JOB OPENING-Undergraduate Research Assistant

Undergraduate Research Assistant- Bioanalytical & Bioorganic Chemistry

The laboratory of Lloyd W. Sumner (Department of Biochemistry/MU Metabolomics Center) seeks to hire immediately one or two part-time (10 h/week) undergraduate research assistants to support the development of a NCCIH-funded Natural Products-Magnetic Resonance Database (NP-MRD).  The incumbent will perform NMR literature data curation, support acquisition of raw NMR data, and upload raw NMR data of natural products into the NP-MRD. Based on quality performance, the positions may be extended to 20-30 hrs/week over the summer. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the NP-MRD website for more details about the project.

Job Description and Specific Responsibilities:

  • Search scientific literature (Google Scholar/PubMed) to locate publications with high quality NMR data of natural products
  • Curate NMR chemical shifts and associated metadata into NP-MRD database
  • Collaborate with data curation working groups from other institutions to facilitate efficient data curation
  • Assist postdoctoral research fellow Dr. Raj Ghosh in raw NMR data acquisition using a 600 MHz NMR with 1.7 mm cryoprobe.


  • Junior or senior undergraduate student (Biochemistry/Chemistry major) with knowledge of bioorganic chemistry/bioanalytical chemistry
  • Must have taken a minimum of organic chemistry
  • Experience with NMR and/or an advanced instrumental analysis class (preferred)
  • Proficient in computational tools for data organization and data upload
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to adapt/learn new computational tools
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment

Additional Details:

The Sumner lab is a leading research laboratory in bioanalytical chemistry and metabolomics. Ongoing research activities in the lab can be found in the Sumner lab website:

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact:

Prof. Lloyd W. Sumner (email:

Congratulations to Saurav Sarma for Ten Years of Service!

Saurav Sarma was recognized for his long term service to the University of Missouri-Columbia. Saurav began his career at Mizzou working at the International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine. After six years at the Nanomed Center, Saurav joined the Metabolomics Center in 2017 and has been working with us ever since. Congratulations Saurav for this exciting milestone!