Postdoctoral Fellow in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center

Tampa, FL

Job posting number: #7182271 (Ref:71551)

Posted: September 26, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

At Moffitt Cancer Center, we come face-to-face with cancer every day, but we also see courage. And it inspires us to be the safest and best place for cancer care – to bring greater hope to every patient we serve. It’s why we’ve been continually named One of the Top Places to Work in the Tampa Bay Area. As the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida, Moffitt employs some of the best and brightest minds from around the world. Moffitt is the leading cancer hospital in both Florida and the Southeast and has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report since 1999. Because working at Moffitt is both a career and a mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. Join a dedicated, diverse and inclusive team of over 7,000 to be a part of the Courageous future we envision.


Postdoctoral Fellow in Synthetic Organic Chemistry


The Moffitt Cancer Center is ranked the No. 6 Cancer Hospital in the USA and is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in the state of Florida. Moffitt is a modern facility on the University of South Florida campus that conducts research on various aspects of cancer biology with an emphasis on translational research. It is the third-largest Cancer Center in the US based on patient volume.

The outstanding research environment includes a new dedicated research building, state-of-the-art cores (for example: chemical biology, flow cytometry, microarray, proteomics, microscopy) and animal facilities as well as access to clinical material. The Center houses excellent NMR and mass spectrometry instruments as well as excellent equipment for parallel synthesis and purification.

The Lopchuk Lab at Moffitt Cancer Center is looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow in the area of synthetic organic chemistry.


Position Highlights:

  • A variety of projects are ongoing in the Lopchuk lab including the development of novel methods for C–C, C–N, and C–S bond formation, the total synthesis of bioactive natural products, and the structure-based drug design of anticancer compounds.
  • Our lab is grounded in synthetic organic chemistry but operates in a highly collaborative environment within the Department of Drug Discovery and the Molecular Medicine Program.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • The successful applicant will have extensive experience in small molecule synthetic organic chemistry (methodology, total synthesis and/or medicinal chemistry)
  • A demonstrated track record of independent research
  • A desire to work in a highly collaborative environment.


  • The successful candidate for this position will focus on developing new reactions with applications to the synthesis of pharmaceuticals.

Credentials and Qualifications:

  • MD or PhD in in organic, medicinal chemistry or relevant field.
  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in organic or medicinal chemistry by their start date.


Moffitt Postdocs are provided with Medical (Moffitt covers premium for team members) effective upon start date and eligible for Dental, Vision, Paid Time Off, Retirement, Parental Leave and more. You may be eligible for relocation assistance per policy. Reasons to relocate, aside from the sunshine, beaches and year-round outdoor recreation associated with the Gulf Coast of Florida, Tampa is a thriving metropolitan city, that has become a hub for ground-breaking research, welcoming individuals from around the globe. This diverse city is engulfed with rich culture, year-round activities for all, beautiful beaches, amazing cuisine and so much more. We strive for work/life balance.

If you have the vision, passion, and dedication to contribute to our mission,

then we have a place for you.

Interested candidates should submit their formal application via Moffitt website and send a single PDF file that includes a cover letter describing his/her research interests and career goals, current CV, a summary of research accomplishments (4 pages max), and the names of 3 references to Dr. Justin Lopchuk: [email protected] .

Mission To create a Moffitt culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion as we strive to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. Vision To advance and accelerate a culture of access, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is a priority at Moffitt and is meant "to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion as we contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer." The Enterprise Equity Department focuses its efforts on eliminating those obstacles to an individual’s ability to exist within their personal comfort zone at the cancer center. Everyone is important to meeting this priority. Addressing and responding to diversity and inclusion fosters an environment where mutual respect for diverse cultures, communication styles, languages, customs, beliefs, values, traditions, experiences and other ways in which we identify ourselves, is the expectation.

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Job posting number:#7182271 (Ref:71551)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
United States
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