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Post-Doc/Visiting Scientist - Biosciences - 515627

The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL

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Pay Grade/Pay Range: Non Classified - Grade NA

Department/Organization: 208301 - Biomedical Sciences

Normal Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:45pm

Job Summary: Under the direction of a senior faculty member who serves as a mentor for the postdoctoral appointee, The Postdoctoral Fellow provides for an internship and continuation of scholarly activity and research after achieving the Ph.D. or other doctoral degree.

Additional Department Summary: Bioscience and Medicine initiative within the College of Community Health Sciences (CCHS), at the University of Alabama (UA), is excited to invite qualified candidates to multiple Postdoctoral Research Associate positions to meet its growing research initiatives. We wish to emphasize that this is a highly unique opportunity to recruit new staff to one of the leading teams in the nation in nanotechnology-based oral drug delivery, which is the subject of four currently funded multi-year R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health, UA’s CCHS and the Office for Research and Economic Development will develop a strong partnership to champion this research forward creating extensive opportunities for collaboration across campus, and specifically including the Alabama Life Research Institute as well as the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences, through newly established Center for Convergent Bioscience and Medicine (CCBM,

Duties are specifically related to research activities, require an advanced level of knowledge in a field of science or learning, are predominantly intellectual and varied in character, and require consistent use of discretion and judgment.

The post holder(s) will assist within a research team and undertake research in drug delivery and clinical pharmacology. The research in drug delivery lab ( seeks to provide customized solutions for different drugs, biological barriers, and diseases. (J Am Chem Soc. 139: 7203-7216, 2017; ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 9: 25668-25671, 2017, ACS Macro Lett. 6: 161-164, 2017, Chem. Comm. 55: 4761-4764, 2019, Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 317: F1255-F1264, 2019, ACS Appl. Bio Mater. 2: 3532-3539, 2019, Science Advances 6: eabb3900, 2020). To take this research further, we are seeking to fill multiple positions in dosage form design, clinical pharmacology (e.g., diabetes and complications, lupus, cancer), PK-PD and collectively contribute to the success of ongoing therapeutic programs. Knowledge of GMPs and GLPs, pre-clinical toxicology is highly desirable. Excellent problem solving, analytical, spatial- reasoning skills are required. Strong organizational, communication, and management skills are required to assist and collaborate with multidisciplinary groups of technology innovators in a dynamic team environment.

Self-motivated individuals who recently obtained a PhD degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical engineering, or a similar field. Advanced English skills (both written and verbal) are required. Additionally, the candidate must be willing to work independently as well as within a group setting. The right candidate will be offered a competitive salary and benefits package. Candidates with experience in more than one model and surgical procedures will be preferred.

Required Minimum Qualifications: Doctorate. Additional qualifications based on assignment.

Additional Required Department Minimum Qualifications: Full understanding of framing research question, research design and methods, and project implementation. Research experience in dosage form design, extensive experience in animal handing skills for the conduct of efficacy studies in rodent models-PK-PD, administer test compounds into animals through various routes like peroral (gavage), IP, IV, SC, etc, and understanding and adherence to good experimental practice’s including data collection, curation, and storage.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates will have strong publication record and demonstrated experience in research study design and project implementation, Computer literacy including databases, standard software platforms, spread sheets and statistical analysis. Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

Background Investigation Statement: Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment or volunteer status without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law" Poster


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