Research Chemist

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Category: 
Chemistry/Materials
Status: 
Internship
Salary Range: 
hourly paid
Post Date:  
11/08/2018
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Description: 

IRIA PHARMA, CHAMPAIGN, IL

Iria Pharma (www.iriapharma.com) is a start-up in the University of Illinois Research Park EnterpriseWorks dedicated to developing novel cancer targeting technology and therapeutics. Iria’s leading technology selectively labels cancer cells with unnatural sugars and target the artificial label for improved therapeutics delivery with lower side effect.

POSITION OVERVIEW

Iria is looking for an intern Research Chemist to support Iria’s small molecule drug discovery programs. The chemist will work closely with Iria’s principle investigator to conduct chemistry work including synthesis, purification and characterization of novel small molecules such as unnatural sugars and drug conjugates.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Utilize modern and classical organic synthesis techniques, and equipment to synthesize milligram to gram scale compounds

  • Purify and characterize new small molecules

  • Optimize synthetic procedures for higher yield and purity

  • Effective coordination for multi-task management

  • Maintain an accurate and detailed laboratory notebook with supporting analytical data in a scientifically rigorous manner

  • Take personal responsibility for individual and co-worker safety and strictly adhere to all safety procedures and policies

  • Maintain a clean and organized work environment

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of synthetic methodologies, analytical and common purification techniques

  • Proficient in common purification techniques such as extraction, recrystallization, chromatography.

  • 1-year hands-on chemistry laboratory experience in organic synthesis

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills