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Postdoctoral Research Associate on Polymer Chemistry/Cancer Therapy

Job Description

Major/Essential Functions

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is open in the interdisciplinary research area of polymer chemistry and cancer therapy in the Liang Lab at the School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). More information about the laboratory can be found at: https://www.ttuhsc.edu/medicine/cell-physiology-molecular-biophysics/faculty/liang/default.aspx . TTUHSC provides top tier research facilities and intellectual support that encourage clinically oriented basic science studies. Plenty of opportunities exist in collaboration, mentoring, and career development. A list of research centers and institutions at TTUHSC can be found at: https://www.ttuhsc.edu/medicine/research.aspx . The university is located in Lubbock, the "Hub City" in west Texas that enjoys more than 260 days of sunshine per year, modest cost of living, excellent public schools, and the convenience of a large city in combination with the charm of a western lifestyle. 

The postdoc is expected to perform research projects on Polymer Chemistry and Anti-Cancer Drug Delivery in the planning, conducting, and interpretation of the research findings for publications and project reports. The postdoc may also collaborate with or supervise graduate and undergraduate students.

Required Qualifications

PhD or equivalent doctorate (e.g., D.Sc., M.D.) in area of project specialization.

Knowledge of modern research practices, the methods, resources, and standards thereof.  Ability to organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize objectives and exercise independent judgment based on an understanding of organizational policies and activities.  Ability to integrate resources, policies, and information for the determination of procedures, solutions, and other outcomes.  Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with other employees and the public.  Ability to plan and allocate the workload of employees, providing direct training and supervision as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Polymer Chemistry or closely related fields.
  • Prior research experience in “living”/controlled polymerization, in particular ring-opening polymerization and drug carrier development is highly desirable, but applicants who have strong academic preparation and a track-record of accomplishment in organic chemistry or polymer chemistry for drug delivery will also be considered.
  • Knowledge base that requires using a variety of  methodologies that include synthesis and characterization of small molecules and drug intermediates, polymers, analytical chromatography, mass spectroscopy, FT-IR and NMR spectroscopy, etc.
  • Good fundamental understanding and experimental skills on chemical synthesis and materials engineering.
  • Ability to use (or be trained to use) analytical lab equipment independently.
  • Fluent in both spoken and written English.


Interested candidate should submit an application packet with the following items at: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/home/HomeWithPreLoad?partnerid=25898&siteid=5283&PageType=JobDetails&jobid=739689#jobDetails=739689_5283

Pay Statement

Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications of the individual selected and budgetary guidelines of the hiring department, as well as the institutional pay plan. For additional information, please reference the institutional pay plan on the Human Resources webpage (https://www.ttuhsc.edu/human-resources/benefits.aspx ).

EEO Statement

As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.

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