UNICAMP in partnership with DNDi – Postdoctoral Researcher in Medicinal Chemistry

UNICAMP logoCampinas, São Paulo, Brazil
This position is at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)
[Closing date: 15 September 2019]


The State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) is a leading research and teaching institution in Latin America, and the Institute of Chemistry (IQ) has a world-class team of professors and researchers working on numerous fields of chemistry. The research group led by Dr Luiz Carlos Dias has been working in collaboration with the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) on the development of efficacious, safe, and affordable new drugs for the treatment of neglected tropical diseases.


Purpose of the position

We seek a medicinal chemist to join a drug discovery consortium in Brazil working on the development of new treatments for leishmaniasis and Chagas disease. The selected researcher will be linked to and develop the project at the Institute of Chemistry of the State University of Campinas (IQ/UNICAMP), under the supervision of Dr Luiz Carlos Dias.


Specific responsibilities

The selected researcher will be responsible for the (1) design of target molecules and synthetic routes to those targets, working on series provided by DNDi, and (2) carry out the synthesis in the laboratory.

These activities comprise a key portion of a multidisciplinary consortium, and the selected candidates will be expected to play a leading role in the drug discovery project and liaise closely with other drug discovery scientists (e.g. computational chemistry, parasitology, DMPK, etc.), contributing to the overall project team. This role offers opportunities to work with leading drug discovery scientists in academia and industry.


Job requirements

Candidates are required to have a PhD in the field of Chemistry (obtained within the last seven years), to be fluent in English, and to have excellent oral and written communication skills. Prior experience with medicinal chemistry / drug discovery for infectious diseases is desirable. The candidate must also be flexible and adaptable to meet the diverse demands of the project and be able to interact with various researchers from a multidisciplinary team.


To apply

  • Deadline for application: 15 September 2019
  • The selected researcher will receive a monthly postdoctoral fellowship compatible with funding agencies from São Paulo state and may request the benefit of aid installation. The position is scheduled to start by October 2019.