Postdoctoral Fellow


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in synthetic and reactive chemistry.

Job Summary:

Support ongoing chemistry-related research projects, and propose new initiatives. This fellowship is for a one year term, renewable for a second year.


  1. Synthetic chemistry support: synthesize and characterize new molecules. Perform reactivity studies with a variety of reactants. (45%)

  2. Chemistry research: directly funded research, IRAD or other funded research in support of sector and group goals. Develop and test novel concepts for chemical defeat technologies. (45%)

  3. Other: prepare funding proposals, documents, and reports. (10%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates should possess a Ph.D. degree in chemistry with extensive synthetic chemistry experience. 1-2 years research or experience in organic synthesis, bioassays and spectroscopic analysis including high field NMR, fluorescence, FTIR, GC-MS and UV-vis. Extensive experience with 31P NMR is a must. The candidate must have experience with Schlenk-line techniques and air-free synthetic methods. The candidate is expected to be self-motivated and capable of working collaboratively in a team environment with scientists and engineers representing a variety of different backgrounds, skills, and experience levels. Successful candidates will be knowledgeable in traditional and state-of-the-art tools of synthetic chemistry. The ability to think independently, work well with others, present unbiased evaluations of data and other information in technically complex situations, and technical writing and presentation skills for both scientific and non-scientific personnel are critical. Applicants must be able to obtain and hold a security clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

Record of peer-reviewed publications. Knowledge of methods for scaling up organic chemical synthesis.

Special Working Conditions: Travel 15-20%

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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