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Synthetic Systems Postdoctoral Fellow (Chemical Sciences)

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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 10/29/2016

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Doctoral Degree


Berkeley Lab is Bringing Science Solutions to the World, and YOU can be a part of it!

In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is synonymous with "excellence." That's why we hire the best - whether in research, science or operations. This is a great opportunity to bring your top-notch skills to bear in support of world-class scientific research that addresses national and global challenges!

Position Summary:

Berkeley Labs Chemical Sciences Division has an opening for a Synthetic Systems Postdoctoral Fellow. The candidate will be responsible for conducting research involving antibody pretargeting, through the use of click chemistry, in both diagnostic and therapeutic applications. This work will require organic synthesis of novel molecules, conjugation chemistry for protein/antibody modification, in vitro cell-based assays, and radiolabeled biodistribution studies. The postdoc will actively collaborate with members of the Heavy Element Chemistry Group, the Berkeley Center for Structural Biology, and the Molecular Foundry.

What You Will Do:


Synthesize new ligand platforms for f-element chelation and functionalize ligands using various macromolecular systems.

Perform radiolabeling procedures, characterization of radiometallic assemblies, and in vitro cellular assays.

Contribute to high safety standards and infrastructure of the Berkeley Lab Heavy Element Chemistry Group.

Prepare research presentations on experimental results.

Communicate results and participate in seminars and group meetings.

Assist in directing students and research assistants.

What Is Required:


Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related discipline, with no more than 3 years previous postdoctoral experience.

Demonstrated record of accomplishment and achievement documented by scientific publications and presentations.

Evidence of ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgment.

Demonstrated experience in organic synthesis, protein/antibody conjugation techniques and preparation/characterization of coordination compounds.

Background in analytical, biological, organic chemistry, and/or related field of science.

Experience in radiochemistry.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.



Berkeley Lab understands the postdoctoral experience in a research environment is unique. We are committed to the growth and development of early career researchers in pursuit of becoming next generation scientists and engineers. Read about the excellent postdoctoral benefits at Berkeley Lab.

This is a 1 year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 of years paid postdoctoral experience.

This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

Salary will be predetermined based on student/postdoctoral step rates.

This position requires completion of a background check.

Berkeley Lab addresses the worlds most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Labs scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energys Office of Science.

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