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*Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, OK

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The Post-Doctoral Fellow will develop and synthesize small molecule dyes, peptide-based contrast agents, or nanomaterials for cancer imaging and drug delivery applications. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will be responsible for synthesis, development, and evaluation of small molecule dyes (organic synthesis), peptide-based contrast agents, and/or nanomaterials (polymer and silica nanoparticles) to target the tumor microenvironment (breast, pancreatic, ovarian, and colon tumors). 

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work with existing laboratory members in the development small molecule dyes, peptide-based contrast agents, and/or nanoparticles for drug delivery with applications in cancer and inflammation.  The Post Doc Fellow will work within our multi-disciplinary team to evaluate contrast agent specificity, toxicity, drug/dye release from nanoparticles, or efficacy using both in vitro and in vivo experimentation in murine, swine, and human of solid tumors. The Post Doc will have the opportunity to learn about writing and submitting their own independent federal grants (USA). Other responsibilities will include communicating results to the scientific community through publications and presentations, and supervising graduate students, clinical residents, and laboratory technicians. Weekly attendance and presentation of data at lab meeting is expected. Presentation of results for submission of manuscripts to international journals is expected for this position.

This position is funded by NIH grants.

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Our ideal candidate will have:

  • A Ph.D. in the field of chemistry, bioengineering, materials science, chemical engineering, biochemistry, biology or similar field
  • Prior research experience should include organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, nanomaterials, or peptides-based agents
  • Experience with standard characterization techniques required
  • Experience with manuscript writing, preparation of figures is required
  • Experience small animals (mice) is a benefit, but not required
  • Broad knowledge and experience in contrast agents and various imaging modalities is a strength
  • Must show technical proficiency and have the ability to collaborate within a multi-disciplinary group
  • Must have good record keeping skills
  • Must follow safety procedures and maintain a safe work environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to contribute in a multidisciplinary team setting are mandatory
Keywords: chemistry, organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, nanomaterials, nanoparticles, material science, contrast agent, imaging

The position is full-time for one year with the option to extend dependent on Post Doc performance and available funding. This project builds upon the work of Dr. Lacey McNally, an NIH funded investigator for the last 14 years. Salary will be based on experience and will use the NIH scale.

 Diversity Statement: The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.  Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, and health care services that the University operates or provides.

Organization: Stephenson Cancer Center
Job Location: Oklahoma-Oklahoma City-Health Sciences Center
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Oct 4, 2023

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