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Postdoctoral Employee Nuclear Engineering College of Engineering
University of California Berkeley in Berkeley, California
Date Posted 12/08/2021
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled
Postdoctoral Employee Nuclear Engineering College of Engineering
Salary range: The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is eligible for full postdoctoral benefits.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Spring 2022
Position duration: This is a one-year position. The appointment may be renewable depending on availability of funding and satisfactory performance.


Open date: December 2nd, 2021

Next review date: Thursday, Dec 16, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jan 2, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The postdoctoral researcher will actively collaborate with members of the Inorganic Isotope and Heavy Element Chemistry Group to evaluate the biodistribution and functional genomic profiles of various metallic radionuclides, by implementing spectroscopic and functional genomic/metabolomic methods coupled to radiochemical detection for the analysis of biological samples under various contamination and treatment conditions. The postdoctoral researcher will perform research under the supervision of Professor Abergel.

Key Responsibilities:

• Design and perform radionuclide contamination and decorporation experiments with laboratory rodents.
• Develop equipment and techniques to systematically characterize the in vivo biodistribution profiles of radionuclides, as well as pharmacology profiles of investigational new drugs under different contamination scenarios.
• Extend the use of tandem mass spectrometry and X-ray fluorescence microscopy to the determination of radiometals, small molecule metabolites and proteins in biological samples.
• Extend the use of gene expression techniques to the determination of biological and mechanistic effects from contamination.
• Contribute to high safety standards and infrastructure of the Abergel Research Group.
• Prepare research presentations (both oral and written) on experimental results.
• Communicate results and participate in seminars and group meetings.
• Assist in directing students and research assistants.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) program.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

• PhD (or equivalent international degree).
• No more than four years of post-degree research experience by start date.

Preferred qualifications

• Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology, Radiation Biology, Chemistry, Animal Science or a related field.
• Demonstrated record of accomplishment and achievement documented by scientific publications and presentations.
• Evidence of ability to work independently with a high level of scientific judgment.
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate and effectively communicate with colleagues and peers within a diverse research team.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - 1-2 page cover letter that summarizes research interests and professional goals.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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