BTI Cornell Chemistry

For all inquiries regarding positions and other general questions please contact:

Frank Schroeder
Boyce Thompson Institute and Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Cornell University

Postions available:

We are interested in scientists with a strong desire to engage in multidisciplinary research at the interface of chemistry and biology.

Postdoctoral Associate - Synthetic: We are looking for qualified individuals with experience in the synthesis of natural products or synthetic methodology development. Objectives include synthesis of natural product-inspired libraries for high-throughput screening at the NIH's Molecular Libraries Screening Center Network and synthesis of biologically active small molecule metabolites that we recently identified from C. elegans and fungi. Please submit CV, publication list, and a short statement of research interests to

Postdoctoral Associate - Microbial chemical communication: A postdoctoral scientist position is available at Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) to understand the mechanism of microbial chemical communications and its underlying impact on crop and human health. Strong background and experience in microbiology, molecular biology, and biochemistry are required. Preference will be given to applicants with the published or accepted papers in peer-reviewed journals.

- Preferred start date - As soon as possible.

Interested candidate should submit a letter describing their relevant experience, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 2-3 referees to Murli Manohar or Frank C. Schroeder

Graduate Students - Chemical Biology/Organic Synthesis/New Antibiotics/Metabolomics: We have openings for several graduate students interested in the areas of synthesis/synthetic methodology developmment, chemical biology/small molecule receptor identification, biosynthesis/metabolism, and analytical chemistry/new antibiotics. Graduate students from both Chemistry (CCB) and BMCB are encouraged to apply. Please contact us at

Research Technician : We are seeking a highly motivated and organized individual to contribute to ongoing projects investigating the role of small signaling molecules in plant and human health. Duties will include cell and molecular biology techniques such as isolation of RNA/DNA/proteins/metabolites, PCR including quantitative PCR, cell culture, protein blotting, and mass spectroscopy.

- Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biology or related research experience, strong GPA and interest in biochemical/biomedical research. Hands-on experience with basic laboratory techniques is highly preferred. Must have effective communication skills and excellent attention to detail. Must be motivated, conscientious, and highly dependable. Must be able to read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence, and protocols/procedures, and to write routine reports and correspondence. Should be familiar with standard lab techniques. Must be able to work with minimal instruction on routine work. Candidates interested in pursuing graduate school are encouraged to apply. Familiarity with Windows Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) is preferred.

- Preferred start date - July 1, 2019.

Interested candidate should submit a letter describing their relevant experience, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 2-3 referees to Murli Manohar or Frank C. Schroeder

Undergraduate Students - Chemical Biology and Synthesis: Research opportunities for undergraduate students are frequently available. All students with an interest in chemical biology are encouraged to apply. Both research credit and undergraduate research assistant positions are available. Please submit CV and a short statement of academic interests to