Assistant Scientist (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

Miami, Florida
Mar 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has an exciting career opportunity for an Assistant Scientist in the laboratory of Dr. Shanta Dhar. Primary research focus in the laboratory is the development of unique nanomedicine platforms for diseases where mitochondria can serve as important targets. The lab focuses on diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, barth syndrome and neurodegenerative diseases. This position will support career growth of the individual by providing opportunities to participate in grant writing, mentoring researchers and providing resources to learn a large number of cutting-edge techniques. In the lab, the major focus is in learning and we look at research projects as a problem solving activity to provide the scientific community with new/unknown knowledge for eventual translation of our technologies for human use.

The minimum qualifications for this position are as follows: Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Chemical Biology, Chemistry or a closely related field of study. At least one year of relevant postdoctoral experience. Strong background in tissue culture (culturing cancer cells, primary cells and stem cells), cellular biology and molecular biology, experience in mitochondrial biology, nanomedicine and animal studies is desirable. Background in studying nanotherapeutics or macromolecules or small molecules using animal models of cancer, cardiovascular diseases and brain diseases are preferred. Close acquaintance or knowledge in chemical or nanoparticle synthesis is desirable. Ability to troubleshoot and work with others to meet the targets and goals of ongoing projects. Ability to write an annual report and give biweekly lectures in the group with different backgrounds. Please also send your latest CV, two page description of your past research experience and contact information of three references in a single PDF file to Dr. Dhar at

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