PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related field of science. Strong background in analytical chemistry and/or experience with sample preparation techniques and trace analysis of biomarkers in human tissues, blood, or urine. Experience with analytical instrumentation, particularly LC-tandem mass spectrometry, high resolution mass spectrometry, and HPLC with UV and fluorescence detection. Collaborative and interpersonal skills, effective oral and writing communication skills.
Experience with analysis of DNA adducts, particularly in small amounts of DNA. Experience with, and knowledge of, possible difficulties in the analytical procedures, such as cross-contamination and artefact formation. Experience in troubleshooting research apparatus/equipment. Strong writing skills, as may be evidenced by a track record of publications. Experience in supervising junior research staff.
A Postdoctoral Fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Irina Stepanov in the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. Research in the laboratory is focused on the application of analytical biochemistry approaches to the characterization of chemical carcinogen exposure, metabolism, and DNA damage.
This particular position is to conduct research funded by NIH grants, focusing on tobacco carcinogen exposure and DNA damage in tobacco users. The successful candidate will apply existing methods for the analysis of biomarkers in biological samples collected from tobacco users and will develop analytical procedures for the analysis of new biomarkers. Troubleshooting and optimization of existing methods is expected.
Research responsibilities of a Postdoctoral Fellow generally involve participation in the design, implementation, and evaluation of research projects. The appointee may participate in preparation and presentation of data to study investigators. The appointee will author and co-author research papers, and may collaborate on reports and other publications.
The Masonic Cancer Center (MCC) is an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated to cancer research, education, and patient care for the citizens of Minnesota and the surrounding region. Since the time of the first award in 1997, there has been consistent growth of the membership and research base, enabling our center to further advance our knowledge and enhance care for our catchment area. We are driven to be the choice academic healthcare environment for patients, clinicians, scientists and students who seek exceptional, compassionate, precision cancer therapy; innovative clinical trials and prevention programs; cutting-edge research opportunities; and outstanding advanced education.
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