Post-doctoral Fellow - Organic synthesis, chemical biology

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Job Description

A funded postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Martin Schnermann’s laboratory within the Chemical Biology Laboratory at the National Cancer Institute, Frederick, Maryland. The group develops new approaches to cancer imaging and drug delivery. The focus of this position will deal with the synthesis and testing of small molecules for use in the development of antibody drug conjugates (ADCs). The ideal candidate will bring a strong background in small molecule synthesis and an interest in working on biologically oriented problems. The fellow will gain excellent experience in complex molecule synthesis, antibody conjugation, ADC characterization, in vitro characterization and optical imaging.  Additionally, the fellow will work closely with researchers to apply these ADCs in preclinical models. These efforts seek to apply insights obtained through imaging-oriented efforts to the discovery of new payloads and linkers (please see these recent papers for key background: PMID: 34928588, 35389618, 35801843).

The NCI is an excellent environment for postdoctoral study. Postdoctoral scholars will have access to first-rate scientific resources, strong training opportunities, and a close community of researchers working on critical problems that link chemistry to cancer biology. Prospective candidates should have a strong background in synthetic organic chemistry and be motivated to actively contribute to interdisciplinary projects.

Qualifications and Job Details

Degree Required
Ph.D. or equivalent
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Training Position (Stipend commensurate with experience)
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US Citizenship not required - (ie, permanent resident, visa)

Required and Preferred Skills

Required Skills

Prospective candidates should have a strong background in synthetic organic chemistry and/or chemical biology and be motivated to actively contribute to interdisciplinary projects.

About the NCI Center for Cancer Research

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is home to nearly 250 basic and clinical research groups located on two campuses just outside of Washington, D.C. CCR is part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and makes up the largest component of the research effort at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Centrally supported by long-term funding and a culture of complete intellectual freedom, CCR scientists are able to pursue the most important and challenging problems in cancer research. We collaborate with academic and commercial partners and advocacy groups across the world in efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and HIV/AIDS. The CCR research portfolio covers the full spectrum of biological and biomedical research. Our work ranges from basic to translational and clinical, and our clinical trials are conducted in the NIH Clinical Center, the world’s largest hospital dedicated to clinical research that offers a robust infrastructure to support CCR’s patients on an estimated 250 open studies. The success of CCR is grounded in an exceptionally strong discovery research program that provides the foundation for the seamless translation of insights from bench to bedside. Read more about CCR, the benefits of working at CCR and hear from our staff on their CCR experiences.


Frederick is the second largest city in Maryland but retains a “small town” feel, surrounded by mountain views with a vibrant Main Street community. The city offers outstanding schools, a balanced and thriving economy and a highly educated workforce.

How to Apply
  • CV/Resume
  • Cover Letter
Additional Application Information

Potential applicants should contact Dr. Martin Schnermann ( to express interest (please enclose a C.V. and a letter of support).

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Contact Name
Martin Schnermann
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DHHS, NIH and NCI are equal opportunity employers. The NCI and CCR are deeply committed to diversity of thought, equity and inclusion and encourage applications from qualified women, underrepresented minorities and individuals with disabilities.