MedChem Speaker: Dr. Dionicio Siegel

Dr. Dionicio Siegel | University of California San Diego | “Natural product synthesis: An enabling tool in the discovery of methods to drive tissue growth and proliferation” | 19th Annual MedChem Symposium | July 15th | Register at

Postdoc summer opportunities

Hi grads, below are additional opportunities that may be of interest to you!

  1. Scientist – Medicinal Chemistry Positions – FLX Bio (Start-up company in SF)
    FLX Bio, Inc. is a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of novel therapies that will improve and prolong the lives of people with cancer.  The company is targeting key cancer pathways with its clinical-stage program, FLX925, and building a pipeline of immuno-oncology oral medicines designed to activate a patient’s own immune system to eradicate cancer.

    Medicinal Chemistry, Scientist Position description:!blank/gych5

    Please submit your CV/resume to Jeanine Sun ( by August 1, 2016. Resumes will be forwarded to FLX Bio for consideration.

    If there is enough interest, FLX Bio will coordinate an info session / interview visit for selected applicants later this year.

  2. Smith College Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry
    Smith College is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Chemistry Department to conduct research into the use of modified DNA molecules as chemical reagents to selectively modify one compound in a complex mixture. This is a full-time, 1 year grant-funded position in the laboratory of David. J. Gorin with the possibility of renewal. The desired start date is February 1, 2017, but is negotiable.

    Additional information and application instructions may be found at:

  3. Dissertation/Thesis Submission and Formatting Workshop – 7/6The Summer 2016 Dissertation/Thesis Formatting Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 3:00pm-4:30pm in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Student Services Center.


    Q:        Do I need to R.S.V.P.?

    A:        It is not necessary; we look forward to seeing you there.

    Q:        Who should attend this workshop?

    A:        All PhD, EdD, DMA, MA/MS (plan I/Thesis), and MFA students who are preparing to write or have already started to write their dissertation/thesis.

    Q:        Will there be another workshop offered?

    A:        Yes, we hold one workshop every quarter (typically during weeks 2 or 3). The Fall date is TBA.

    Q:        Will there be another workshop offered this quarter?

    A:        No, only one workshop per quarter is offered.

    Q:        I won’t be able to attend this workshop; can I meet with you individually?

    A:        This workshop is intended to be a “preview” to the preliminary appointment. Both the Preliminary Appointment and the Final Appointment are still required regardless of your attendance at this workshop.

    Q:        What do you go over at this workshop?  Can I have handouts?

    A:        We review the manual ( ) and discuss common errors.  The manual is the “handout” which is only available via the link provided.

    Q:        If I attended a previous workshop, can I still come to this one?

    A:        Yes, we will repeat the information that we went over last time, but it may be beneficial as you may have additional questions.

    Q:        If I have scheduled my preliminary appointment to be before this workshop, would it still be beneficial for me to attend?

    A:        Yes, we will repeat some information that we went over during your preliminary appointment, but it may be beneficial as you may have additional questions.  You may also consider rescheduling your preliminary appointment for after this workshop.

    Q:        I’m planning on defending in a future quarter- can I still attend?

    A:        Yes!  The earlier you start preparing the formatting of your thesis/dissertation, the better.

    Q:        I’m planning on defending in a future quarter- can I schedule my preliminary appointment now?

    A:        No, we have found that it is not beneficial for a student to see an Academic Adviser with an incomplete thesis/dissertation.  It is recommended that you have your preliminary appointment closer to your defense once your thesis/dissertation is fully written and formatted.

    Q:        What are the deadlines for submitting my dissertation or thesis?

    A:        All deadlines for pertaining to degrees are posted at

    Q:        How do I schedule my preliminary appointment?

    A:        You may schedule your preliminary appointment at

    Q:        Should I schedule my final appointment?

    A:        If you know the date of your defense and you need a final appointment that is not more than 60 days in the future, you may schedule your final appointment.  You may schedule your final appointment at

    Q:        Do you offer tech support?

    A:        No, the Graduate Division does not offer tech support.  Students are expected to appropriately format their own thesis/dissertation.

    Q:        Can I use a formatting service?      

    A:        It is expected that students format their own thesis/dissertation.  Documents that are submitted after being looked at by a formatting service often contain many errors in need of correction.

    Q:        Is there a template?

    A:        The Graduate Division does not have any approved templates.  Although there are some templates that are being shared by students, no template is perfect and changes may still be required.

    Q:        Can I bring my thesis or dissertation to the workshop?

    A:        You are welcome to bring your thesis/dissertation if you have specific questions but the Academic Advisers will not be able to do a complete review of your document.

    Q:        Can you explain the permission letters?

    A:        All questions pertaining to permission letter/copyright issues will be answered in detail at the workshop.

Postdoc and grad opportunities

Hi grads,

Below are some upcoming events and opportunities that may be of interest to you.

  1. Postdoctoral Position in Chemical Education
    The Chemistry Department at Northwestern University seeks to hire a postdoc in chemical education.  The nature and responsibilities of the position are described in the attached ad, as is the application procedure. Please see attached for more details.
  2. Calgene Postdoc Opportunities
    San Diego, CA

    San Francisco, CA

    Seattle, WA

  3. Postdoc Research Position at the University of Virginia Department of Chemistry
    Research Associate Position University of Virginia Department of Chemistry invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the group of Professor Charles W. Machan. The field of study will be development of catalysts for the electrochemical activation of water and oxygen with a focus on bimetallic molecular electrocatalysts. This research project will include the design of new materials for immobilizing these catalysts on electrodes and photoelectrodes. The projects are highly interdisciplinary and focused on important energy-related problems. Further information about Professor Machan and his research can be found at

    Questions should be addressed to Professor Machan at

    More information about the application process and where to submit can be found here.

  4. Insight Data Science Fellowship
    Applications are currently open for Insight Data Science Silicon Valley Fellowships starting September 6th, offered in partnership with Facebook, Netflix and other data science teams. The program is free and also awards need-based scholarships. Applicants should be PhD students or post-docs completing their research and looking to enter data science careers in the industry by December 2016. We also offer Fellowships in New York and Boston. Apply now or sign up for our Notification List.
  5. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry T-Shirt ContestWe are excited to announce that we are having another Chemistry & Biochemistry Logo Contest! Hopefully you have all seen the amazing design on our t-shirts, that came from our initial contest in 2013. We wanted to give everyone a new opportunity to express their creativity and design talents! Your assignment is to create an original T-shirt design that represents UC San Diego Chemistry and Biochemistry. Get creative using our University’s signature colors, logo, or anything else that represents our University or Department.Rules and Eligibility:
    – Only UCSD Chemistry/Biochemistry undergrad majors, graduate students, alumni, staff, or faculty may participate.
    – Design should include “UC San Diego” (or “UCSD”) and “Chemistry and Biochemistry”.
    – Please submit designs in PDF, jpeg, PSD, or other common image formats.
    – Submission DEADLINE: November 1, 2016

    Remember that you can design for both the front and back! If your design is selected to be printed, you will win a FREE T-Shirt with your design and $100!!! The winning design would also be printed on T-shirts and made available for purchase (at cost). Students, faculty, and staff will vote on the winning design! (Note: Your design submission ideas may also be used in other Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry promotional materials!)

    Earn bragging rights and submit your awesome designs here!

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jeff ( or Jeanine (!

    Good luck and happy summer (designing)!




Congratulations UCSD Class of 2016!

Just wanted to take a moment to say Congratulations to the UCSD Class of 2016! #UCSD2016

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