Description: A Post-Doctoral Research Associate position is available at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, in Grand Forks, ND. The mission of the center is to serve the public by conducting basic and applied research to elucidate the roles of diet and physical activity in preventing obesity and related disorders. The incumbent will develop methods for the analysis of proteomic and small molecule endpoints related to healthy diet and exercise habits, specifically myokine, adipokine, cytokine, and endocannabinoid species.
The project involves developing mass spectrometry-base analytical methods and implementing these assays in human studies. These include: The quantitation of a panel of myokine, adipokine, cytokine species in human plasma, hair, saliva, and/or urine using targeted proteomic analysis; the quantitation of small molecule species such as endocannabinoids, corticosteroids, and similar species that relate to psychological processes including behavioral reinforcement and/or stress response (NMR, mass spectrometry) following chromatographic purification.
Interested candidates who are US citizens are encouraged to apply via email using the contact information below, providing a resume, academic transcripts, and three references.
Transcripts can be sent to: Dr. Michael Bukowski, Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Plains Area, 2420 2nd Ave N, Grand Forks, ND 58203. USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity employer and provider.
Requirements: A Ph.D. in analytical/bioanalytical chemistry, chemical biology, biochemistry, or a related field is required. The research assignment requires professional knowledge of biochemistry, protein chemistry, liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, and laboratory safety (especially with human biological samples). The assignment also requires working knowledge of the principles protein isolation, purification and analysis, including differential precipitation, immunodepletion/enrichment, and gel electrophoresis. A willingness to work directly with human biological samples including but not limited to blood components, hair, saliva, and/or urine is required.