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Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Synthetic/Medicinal Chemist

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) is the Department of Defense's lead laboratory for medical chemical defense research. As a subordinate element of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), the institute conducts research to develop medical countermeasures to treat exposure to various chemical threat agents for the protection of soldiers and civilians. Scientific disciplines at USAMRICD include, but are not limited to, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology, neuroscience, toxicology, physiology, psychology, and immunology. 

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be involved with the development of novel medical countermeasures for chemical warfare agents (CWAs). The participant will uncover new classes of compounds for exploration as potential countermeasures against chemical and biological warfare agents; determine structure-activity relationships and identify structural features important to specific types of pharmacological activity; design novel synthetic pathways to unknown compounds; and formulate and carry out synthetic procedures leading to compounds which maximize the desired properties. The participant will employ a broad and thorough knowledge of chemistry and various branches of life sciences to ensure the technical soundness of the research programs. The participant will also keep abreast of the latest developments in sciences and synthetic procedures so that new advances can be applied without delay to the solution of problems in later development phases. 

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Appointment Length

This appointment is a twelve month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

Participant Benefits

Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by MRICD. Other benefits may include the following:
  • Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE
  • Training and Travel Allowance

Nature of Appointment

The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.

While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with DOD or any other agency, this opportunity will require a suitability investigation/background investigation. Any offer made is considered tentative pending favorable outcome of the investigation.