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  • Assistant Professor Renewable Materials/Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Posted January 6, 2017.
  • Trialect soliciting applications for HFSP Long Term Post Doctoral Fellowships for Life Sciences Research. Posted August 3, 2016.
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Department of Crop Sciences, Assistant Professor of Breeding and Genomics of Horticultural Crops, posted June 29, 2016
  • Balto Partners, Vice President of Product Development and Research in Oregon, posted April 25, 2016
  • The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute – in cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University, the University Hospital Jena and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology are accepting an application for a Doctoral Researcher Position. Posted March 2016
  • Research Associate Scientist in Analytical Chemistry/Biochemistry, FutureCeuticals, Inc., located in Momence, IL, posted March 4, 2016
  • Assist./Assoc. Professor in Plant Metabolomics, Cornell University, Ithica, NY, posted Jan 29, 2016.

Posted January 6, 2017

Assistant Professor
Renewable Materials/Organic Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

THE DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY  at The State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) invites applications for an academic-year, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Renewable Materials/Organic Chemistry. The Department is seeking a candidate with interests broadly associated with the teaching and research activities of the existing focus areas of Natural Products and Polymer Science and in the newly established Renewable Materials Science Major at SUNY-ESF.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. and record of research accomplishments as well as innovative research and teaching plans. We are particularly interested in candidates with a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
Responsibilities: SUNY-ESF is seeking unique teacher-scholars committed to excellence in both teaching and research. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded and internationally recognized research program in the area of materials derived from renewable sources, polysaccharides (synthesis, modification or characterization) or chemoenzymatic synthesis. A strong interest in developing collaborative research with others in the Department of Chemistry, as well as within the College overall is vital. Teaching responsibilities will include courses in the sequence of Organic Chemistry and associated labs, and development of a graduate level course in their area of expertise. The candidate shall also participate in the Renewable Materials curriculum. Advising and mentoring undergraduate students in the Chemistry and Renewable Materials Programs, and mentoring graduate students at the Masters and Doctoral level are integral to the position. Professional and public service is also expected, as is significant interaction with colleagues and students in other disciplines at the College and the broader academic community.
Required Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Chemistry of Natural and/or Synthetic Polymers, or a related discipline.
  • A demonstrated interest in research in the broad area of Chemistry of Renewable Materials and/or Organic/Polymer Chemistry
  • A strong interest in teaching and outreach

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Postdoctoral or equivalent research experience
  • Demonstrated ability to secure funding for research

Application Procedure:  Application is online only. Visit our website  click on Current Vacancies to find Assistant Professor Renewable Materials/Organic Chemistry.  Applications should include: (1) a cover letter summarizing qualifications and why they are interested in the position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of research interests and experience, and (4) a statement of teaching philosophy and experience. The cover letter, research statement, and teaching statement should not exceed two pages each. Complete application packages must be submitted as a single document in PDF format with “Renewable Materials Faculty Search” as the subject line.  Three letters of reference should also be submitted independently.

Application Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, candidates should submit their application by December 31, 2016 to assure optimal consideration.

SUNY-ESF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Posted August 2016

From: Trialect Funding []
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Subject: HFSP Life Sciences Post Doctoral Fellowships on Trialect

We have a posting on Trialect soliciting applications for HFSP Long Term Post Doctoral Fellowships for Life Sciences Research. HFSPO awards a total of 75 postdoctoral fellowships of which 69 are Long-Term Fellowships. A fellowship is worth about 180,000 USD spread over three years and includes support for research costs and child care. Fellows from one of the supporting countries (see below) can apply to work in a research institution in any country of his/her choice. By August 11, 2016, you must have obtained a reference number. We are reaching out to see if you would be willing to refer your fellows or junior investigators to apply. The details can be perused at :

Supporting countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus (EU part only), Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

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Posted June 29, 2016

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Department of Crop Sciences
Assistant Professor of Breeding and Genomics of Horticultural Crops

We seek an outstanding scientist who will develop a nationally recognized research and teaching program with emphasis in the field of horticultural plant breeding, biochemistry and genomics. Individuals with strong applied and basic research backgrounds with any horticultural crop commodity or with orphan crops are encouraged to apply. The research area will be focused on identifying, understanding and improving economically important traits (e.g. plant and fruit quality, insect and disease resistance, yield, postharvest characteristics, or plant as sources of beneficial phytochemicals) of current or potential horticultural commodities. The research will be done through a multidisciplinary integration of advances in plant physiology and biochemistry and biotechnology such as next generation sequencing and precision genomics in concert with conventional plant breeding utilizing marker-assisted and genomic selection. These methods will be used to improve, conserve, and utilize genetic diversity for the improvement of horticultural crops.

Specific research themes could include but are not limited to: the genetic manipulation of product phytochemical composition to enhance the health promoting and nutritional properties of horticultural fruits, nuts, and vegetables; plants as value-added sources of pharmaceuticals; enhancing product flavor and postharvest maintenance of quality; genetics of enhanced disease resistance; improved biotic and abiotic stress tolerance of food crops designed for production in urban and peri-urban environments; development of crops that can provide products for medicinal, pharmaceutical, or food supplement markets; or the genetic manipulation of crops to focus on traits relevant to food security in a changing environment.

This area of research makes use of existing strengths of the department in biochemistry, genomics, genetics, plant breeding, bioinformatics, computational biology, statistics, and unparalleled high performance computing facilities and big data storage resources on the Urbana campus. The department has also developed strong collaborations with the Institute for Genomic Biology, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and the interdisciplinary Division of Nutritional Sciences at UIUC.

It is anticipated that the successful candidate will teach an undergraduate course   in horticultural crop genetics and genomics and design a graduate course in a chosen area of expertise. A Ph.D. in plant genetics, horticulture, plant biology, or a related discipline, is required. The successful applicant must demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrate clear desire to propose, conduct, and report independent and team-based research; and demonstrate the capacity to develop an excellent teaching program.

This is a 9-month, academic, tenure track position with the opportunity for summer appointment. Responsibilities will include research and teaching with salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, which includes a comprehensive benefits package. The position starting date will be in the spring (January) or fall (August) semesters of 2017 after the closing date.

Please create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, a detailed statement of research and teaching, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified and the position is filled. Individuals from underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply. All applications received by September 15, 2016 will receive full consideration. For further information regarding the application procedures, you may contact Linda Kemplin, For additional information you may also contact: Dr. Jack Juvik, Search Committee Chair, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1201 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana, Illinois 61801. Telephone: (217)333-1966, email:

More information on the Department of Crop Sciences is available at

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. ( 

Posted April 25, 2016

Company: Balto Partners
Position: Vice President of Product Development and Research
Location: Oregon

Balto Partners mission is to effectively address the unmet needs of the upscale, sophisticated cannabis consumer by delivering unique pharmaceutical-grade, concentrate and infused cannabis products that consumers can use discretely and trust to be of unparalleled quality, consistency and purity. The Balto product line will be developed based on a deep understanding of cannabinoid and terpene science and employ state of the art extraction and refinement methodologies.  Balto is led by a team of experienced pharmaceutical business professionals who will manage the entire operation to the highest ethical and pharmaceutical based standards.  The team has deep roots in science and significant expertise in brand development and commercialization in highly regulated environments.  As such, Balto is uniquely positioned to successfully enter the cannabis market, effectively capitalize on evolving market and regulatory dynamics and secure a long term, sustainable leadership position.

Balto Partners is in the early stages of launching the new cannabis products company. The company is seeking an individual to serve as their Vice President of Product Development and Research. This individual will be responsible for overseeing the product development and manufacturing process, managing the analytic lab and QC efforts and leading all research initiatives.

Job Description

  • Direct and oversee entire product development, manufacturing and QC process
  • Responsible for the preparation and execution of extraction, processing and refinement of product in accordance with the state and local standards
  • Ensure consistency and efficacy of product through quality control testing and procedures and utilize good manufacturing practices (GMP) to insure the highest level of product safety
  • Guide creation of various cannabinoid/terpene profiles and brand development
  • Guide development of company standard operating procedures working with outside cannabis extraction and refinement consultants
  • Operate and troubleshoot all production, manufacturing and analytic equipment and technology


  • Experience working with plant processing
    • Understands all aspects of the plant from dry product, to manufacturing to creating infused product
  • Expertise in subcritical and supercritical CO2 extraction methods as well as the purification, separation and isolation of various cannabinoid compounds
  • Extensive experience with lab equipment including HPLC, GC, MS, and CO2 extraction
  • Excellent research and data organization skills
  • Strong knowledge in pharmaceutical formulation and plant genetics
  • Knowledge of medicinal benefits of cannabis
  • Experience in infused products production process
  • Knowledge of cannabis laboratory testing, GMP and QA procedures
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, self motivated and self starter
  • Ability to effectively interface with VC or PE investor community
  • Acute problem solving skills coupled with a strong mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work well with others
  • Graduate degree in Pharmacy, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field
  • 2+ years of industry experience preferred
  • 2+ years of commercial laboratory preferred

For application information please contact Judith Tytel:

Posted March 21, 2016

The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute – in cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University, the University Hospital Jena and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology are offering an international graduate training program. The International Leibniz Research School (ILRS Jena)
gives doctoral researchers the possibility to prepare for their PhD exam in an ambitious program providing excellent research conditions. We invite applications for a Doctoral Researcher Position (Ref.No. ILRS_02/2016)

The defensive roles of terpenoid resin in Norway spruce and the regulation of terpenoid biosynthesis. Many plants produce sticky mixtures of terpene compounds called resins. Known especially from conifer trees, resins have long been suggested to protect plants against herbivores and pathogens, but this role has never been rigorously proven since it has been difficult to manipulate resin abundance and composition in living plants for experimental testing. In addition, there is little information about which components of resin, the volatile C10 monoterpene olefins or the non-volatile C20 diterpene acids, are important against enemies and why these compounds occur in such complex mixtures.

Since resin in living trees is stored under pressure in ducts that rupture on enemy attack, it is hard to mimic realistically in in vitro experiments. For this reason, we have developed a stable genetic transformation system for Norway spruce (Picea abies) over the last several years and used it to modify resin composition for testing the function of resin in the living plant. By transformation with constructs resulting in constitutive over-expression or RNAi-driven suppression of terpene biosynthetic transcripts, we have created transgenic lines with altered terpene resin phenotypes. Manipulating the expression of specific isoprenyl diphosphate synthases that control the formation of different classes of terpenes allowed us to create spruce lines some with increased monoterpenes and others with decreased diterpenes with no major morphological differences from untransformed control lines. These now offer an ideal experimental system for testing the function of plant resin against enemies in a living tree.

We now plan to characterize these transgenic lines in detail to determine the chemical changes present, investigate the effects of altered resin content on herbivores and pathogens, and learn more about what factors control terpenoid biosynthesis. The goal is to understand more about the biological function of terpenoid resins in conifers and what regulates their formation.

We expect:
- a Master’s degree (or equivalent allowing you to pursue a PhD degree) in Natural or Life Sciences. Research at ILRS is centred around “Microbial and Biomolecular Interactions”. Candidates about to earn their degree are welcome to apply.
- experience in plant biochemistry and molecular biology
- interest in working with insects and fungi as well as plants
- high motivation to join one of the research areas of ILRS
- creativity and interest in shaping your own thesis project
- an integrative and cooperative personality with enthusiasm for actively participating in our lively community
- very good communication skills in English

We offer:
- a top-level research environment
- efficient supervision by a team of advisors
- a comprehensive mentoring program (cf. Program of Study)
- courses in state-of-the-art technologies and soft skills
- strong communication and interaction between the involved institutions
- Jena – City of Science: innovative business activities, successful scientific centres and a vibrant cultural scene around the famous Friedrich Schiller University
The three-year Doctoral Researcher position is available starting from July 2016. Salary will be paid according to TV-L (salary agreement for public service employees). HKI is an equal opportunity employer.

Further information:
Prof. Dr. Jonathan Gershenzon, PI
Dr. Christine Vogler, ILRS Coordinator
The application process is handled exclusively online. Please acquaint yourself with the scientific projects offered on our website and thoroughly follow the instructions for the online application process:

Deadline for application: Apr 14, 2016.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend a recruitment meeting in Jena (envisaged date: Jun 09-10, 2016).

Posted March 3, 2016

Job Title

Research Associate Scientist in Analytical Chemistry/Biochemistry



Reports To

Director of R&D



FutureCeuticals, Inc., located in Momence, IL (55 Miles South of Chicago) is an industry leader in the research, development and manufacture of fruit, vegetable, and grain-based products for the functional food, cosmetics, and dietary supplement markets. With over 700 conventional and 500 certified organic acres of farmland and over 1,000,000 square feet of manufacturing and research facilities in Illinois, Wisconsin, California, and Europe, we are vertically integrated from field to finished product and offer a comprehensive line of fruit, vegetable, and grain-based powders and extracts.
As a global, growing, and vibrant ingredient and nutritional supplement supplier to the world’s best companies, we are always seeking positive and talented employees to help our company reach the next level.   We provide a family oriented company and an opportunity to grow professionally and personally.
Job Purpose

This position is vital to our continuing innovation and growth.  The scientist will be involved in developing assays, responsible for performing R&D related activities and method development for QC testing using the various analytical spectroscopic techniques.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Essential Functions

  • Design and execute well-controlled experiments.
  • Perform data analyses and protocol development.
  • Identify problems and propose solutions.


  • M.S. or Ph.D. in biochemistry, food chemistry, analytical chemistry, or related field.

Qualifications-Required and Preferred Skills

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in an industrial or academic analytical/biochemistry laboratory.
  • Experience in the operation of HPLC and LC/MS.
  • Method development for different assays.
  • A demonstrated ability to support numerous GMP projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and writing skills (composition and editing).   
  • Solid computer skills.
  • Strong analytical ability.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with individuals and groups.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience in food or dietary supplement industry.
  • Several years’ experience in a team setting.

Demonstrate the Following Competencies: Integrity, Reliability, Cooperation, Accountability, Initiative

Company Profile and Benefits

List of Benefits for which you may be eligible:
Health and Dental Insurance
401-k with Company Match
Paid Holidays
Paid Vacation Days
Tuition Reimbursement
Educational Training and Development

Our Mission:
Honor God in All We Do
Help People Develop
Strive for Excellence
Serve our Customers with World Class Products
Grow Profitably

Our Vision:  Discovering Tomorrow’s Health Today

To Apply

We seek local / regional candidates who possess the criteria. VISA sponsorship is not available at this time. Please send your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: with the job title in the subject line of the e-mail. 

Posted January 29, 2016

Cornell University Assist./Assoc. Professor in Plant Metabolomics

This advertisement is for a continued search for a suitable candidate for a tenure track position at the assistant or associate Professor level at Cornell University in the School of Integrative Plant Science, section Plant Biology. Research should focus on aspects of plant metabolism, metabolic networks, metabolomics, natural plant products, natural variation of plant metabolism.

The School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University ( ) is searching for a strong candidate for a tenure track position at the assistant or associate Professor level in Plant Metabolomics. Application review will begin on March 7, 2016 but applications are welcome after this date, until the position is filled. Submit applications to

The successful candidate will develop an internationally-recognized and well-funded research program in Plant Metabolomics that leverages technological innovation and high-resolution instrumentation to elucidate metabolic pathways and identify critical plant primary or secondary compounds. Possible research areas include, but are not limited to: (1) identification of metabolic networks, evaluation of metabolic flux and regulatory control points, and integration of such information in a ‘systems’ context; (2) the phylogenetic diversity of plant primary and secondary compounds; (3) plant metabolites in an environmental and ecological context, e.g. in relation to biotic or abiotic stress; and (4) the potential for utilization of such compounds in biomedicinal or nutraceutical applications or for the improvement of crops.

Questions about the application process can be addressed to Ms. Karin Jantz, Section of Plant Biology ( Questions about the position can be addressed to Search Committee Chair, Professor Klaas van Wijk (, SIPS, Plant Biology Section, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, tel: 1-607-255 3664


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