Postdoctoral Researcher, Metabolites and Biomarker Mass Spectrometry
- Desert Research Institute
- Location: Reno, NV
- Job Number: 7106823
- Posting Date: Jul 29, 2022
- Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionThe Organic Analytical Laboratory (OAL) in the Division of Atmospheric Sciences of the Desert Research Institute (DRI) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to conduct environmental health science research using mass spectrometry techniques. OAL mainly focuses on the synergistic integration of analytical chemistry and biomarker analysis for environmental health risk assessment projects. Currently, OAL is conducting research evaluating the risks of wildfire smoke, electronic/conventional cigarettes, and emerging pollutant exposures (e.g., PFAS). The laboratory is equipped with multiple GC/MSs, two UPLC/QQQ MSs, and a UPLC/QTOF MS.
The candidate will assist with designing and conducting experiments using various mass spectrometry analysis techniques for the current OAL projects. The candidate will also develop methods involving advanced analytical techniques for known and unknown metabolites and biomarkers. The candidate will be expected to apply for funding (e.g., DRI-internal, NIH) and assist in writing other grant applications. Some field work may also be required. The position is located at DRI’s Reno, Nevada campus.
• Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry, or a related field from an accredited institution.
• Hands-on experience with one or more of the following: UPLC with Orbitrap, Triple Quadrupole (QQQ), or Quadrupole-Time-of-Flight (QTOF) mass spectrometry
• Proven experience with operation, calibration, troubleshooting, and maintenance of MS instruments and interpretation of data
• Demonstrated proficiency in standard wet chemistry sample extraction and cleanup techniques
• Ability to independently design and execute experiments to solve unique problems
• Excellent English-language communication skills (oral and written)
• Demonstrated ability to perform research and publish results in peer-reviewed literature
Greater consideration will be given to those who possess the following skills and attributes:
• Experience with MRM/SRM or DDA/DIA
• Experience with data analysis and bioinformatics
• Field and/or laboratory research experience in biological sample handling (e.g., saliva, urine, stool, plan tissue, etc.)
• Experience with R and/or Python
• Experience writing successful grant applications
Conditions of Employment
• Some travel expected for meetings, workshops, and conferences
• Visits to field sites and conduction of field measurements may be required
Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move object. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.
For more than 60 years, the Desert Research Institute has functioned as the nonprofit, non-degree-granting environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Focused on basic and applied research, the Institute’s unique model blends academia with entrepreneurship to deliver a wide variety of scientific services and research-generated knowledge to its sponsors and clients.
DRI faculty are nontenured and responsible for generating their own salaries and Institute operating revenues through external funding. DRI also receives a portion of its annual operating revenues from the State of Nevada. As an autonomous organization in NSHE, DRI maintains financial and personnel policies and procedures that differ from other NSHE institutions.
The position will be based in Reno situated in northwestern Nevada at the base of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, 25 minutes from Lake Tahoe. Reno boasts 300+ days of sunshine and offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor activities ranging from mountain biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, whitewater paddling, and golfing in the summer and fall to alpine skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing in the winter.
Salary / Benefits
Minimum starting salary is $52,000 and is commensurate with experience and education. DRI offers a benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 6.2% retirement match, 1.25 annual leave days per month, a beginning balance of 15 sick leave days, 11 paid holidays, educational benefits, and the option to participate in a flexible spending account or health savings account. Additionally, there is no state income tax and no social security deduction. This position may be eligible for relocation assistance dependent on division funding.
Application / Review Process
Qualified individuals interested in this position must apply through Workday and upload the required documents below in the specified sections of the application.
• Cover letter detailing how you meet DRI’s listed educational and experience qualifications.
• Summary of your career interests and goals.
• Current resume or CV.
• Names and contact information for three professional references.
Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately and provide all required attachments to receive full consideration. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To learn more about DRI, visit us at www.dri.edu or call the recruitment office at 775-673-7431.