Postdoctoral Fellow Positions

Area of Research: The Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto is searching for a post-doctoral fellow in the area of organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry. Together with scientists in the Faculty of Medicine, our team is involved in a collaborative project developing pan-antiviral compounds. 

Description of duties: The successful applicant will join our multidisciplinary team (including our partners and sponsors in academia and industry) to develop novel pan-antiviral compounds. Upon commencement, you will be involved in the design, synthesis, analysis, and optimization of small molecules (milligram to gram quantities) using conventional and semi-automated methods. You will design and implement experiments, collect and organize data, and write manuscripts, patents and grant applications. You will work together with our collaborator scientists in analyzing biological results and proposing new approaches, as well as with other students in our synthesis laboratories, including training students and other lab members. 

Salary: $45,000 – $55,000 CDN (commensurate with the level of experience)

Required qualifications: The successful candidate will have a PhD degree in Chemistry, proven research ability including publications in peer-reviewed journals and excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience in organic synthesis, purification, and characterization of small molecules is required.

Desired qualifications: Experience with working on collaborative medicinal chemistry or chemical biology projects, including small molecule drug design and optimization is an asset. If you have this experience, please feature it in your cover letter.

Application instructions: If interested in this position, please submit a cover letter, CV, and names of three individuals who will be willing to provide letters of reference (reference letters are not required at this stage but will be requested for those selected to be interviewed). Make sure to include your research background, research interests, long-term career goals, and your fit with the focus of this call in your cover letter. Your CV should include your education, publications, awards, conference abstracts, and research experience. 

Send these documents to Professor Robert Batey by email at

Closing date: Review of applications will commence on February 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. All applicants who apply will be advised by email of the outcome of their application within 10 days of the acceptance of the positions by the successful applicants.

Supervisor: Professor Robert Batey (for homepage, see:

Expected start date: March 1 2023 (this date is flexible based on the selected candidates’ availability)

Term: Initial appointment is for one year, with possible renewal for another 1-2 years upon mutual agreement and funding availability.

FTE: 100%. The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow (pro-rated for those holding a partial appointment) recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement. 

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

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