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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Sumner Lab

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Posting Information

Position Information

Position Title Postdoctoral Research Associate - Sumner Lab
Vacancy ID PDS001901
Department Nutrition Research Institute - 633300
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholar

Posting Details

Salary Range $47,476 - $58,560; Dependent on Years of Relevant Experience
Full-time/Part-time Full Time
If part-time, hours per week
FTE 1.0
Proposed Start Date
Estimated Duration of Appointment 12 Months
Posting Open Date 12/15/2017
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Work Location Kannapolis, NC
Position Summary

The Sumner Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute is seeking individuals who have graduate experience in mass spectrometry to join our team and conduct metabolomics analysis. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work as an integral part of the Sumner Lab to conduct metabolomics investigations in nutrition, environmental exposures, and metabolic variation. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will acquire, analyze, and interpret findings using mass spectrometry, software for statistical and multivariate analysis, and pathway mapping. Additionally, the Postdoctoral Research Associate may participate in establishing and applying new methods in metabolomics data capture and analysis. Selected responsibilities include data acquisition and analysis, quality control reviews, participation in meetings, presentations, and proposal and manuscript development. This position is located in Kannapolis, NC (near Charlotte, approximately 2 hours from the UNC-Chapel Hill main campus).

70% – Mass Spectrometry Metabolomics Research
• Conduct mass spectrometry metabolomics analysis
• Participate in proposal and manuscript development
• Maintain positive working relationships with collaborators

20% – Data Analysis Research
• Monitor quality control of metabolomics data analysis
• Collaborate with biostatisticians to analyze metabolomics data

10% – General Lab
• Receive samples
• Log in inventory
• Provide general laboratory cleanup
• Order supplies
• Schedule studies

Educational Requirements

PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, or other relevant field, with experience in mass spectrometry methods for the analysis of metabolites in biological samples.

Qualifications and Experience

• Minimum of two years of experience in graduate school for the acquisition and analysis of liquid chromatography mass spectrometry data with knowledge of quality control procedures
• Experience in sample extraction and preparation from biospecimens, including humans, animals, and cell cultures, as well as experience in handling, storage, and disposal of biospecimens
• Experience in mass spectrometry, including experience in metabolomics
• A good understanding of the quality control procedures used in mass spectrometry
• Team-oriented mindset with strong critical thinking skills, self-direction, and motivation
• Demonstrated project management skills
• Effective time management and organizational skills
• Excellent oral and written communication skills for communicating scientific results
• Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team environment
• Computer skills: Experience working with Waters, Thermo, and/or LECO software for mass spectrometry

• Experience with metabolomics studies using ThermoFisher Scientific (Orbi-Trap) and/or Waters (Synapt GS2) LC-MS platforms, and identification of environmentally relevant compounds
• Knowledge and experience in metabolomics data analysis, e.g., statistical and multivariate data analysis and pathway analysis

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * This position is located in Kannapolis, NC (near Charlotte). Are you able to work in Kannapolis?
    • Yes
    • No