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Founded in 2020, the MINDI Consortium is supported by the Research Support Partnership Program for Technological Innovation (PITE-FAPESP) and aims to deliver late-stage candidates to be clinically developed for malaria, Chagas disease and visceral leishmaniasis and to build a world-class academic drug discovery center for tropical diseases in Latin America.

The two academic institutions involved in the project, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) and Universidade de São Paulo (USP), are world-class research institutions based in Latin America.

The two leading international drug discovery organizations – Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) – involved in the project have a significant track record in discovering and developing novel drug treatments for neglected patients.

We regularly seek researchers willing to play a leading role within the drug discovery project (e.g. synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, parasitology, DMPK, safety, formulation), and we post job opportunities on the website.

Will you help us make the history of drug discovery in Brazil?

Postdoc position available at USP 

Code: 0002

Purpose of the position

In the framework of the Molecules Initiative for Neglected Diseases (MINDI) Consortium, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)  and Universidade de São Paulo (USP), two leading Brazilian academic institutions, are working in collaboration with expert scientists from the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) and have access to a very well organized network providing an integrated approach to modern drug discovery for tropical parasitic diseases.

São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) Partnership for Technological Innovation Program (PITE) supports research projects in academic or research institutions developed in cooperation with researchers employed by companies in research centers located in Brazil or abroad and is co-funded by the companies concerned. The main aim of the program is to strengthen relationships between universities or research institutions and companies by facilitating cooperative co-funded research projects.

Specific job responsibilities

Successful candidates are expected to play a leading role within the drug discovery project and liaise closely with other drug discovery scientists (e.g. medicinal chemistry, parasitology, DMPK, safety, formulation), contributing to the overall project team. These roles offer opportunities to work in close collaboration with leading drug discovery scientists in academia and industry.

FAPESP fellowships are competitive in the country and are granted for 24 months plus possible renewal for additional 12 months. The current tax-free monthly stipend is R$ 7.373,10, plus initial moving allowance. The vacancies are open to Brazilians and foreigners. For more information on the FAPESP fellowship, please refer to www.fapesp.br/en/5427

Job requirements

Essential Requirements

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacy, biology, parasitology, or microbiology. Candidates must have obtained the degree within the last 7 (seven) years.
  • Outstanding record of scientific achievements as evidenced by publications, patents etc.
  • Demonstrated international experience and ability to work within multidisciplinary teams.
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Previous hands-on medicinal chemistry and inhibitory assays with emphasis in malaria.

Skills and attributes

We are seeking for:

  • 1 (one) highly qualified FAPESP postdoctoral fellow with extensive experience in cell culture and inhibitory assays, preferably applied to parasites, to join the drug discovery consortium at USP, São Carlos, São Paulo, under the supervision of Rafael Guido. The selected postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for the antimalarial profiling of chemical series provided by MMV.

Applications can be submitted only by e-mail, with attached documentation in PDF format, until February 28th, 2021 to Prof. Rafael Guido at rvcguido@ifsc.usp.br

Necessary documents:

  • letter of interest;
  • current CV including published papers attesting the capacity to carry out the project;
  • one letter of recommendation.

https://mindi.iqm.unicamp.br/vagas/postdoc-position-available-at-usp/

Postdoc positions available at UNICAMP 

Code: 0001

Purpose of the position

The Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) and the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) are world-class academic and research institutions based in Latin America. Research groups from these institutions have gathered to discover new innovative drugs for the treatment of tropical parasitic diseases in close collaboration with two leading international drug discovery organizations – Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) – both having a significant track record in discovering and developing novel drug treatments for neglected patients.

This consortium is supported by the Research Support Partnership Program for Technological Innovation (PITE-FAPESP). The major goals of this multidisciplinary team are (1) the delivery of high-quality preclinical candidates for the treatment of Chagas disease, leishmaniasis and malaria, and (2) to build a world class academic drug discovery center for tropical diseases in Latin America.

During 2021 the team will significantly expand its activities, based on previous successful collaborations.

Specific job responsibilities

  • The selected postdoctoral researchers will be responsible for the design of target molecules and synthetic routes, working on chemical series provided by DNDi and MMV, then carry out the synthesis in the laboratory.

Job requirements

  • 2 (two) highly qualified FAPESP postdoctoral fellows with extensive experience in organic synthesis, preferably applied to medicinal chemistry, to join the drug discovery consortium at UNICAMP, Campinas, São Paulo, under the supervision of Prof. Luiz Carlos Dias.

Successful candidates are expected to play a leading role within the drug discovery project and liaise closely with other drug discovery scientists (e.g. medicinal chemistry, parasitology, DMPK, safety, formulation), contributing to the overall project team. These roles offer opportunities to work in close collaboration with leading drug discovery scientists in academia and industry.

Skills and attributes

Necessary documents: letter of interest, current CV including published papers attesting the capacity to carry out the project, and 2 letters of recommendation.

Essential Requirements:

  • PhD or equivalent degree in chemistry, medicinal chemistry, organic synthesis, pharmacy. Candidates must have obtained the degree within the last 7 (seven) years.
  • Outstanding record of scientific achievements as evidenced by publications, patents
  • Demonstrated international experience and ability to work within multidisciplinary teams. For Brazilians, previous experience in research laboratories abroad for more than 8 months is a particularly important requirement for Fapesp.
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Previous hands-on Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery experience in academic or industrial setting.

FAPESP fellowships are competitive in the country and are granted for 24 months plus possible renewal for additional 12 months. The current tax-free monthly stipend is R$ 7.373,10, plus initial moving allowance. The vacancies are open to Brazilians and foreigners.

Applications can be submitted only by e-mail, with attached documentation in PDF format, until March 5th, 2021.

Please contact Prof. Luiz Carlos Dias (UNICAMP) (ldias@unicamp.br).

https://mindi.iqm.unicamp.br/vagas/postdoc-positions-available-at-unicamp-and-usp/