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Postdoctoral Research Associate, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry

Unit: Chemistry

Salary: $48,000 annually, full time, excellent benefits

Appointment Duration: 12 months (with possibility for extension) with anticipated start date of February 2024

The Pflug and Boyer labs in the Chemistry Department at SUNY ESF are seeking a highly motivated and independent postdoctoral researcher with expertise in organic synthesis to work on an exciting project in collaboration with the National Research Council Canada aiming at the development of certified reference materials of anatoxin-a and its congeners. The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for the total synthesis of anatoxin-a and related congeners as well as expanding anatoxin-a monitoring methods to include these additional congeners.

Responsibilities include:

  • Total synthesis of anatoxin-a and related congeners
  • Expansion of anatoxin-a monitoring methods to include these additional congeners
  • Collect, prepare, and analyze experimental and spectroscopic data
  • Write reports and scientific publications to be submitted to high-impact scientific journals
  • Assist in supervising graduate and undergraduate students

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The Research Foundation for The State University of New York offers exceptional benefits such as healthcare, dental, vision, pension plans, competitive pay, generous paid time off, life insurance and long-term disability insurance.

SUNY-ESF and the Broader Community

ESF is a specialized college within the 64-campus SUNY system, and a Carnegie R2 “High Research Activity” Institution that consistently earns high rankings in US News and World Report, Forbes, Princeton Review, and other national college guidebooks. With a total enrollment of about 2,200 undergraduates and 400 graduate students, combined with the immediate proximity of Syracuse University and Upstate Medical University, ESF provides an intimate, small-college atmosphere within a vibrant, large-university setting. ESF’s extended campuses include more than 25,000 acres of forest properties, both close to Syracuse and across the Adirondack Park, which provide numerous opportunities for experiential coursework, research, and public outreach. For more information, see

Located on the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes region, Syracuse is a small city in a rural region offering a diversity of natural and cultural amenities, a low cost of living, and a high quality of life – ranking among the top 10 percent of “Best Places to Live” in “The Places Rated Almanac.” Syracuse is situated with easy access to New York City, the Adirondack Park, Lake Ontario, and many other points of interest in the eastern United States and Canada. For Syracuse visitor information, see:

Application Instructions
Application Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, candidates should submit their application by January 20, 2024 for optimal consideration.

Application Procedure: Application materials are required to be submitted on-line. Submit a cover letter, a resume, and contact information for three references online.

  • Job Type: Post-doc
  • Application deadline: 01/20/2024
  • Organization: SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Qualifications: Requirements: Required Qualifications: PhD Degree in Chemistry or a closely related field At least 3 years of demonstrable experience in organic synthesis Demonstrated experience in characterizing organic compounds by MS & NMR Ability to work independently in an exciting, high-paced environment and possess a strong passion for (and commitment to) interdisciplinary research. Demonstrated experience in supervising undergraduate and/or graduate students ESF is the premier US institution focused solely on the environment with excellent capabilities for state-of-the-art organic synthesis. Researchers have access to world-class facilities and instrumentation, including an analytical services complex that includes two new Orbitrap high-resolution mass spectrometers and 600- and 800-MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers.
  • How to apply: Apply on website:
  • Location: Syracuse, NY
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Contact Information

Nicholas Pflug

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