Postdoctoral Fellow – Base Metal Catalysis for Discovery Chemistry (2018)

Basic qualifications:

  • PhD in catalysis, organometallic chemistry, organic or organometallic mechanistic investigation
  • Detailed understanding of modern catalysis, methodology development, synthesis and reaction optimization strategies.
  • Good working knowledge of contemporary analytical technologies, including, but not limited to HPLC, LCMS, UPLC-MS, MS-MS and NMR.
  • A track record of driving innovation in chemistry-related sciences.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of contemporary parallel synthesis and /or high-throughput experimentation technologies is desired, but not required.
  • Working knowledge designing high-throughput experimental arrays and / or library synthesis arrays using Pipeline Pilot, Library Studio, or other design software is desired, but not required.
  • Working knowledge of contemporary lab automation including microfluidics based technologies is desired, but not required.
  • Successful record of performing in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities.
  • Ability to collaborate and perform within a matrixed environment
  • Strong communication skills, especially when sharing scientific details of work and outcomes of experiments


Target start date for this role is January 2018.

The postdoctoral research fellow with a background in organometallic chemistry, catalysis, and mechanistic investigation will work in the laboratories of Professor Paul Chirik at Princeton University as a part of GSK's Early Talent Review Program. The successful individual will spearhead research into base-metal catalyzed transformations with potential applications in drug discovery. This individual will also have unlimited access to GSK's high-throughput chemistry laboratory in Upper Merion, and will leverage the complementary capabilities of industry and academia to accelerate their research activities. This unique opportunity exposes the successful candidate to a top tier academic research program, while also providing important industrial R&D experience.

  • Successfully deliver novel base-metal catalyzed synthetic methods to access novel chemical space.
  • Display a deep understanding of the technical knowledge needed to translate hypothesis into streamlined chemistry methods solutions that are powerful, robust and user-friendly.
  • Strive for innovation at a detailed scientific level.
  • Act as an ambassador for GSK & Princeton by contributing and / or delivering external presentations and peer reviewed publications.

Contact information:

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