Research Associate in Chemistry
University of Virginia, Department of Chemistry
United States

The University of Virginia, Department of Chemistry, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the group of Professor Michael Hilinski.


The field of study will be synthetic organic chemistry. The specific research project is focused on the development of novel organocatalytic methods for C-H oxidation that are useful for the late stage functionalization of complex bioactive small molecules. In addition to standard synthetic techniques including anhydrous and air-free techniques, this project will rely on the use of various analytical methods such as NMR, gas chromatography, HPLC, IR, mass spectrometry, and X-ray crystallography both for routine product characterization and mechanistic studies.


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: a Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field is required in order to apply. Candidates are required to have extensive experience in synthetic organic chemistry as documented by first author or equivalent publications in organic or general interest chemistry journals. Some experience in studying the mechanisms of catalytic reactions is preferred. Candidates are expected to play a leadership role in the laboratory as a mentor for both graduate and undergraduate students, and to assist in laboratory operations, such as the maintenance of equipment and instrumentation. Effective oral and written communication skills are also essential for this team-based project.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Apply online at  and attach a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 individuals who can provide letters of recommendation.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on July 12, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled.


This is a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.


For questions regarding this position, please contact Michael Hilinski, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, at


For questions about the application process, please contact Richard Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at


Further information about Professor Hilinski and his research can be found at his website:



For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and


The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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