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Postdoctoral Researcher - Emerging Pollutants and Lung Toxicity
University of California, Los Angeles

Date Posted Feb. 15, 2019
Title Postdoctoral Researcher - Emerging Pollutants and Lung Toxicity
University University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Department Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available Immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Nanotechnology
    Chemistry - Biochemistry
    Biomedical Sciences
    Biology - Cell Biology

The Fielding School of Public Health (FSPH) and the Division of NanoMedicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to join a multi-disciplinary team exploring the health & safety impacts of emerging pollutants including electronic cigarette aerosol that contains nanoparticles. The main objective of the research is to identify the link between pollutant physicochemical properties and the biological and hazardous outcomes in tissue culture cells (in vitro) and in animal models (in vivo). We envisage a major impact of these emerging pollutants on modulation of the innate immune response, reticuloendothelial system and the lung.

Professors Yifang Zhu (FSPH) and Tian Xia (Division of Nanomedicine) are looking for a highly qualified Postdoctoral Researcher with keen interest in multidisciplinary research that involves engineering, biology, immunology, aerosol, and/or nanomaterial science. The candidate will have the opportunity to learn advanced techniques including advanced characterization methods, high throughput screening, live animal imaging, etc. The successful candidate needs to possess interdisciplinary skills and hands-on experience in conducting sample preparation, physicochemical characterization, in vitro and in vivo bioanalytical and biophysical characterization procedures, conducting cellular and animal studies based on a detailed understanding of pollutant properties. Postdoctoral researcher will assist in planning of experiments, methods development, data reduction, and manuscript preparation as part of this project.

This position is funded by a NHLBI grant. This position is available immediately and initial appointment will be 1 year. Appointment may be extended contingent upon performance and availability of funds. The salary (including full university benefits) is commensurate with experience and set by the University of California standard pay scales. In addition to research activities, the postdoc will be expected to mentor undergraduate and graduate students and participate in training activities.

Candidate must have completed their PhD in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Toxicology, or Immunology and have hands-on experience in aerosol sample preparation, physicochemical characterization and biological experimentation. Applicants who have already served more than 3 years as a Postdoctoral Researcher are not eligible to apply. Please forward curriculum vitae and 3 references to Profs. Yifang Zhu ( and Tian Xia (

  • The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy at

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  • Tian Xia
    Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology
    University of California, Los Angeles
    570 Westwood Plaza
    Box 957227
    Los Angeles, CA 90095


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