NOTE: This position is located in Kannapolis, NC (2 hours from Chapel Hill).

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work as an integral part of the Sumner Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute to conduct metabolomics investigations in nutrition, environmental exposures, and metabolic variation. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will acquire, analyze, and interpret findings using mass spectrometry, software for statistical and multivariate analysis, and pathway mapping. The individual must have a good understanding of the quality control procedures used in mass spectrometry. Additionally, the Postdoctoral Research Associate may participate in establishing and applying new methods in metabolomics data capture and analysis. Selected responsibilities include data acquisition and analysis, quality control reviews, participation in meetings, presentations, and proposal and manuscript development.

Educational Requirements:

PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, or other relevant field with experience in mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy for detection and identification of small molecules.

Qualifications and Experience:

– At least 2 years of graduate-level experience with the acquisition and analysis of liquid chromatography mass spectrometry data with knowledge of quality control procedures.
– Experience with sample extraction and preparation from biospecimens including humans, animals, and cell cultures, as well as experience in handling, storage, and disposal of biospecimens.
– Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment.
– Demonstrated skill in critical thinking, self-direction, motivation, project management, time management, and organization.
– Strong communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate scientific results to audiences.
– Computer skills: Waters, Thermo, and/or LECO software for mass spectrometry.

– Experience with metabolomics studies using ThermoFisher Scientific (Orbi-Trap) and/or Waters (Synapt GS2) LC-MS platforms, and identification of environmentally relevant compounds.
– Knowledge and experience in metabolomics data analysis (e.g., statistical and multivariate data analysis and pathway analysis).

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.