There is an opening for a synthetic organic chemistry intern in the laboratory of Dr. William Cance at the University of Arizona Cancer Center in Phoenix.  The ideal candidate has an upper level understanding of organic chemistry, an attention to detail and passions to learn and do.  The goal, not necessarily from the first day, is a researcher who can run a variety of reactions with minimal supervision.  A commitment of at least 15 hours per week is required.  Prior research experience is preferred but not required.  Unfortunately this position is unfunded; however, we anticipate being able to offer University of Arizona or Arizona State University credit.

Dr. Cance’s research focuses on focal adhesion kinase.  FAK is a kinase that is overexpressed in certain cancer cell lines and for which there is no current approved therapeutic, although FAK inhibitors are being studied in clinical trials.  Our strategy is to disrupt FAK protein-protein interactions, as opposed to targeting the kinase domain.  Structure based drug design (NMR, crystallographic and computational) drives our medicinal chemistry efforts.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and a resume that includes names and contact information for three references to Dr. Warren Weiner at