Research Associate in Chemistry

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-04-26
Req: R0005579

The Pompano Laboratory at the University of Virginia has an opening for a creative and highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate.  Our lab performs innovative research at the intersection of bioanalytical chemistry, immunology, and microscale engineering and is a superb training environment for interdisciplinary researchers.  We seek scientists or engineers who are excited and able to lead projects in the area of bioanalytical chemistry for living tissue and/or immunoengineering.  Ongoing projects areas that you could join and lead include:

1) Using bioanalytical chemistry or chemical biology to detect cellular activity in living tissues.

2) Utilizing microfluidic devices to control the environment around living tissues or 3D cultures to study mechanisms of immunity.

We provide an excellent training environment and a well-funded laboratory. Duties include providing leadership within the lab, assist in the training of graduate and undergraduate students, help maintain a high-energy and collegial lab culture, lead collaborations with other labs as appropriate for the project, maintain detailed scientific records of your work, and help keep laboratory safety regulations. You will have the opportunity to write exciting scientific papers and grant proposals and to present at national and or international conferences. 

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biomedical or Chemical Engineering, Immunology, or a related discipline by the appointment start date. 

Required expertise:  Either (1) bioanalytical chemistry or chemical biology (e.g. work with antibodies and protein chemistry), or (2) microfluidics for cell culture or analysis, as appropriate for the project area of interest.  Because our lab is interdisciplinary, the candidate must have a demonstrated ability and eagerness to learn new techniques and skills and to clearly explain the impact of their research, as attested to by their recommendation letters, publication record, and interview. 

Preferred experience includes: Immunoassay development, long-term cell or tissue culture on a microfluidic chip, animal handling, live fluorescence imaging, or simulations of fluid flow and mass transport in Comsol Multiphysics.  The most important thing is leadership ability, ability to bring projects to completion, and ability to communicate your ideas.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Apply online at  and attach a cover letter that explains why you are interested in joining the Pompano lab, which project you are interested in, your career goals, and a brief summary of your relevant research experience (max 2 pages), curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on May 5, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. 

This is a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Rebecca Pompano, Ph.D., Professor, at [email protected]

Questions regarding the application, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at [email protected]

Learn more about our work at .

For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 4/27/2019
Application Due: 7/3/2019
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