment. May teach techniques to others, train, and supervise research staff. Positions are temporary appointments as a research trainee. The initial appointment is for one year, renewal expected if progress is satisfactory and funds are available. Appointments cannot exceed five years.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree or equivalent (Ph.D., M.D., ScD., D.V.M., DDS etc) in an appropriate field. Excellent scientific writing ability and strong oral communication skills. The ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues. Additional qualifications as specified by the Principal Investigator.
A Ph.D. degree in synthetic chemistry or medicinal chemistry is required. At the beginning of year 1, 100% of the effort will be with the laboratory of Prof. Frank McDonald (Emory University department of Chemistry), synthesizing a variety of serotonin derivatives based on a lead compound with promising activity in preserving visual function in traumatic blast-induced damage to the eyes. Moving into year 2, effort will be shared between the McDonald laboratory and the laboratory of Prof. Mike Iuvone (Emory University department of Ophthalmology), conducting pharmacokinetic analyses on these derivatives, while continuing synthetic work including the design of new analogs based on enzyme activity and pharmacokinetic results. In year 3, 100% of the effort will move to the Iuvone laboratory on pharmacokinetic and toxicological analyses. This position will be ideal for a scientist seeking a position in the field of drug discovery in industry, academia, or government.