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Organic Analytical Chemist - Research Scientist

New York State Department of Health
Albany, New York
Salary will be commensurate with training and experience, and includes a generous benefits package.
Closing date
May 8, 2020
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Tenure Track Faculty Position in Human Biomonitoring and Environmental Health

The Wadsworth Center, the research-intensive public health laboratory of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), is seeking an outstanding organic analytical chemist at the Research Scientist (Assistant Professor level) or Senior Research Scientist (Associate Professor level) to lead a competitive laboratory-based program to develop novel biomarkers of human exposure to organic pollutants. The successful candidate will be expected to attract external funding in support of an independent research program focused on measuring human exposure to emerging organic pollutants.  A strong background in analytical mass spectrometry is required, along with excellent communication skills, and a solid publication record with an emphasis on the analysis of human specimens.  Experience working in a regulated clinical laboratory, while not required, would be beneficial.  The incumbent will work closely with the Director of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences to expand the current scope of human biomonitoring at Wadsworth to ensure that targeted organic chemicals found in blood and urine can be reported to human subjects under the current regulatory framework, i.e., CLIA. Collaborations with other scientists are strongly encouraged.

The Wadsworth Center ( is the country’s most comprehensive state public health laboratory. It provides a dynamic atmosphere with a staff of about 900 that includes more than 150 doctoral-level scientists focused on infectious, genetic, and environmental diseases and their impact on human health. Its Division of Environmental Health Sciences (DEHS) is one of three Human Health Exposure Analytical Resource (HHEAR) laboratory hubs funded by NIH to provide targeted analysis of human specimens to NIH-funded researchers. Additionally, the division is funded by the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health to support human biomonitoring studies throughout NY State. The division is very well equipped with a number of mass spectrometers dedicated to monitoring organic pollutants in human specimens including two Sciex 6500 Q-TRAPs, eight triple-quadrupole LC-MS/MS systems, a Sciex LC-triple-TOF HRMS system, two Thermo Q-Exactive Orbitraps, as well as GC-MS and GC-MS/MS instruments.

The successful applicant will receive a yearly salary and a generous start up package.

Suitably qualified candidates may be eligible for a joint appointment in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences of the School of Public Health, University at Albany, under a partnership between the UAlbany School of Public Health and the NYSDOH. This arrangement provides opportunities for graduate students to study under a mentor based within the research laboratories of the Wadsworth Center. Candidates must have a doctoral degree from an accredited institution and relevant postdoctoral experience with evidence of scientific independence and the potential to secure external funding. Salary will be commensurate with training and experience. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a three-page description of their proposed research plan, and names and contact information of at least three professional references to Patricia Carola, Biggs Lab Administration, Wadsworth Center, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237.  Review of applications will begin May 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. AA/EOE.

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