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Synthetic Organic Chemist – Radiochemistry

August 12, 2019


We are offering exciting opportunities for skilled organic chemists seeking a challenging career in isotope chemistry. Working as a part of growing, multidisciplinary institute successful candidates will be responsible for the synthesis and purification of isotopically labelled, biologically active compounds used in studies to support development of new drugs. Experience in handling radioisotopes would be an advantage but is not essential as a comprehensive training program will be provided and you will be supported by our experienced isotope chemists. This position requires expertise in modern synthetic methodologies as new synthetic routes will often be required. Successful applicant will carry out contract custom organic synthesis of potential new drug candidates intended to treat a variety of illnesses. These materials are either radiochemicals or stable labeled compounds produced in small scale. The compounds that are to be synthesized are from various classes of compounds such as heterocycles, nucleic acids, amino acids, peptides or steroids.

Qualifications

  • Master or PhD degree in organic chemistry
  • A proven track record of solving synthetic challenges would be an advantage
  • A thorough knowledge of modern separation techniques (e.g. HPLC, flash chromatography) and spectroscopic identification techniques (e.g. NMR, MS, LC/MS, GC/MS) is desirable
  • A serious safety focus and attention to detail are necessary in this role
  • Accept responsibility and take ownership of projects
  • Maintain flexibility to accommodate urgent projects
  • Creativity and proactive approach to scientific problem solving
  • Drive, enthusiasm and self-motivation

Schedule
full-time

Contact
For more information contact / Your CV and cover letter send to Aleš Marek, Ph.D., ales.marek@uochb.cas.cz, +420 220 183 395.




Junior Group Leader position in Organic Synthesis

June 19, 2019


The Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IOCB Prague) invites applications for a Junior Group Leader position in organic chemistry with strong emphasis on organic synthesis including total synthesis of natural products or application of synthesis in medicinal chemistry.

This tenure-track position is comparable to an Assistant Professor at a US university, or to a new investigator position at the Max Planck Institutes. IOCB aims to enhance its character as an international research center and applications from all countries are encouraged.

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Technician Position in Organic Chemistry

February 27, 2019


Job Description
A chemist position in Targeted Research Group HBV Cure (head Gabriel Birkuš, Ph.D.) is available for a highly motivated and creative scientist with expertise in organic chemistry. The project is focused on the identification of novel cGAS inhibitors.

GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) serves as a sensor of cytosolic dsDNA and plays an essential role in innate immunity against viral/bacterial infection and cellular damage. Upon binding of dsDNA, cGAS synthesizes a cyclic dinucleotide 2’3’cGAMP that serves as a second messenger and initiates an inflammatory cellular response. An uncontrolled activation of the cGAS pathway has been implicated in autoimmune and autoinflammatory disease such as Aicardi-Goutieres syndrome or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Thus, inhibition of cGAS may be of therapeutic benefit in some diseases.

The successful candidate will be a member of a multidisciplinary team and be involved in our efforts to identify novel cGAS inhibitors. He or she will be responsible for the synthesis of target compounds. The candidate will also have a unique opportunity to experience lead optimization process of a drug development. An attractive salary and an opportunity to work with clinical candidates guaranteed.

Requirements
Applicant must have M.Sc. degree in organic chemistry. We are looking for independent applicants with basic knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry and standard purification techniques. Good oral and written communication skills in English are required. Position is for 36 months starting from now with possible extension.

Please submit your resume, motivation letter and contact information by e-mail to: ondrej.pav@uochb.cas.cz

Contacts
Ondřej Páv, Ph.D.
Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS
Flemingovo nám. 542/2, 166 10 Praha 6, Czech Republic




Postdoctoral Position in Organic Chemistry

February 27, 2019


Job Description
A postdoctoral position in Targeted Research Group HBV Cure (head Gabriel Birkuš, Ph.D.) is available for a highly motivated and creative scientist with expertise in organic chemistry. The project is focused on the identification of novel cGAS inhibitors.

GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) serves as a sensor of cytosolic dsDNA and plays an essential role in innate immunity against viral/bacterial infection and cellular damage. Upon binding of dsDNA, cGAS synthesizes a cyclic dinucleotide 2’3’cGAMP that serves as a second messenger and initiates an inflammatory cellular response. An uncontrolled activation of the cGAS pathway has been implicated in autoimmune and autoinflammatory disease such as Aicardi-Goutieres syndrome or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Thus, inhibition of cGAS may be of therapeutic benefit in some diseases.

The successful candidate will be a member of a multidisciplinary team and be involved in our efforts to identify novel cGAS inhibitors. He or she will be responsible for the synthesis of target compounds. The candidate will also have a unique opportunity to experience lead optimization process of a drug development. An attractive salary and an opportunity to work with clinical candidates guaranteed.

Requirements
Applicant must have Ph.D. in organic chemistry. We are looking for independent thinkers with excellent expertise in synthetic organic chemistry, and with knowledge of analytical and spectroscopic methods. Experience in medicinal chemistry is an advantage. Good oral and written communication skills in English are required. Position is for 36 months starting from now with possible extension.

Please submit your resume, motivation letter and contact information by e-mail to: ondrej.pav@uochb.cas.cz

Contacts
Ondřej Páv, Ph.D.
Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS
Flemingovo nám. 542/2, 166 10 Praha 6, Czech Republic




Postdoc position: Neuroscience – Ion Channels (Dr. Norbert Weiss)

January 18, 2019


Position
We are seeking to hire a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to join the team “Ion Channels & Diseases” at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry in Prague, Czech Republic. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to address several aspects of the molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating lowvoltage-activated T-type calcium channels and their implication in neurological disorders such as epilepsy, pain, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. For additional information regarding our research see theweisslab.com.
The candidate will benefit from modern instrumentation including a patch clamp electrophysiology setup, efficient cell culture facility, as well as all the equipment necessary for regular molecular biology (PCR, mutagenesis, etc…) and biochemistry (western blot, pull down, etc…).

Requirements
The candidate must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and prior experience with patch clamp electrophysiology. Experience with primary neuronal cell culture, basic molecular biology and biochemistry technics, or confocal imaging microscopy will be an added advantage.

Start date: March 1, 2019

To Apply:
Please send a short cover letter describing your scientific interests, a CV with list of publications, and the contact information for two references to Norbert Weiss (weiss@uochb.cas.cz)




Analytical chemist, specialist in HPLC/MS - Mass Spectrometry Group of IOCB

January 3, 2019

Job Description

  • Collaboration on scientific projects of the Institute, communication with scientists who demand analytical expertise
  • Development of HPLC/MS methods for solving specific analytical problems, mostly quantification of low concentrations of organic substances using a triple quadrupole
  • Sample measurement, data evaluation, results reporting
  • Operation and maintenance of the LC/MS system (ExionLC / Qtrap6500, SCIEX)

Requirements

  • Master's degree or equivalent in science or technology
  • Basic knowledge of HPLC and mass spectrometry (experience with LC/MS is an advantage)
  • Independence, reliability, diligence and accountability
  • Ability to communicate in English

Offer

  • Interesting work in a friendly team
  • Training on modern mass spectrometers
  • Five weeks holiday, three sick-days
  • Contributions to pension insurance, benefits for culture and sport

Starting date: March 1, 2019 (negotiable)

Contacts
Assoc. Prof. Josef Cvacka, Ph.D., Head of Mass Spectrometry Group
☎ +420 220 183 303; +420 731 447 868, E-mail: josef.cvacka@uochb.cas.cz




Job Opening in Immunology

December 3, 2018


We are seeking a highly motivated and creative scientist with expertise in immunology to support our internal program focused on the identification of novel STING/TMEM173 ligands.

Job Description
In a collaboration with our international partner, we are involved in biological characterization of novel STING agonists prepared by our Medicinal Chemistry Department. The activation of this pattern recognition receptor results in the stimulation of the host innate immune system, and it is believed that STING represents a good target for drug discovery efforts aiming to treat cancer. The successful candidate will be a member of a multidisciplinary team and be involved in our efforts to target STING agonists to antigen presenting cells (via e.g antibody drug conjugates etc.). He or she will be involved with design and conducting key immunological in vivo and in vitro studies. He or she will be performing multiplex ELISA assays, and study the effect of agonists on different population of immune cells in vitro and in vivo, and evaluate STING-dependent signaling in murine and human cells. The candidate will also have an opportunity to perform research focused on expanding our understanding of STING biology. Attractive salary and an opportunity to work with clinical candidates developed in Czechia.

Requirements
Applicant must have PhD in immunology. An extensive knowledge of standard immunological techniques including isolation and culturing of primary cells, lymphoproliferative assays, cell-based functional assays, and immune phenotyping by multi-parameter FACS analysis is required. Experience with animal models and performing in vivo experiments is an advantage. Good oral and written communication skills in English are required as well as the ability to work independently. Position is for 36 months starting from now with possible extension.

Please submit your resume and contact information by e-mail to: gabriel.birkus@uochb.cas.cz

Contacts
Gabriel Birkuš
Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS
Flemingovo n. 542/2, 166 10 Prague 6, Czech Republic