Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland Postdoctoral Research Fellowship - LIPID Biochemistry and Mass SpectrometryContractual Position
Location: Boreal Ecosystem Research Facility, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, Corner Brook, NL, Canada
Group: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department: Environmental Science
Duration: 2 Years
Tenure: Full-time; Grant funded
Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled
Anticipated Start: August 1, 2015
A postdoctoral fellowship is available immediately for a highly motivated individual to work in the new Boreal Ecosystem Research Facility located on Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, Corner Brook, NL. The fellow will join a multidisciplinary research team with expertise in hydrology, agronomy, soil science, microbiology, neurobiology, food science, and plant biochemistry. We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow with interests in using specialize chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques to understand the roles of lipid metabolism in mitigating environmental stress in a multidisciplinary context.
Opportunities exist for the successful candidate to lead research projects studying the following:
- Develop novel techniques (mass spectrometric, chromatographic, and lipid imaging) to understand the roles of lipid metabolism (spatial, qualitative and quantitative) in the strategies used by plants, animals and/or microbes to overcome exposure to environmental stressors (disease, climatic, toxins, dietary or nutrient imbalance);
- Secondary metabolites from unique plant, animal or microbial sources as functional food components (focus on antioxidants and lipids);
- Lipids as environmental stress mediator in control systems agriculture production: implications in yield increase, nutritional and value added production.
The candidate must be prepared to carry out laboratory as well as field activities, including set-up of field plot experiments, sampling, data collection, monitoring equipment and protocols; generate peer-reviewed publications in top-tier scientific journals, be able to supervise undergraduate and graduate research assistants, and serve as Co-PI on future grant proposals.
Ph.D in any life or natural science related discipline.
Expertise and training in lipid biochemistry and lipid analysis using liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry are essential for this position.
Experience with lipid imaging mass spectrometry, and any combination of the following: high resolution and tandem mass spectrometry, electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS), atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mass spectrometry (APCI-MS), atmospheric pressure photoionization mass spectrometry (APPI-MS), desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (DESI-MS), and/or laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) are preferred for this position.
Chromatographic separation experience using any combination of the following techniques are also strong asset for this position: normal phase, reverse phase, size exclusion, solid phase micro-extraction (SPME) thin layer, gas, ion and/or HILLIC phase separation.
The ideal applicant will possess a curiosity and passion for science, and a talent for independent research in life or natural sciences. This should be supported by a strong publication record with at least two first authored publications in respected journals.
Prospective candidates should submit a cover letter outlining your fit with the research interests and required expertise, a curriculum vitae (with full publication list), and the names of three referees willing to provide letters of reference on your behalf.
Please send all applications electronically (as PDF) or enquiries to Dr. Raymond Thomas at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.
Memorial University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce. It welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research, and teaching.