Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions in Drug Delivery
One or two Postdoctoral Research Associate positions in drug delivery are available immediately at the University of Montana, in the lab of Dr. Monica Serban as part of an academia-industry partnership focused on the development of a noise-level triggered drug dosing and delivery system to prevent cochlear damage. This is an excellent opportunity to join an Office of Naval Research funded project and gain experience in both academia and industry, as part of the work will be conducted at our partner company in Massachusetts. We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a strong working knowledge of drug delivery, pharmaceutical science, organic and analytical chemistry with a solid understanding of biological systems.
The Postdoctoral Fellows will work under the supervision of Dr. Monica Serban to complete exciting research on in vitro organotypic models of ear tissues and novel therapeutics development against hearing loss. This is a unique opportunity to research a new technology to prevent and/or treat hearing loss in military personnel and general population. The positions involve substantial full-time research and the appointees have the freedom, and are expected, to patent/publish the results of his or her research or scholarship during the period of the appointment.
Basic Qualifications: Ph.D. in Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry or related field (current or within 3 months for current graduate students).
Preferred Qualifications: The appointee is expected to be both highly independent and collaborative, and s/he will have significant leeway in the scope and design of projects. A key requirement is that the individual have the ability to see intellectually and technically complex projects through to their conclusion, which will involve developing methodological approaches and reviewing, analyzing, and interpreting scientific data and results from the project. Great autonomy and ability to exhibit independent decision making is expected in designing and implementing strategies for achieving company research goals. The appointee will write papers for publication based on research, compose projects reports and contribute to grant applications; present at seminars and national meetings; and participate in research group meetings with project partners, that may include oral and/or written brief reports. The appointee may be asked to supervise research personnel including undergraduate and/or graduate students, providing training and guidance with regard to specific techniques. The appointee may assist students/interns in their research efforts, acting as a resource and a mentor. This requires good communication and teaching skills and thorough knowledge of the technical aspects of the various scientific procedures to be conducted.
Preferred Skills and Experience:
Demonstrated experience and/or knowledge in the following techniques:
• Bioconjugation chemistry and/or analytical characterization of bioconjugates
• Analytical method development and troubleshooting
• Experimental design with appropriate controls included
• Ability to use experimental data to rationally develop the next experiment
• Demonstrated experience of excellent research capabilities required to carry out innovative and insightful
• Ability to identify, analyze and summarize relevant literature
• Ability to devise and articulate a research plan with defined goals, and design sound experimental
strategies with appropriate controls
• Proven record and ability to produce research to a high publication standard
• Ability to learn and apply new skills appropriate to conduct necessary research
• Knowledge and experience in laboratory environment
• Proven ability to communicate complex ideas and concepts (both orally and in writing) to scientific and
• Ability and willingness to undertake collaborative research
• Ability to supervise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students
• Ability to maintain a safe working and learning environment
• Ability to achieve project goals within time and budget
• Strong theoretical and empirical background in formulation/pharmaceutical science
• Ability to prepare competitive manuscripts and grant applications
About the Serban Lab and UM
The Serban Lab is led by Dr. Monica Serban, who joined UM in 2015 after spending close to 5 years in the medical device industry. Her research also gained national attention recently when was the subject of a press release from the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) News Service Weekly PressPac. She has 15 patents/patent applications and numerous peer reviewed scientific publications. The lab currently has several funded projects focused on translational research and commercialization of developed intellectual property. The lab culture is focused on collegiality, collaboration, efficient communication and team spirit.
UM is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 70,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the “top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000” by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine’s “The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America” in 2014. Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.
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