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Research Assistant/Associate Professor
Pennsylvania State University

Date Posted Feb. 28, 2023
Title Research Assistant/Associate Professor
University Pennsylvania State University
Middletown, PA, United States
Department More About This Department...
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Biology - Biochemistry

Research Assistant/Associate Professor

Penn State Harrisburg School of Science, Engineering, and Technology (SSET) is seeking to hire a Research faculty at either an Assistant or Associate Professor rank to assist in establishing a new and emerging field of "Nutraceutical Genomics" under the direction of the Director of the Central Pennsylvania Bio-fuels Laboratory. Using a state-of-the-art Laboratory, the faculty will focus on evaluating the efficacy of plant-derived natural products as supplements for the treatment of cancer, anxiety, depression, PTSD, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes.

This will include plant-derived secondary metabolites in combination with cannabinoids. A wide range of model systems and experimental approaches are of interest including studying the effects on solid tumors like prostate, lung, colon, and/or breast cancer. Likewise, the candidate will look at the gene expression profiling following treatment with a single/combination of product(s) to understand the mechanism of action of nutraceuticals.

The successful candidate for the position of Research Assistant/Associate Professor should have:

  • Earned Ph.D. degree in one of the disciplinary areas of Pharmacology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, or a closely related field.
  • Evidence of prior productive scientific work in the form of publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • prior experience in gene transcriptional regulation, bioinformatics, and the use of mouse models.

In addition, the following would be desirable qualifications:

  • Experience in securing competitive external research grants
  • Demonstrated participation in sponsored research projects.
  • Ability to perform independent research and lead projects involving students and other colleagues.

The research faculty responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing research plans, performing in vitro/in vivo assays with newly identified/known small molecules.
  • Determine cannabinoids and plant secondary metabolite ratios, methods for administration as well as determine therapeutic dosing ranges for various cancer treatments.
  • Perform toxicology study with anti-cancer compounds.
  • Identify the mechanism and relate it to endocannabinoids.
  • Participate in clinical trials and case studies.
  • Supervising undergraduate students.
  • Performing data analysis.
  • Developing peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific conferences.
  • Ensuring data integrity.
  • Develop external funding resulting in a significant portion of the researcher's salary being covered through external grants in subsequent years.

How to Apply:

  • Attach a cover letter describing their background and research interests, their current Curriculum Vitae, as well as three professional references who would be able to provide letters of recommendation.

The expected start date for this position is as early as June 1, 2023.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

This is a limited-term appointment funded for three years from the date of hire with an excellent possibility of refunding.

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