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Postdoctoral fellow in wildlife toxicology method development

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
$54,840-$66,600 per year
Closing date
Nov 7, 2022

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Field of specialization
Analytical, Environmental, Toxicological
Work Function
Analyst, Laboratory, Research-Applied
Job Type
Full time

We are seeking a creative and interactive individual to join our group as a postdoctoral fellow and play an integral role in the establishment of a new wildlife health initiative within Penn Vet’s Wildlife Futures Program (WFP). The successful candidate will work collaboratively with Pennsylvania Game Commission biologists, WFP and Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System (PADLS) personnel at Penn Vet, and other partners to investigate the impacts of pesticide contaminants on Pennsylvania’s avian communities. Specific areas of focus will include, but not be limited to: 1) anticoagulant rodenticide exposure in barn owls (Tyto alba) and 2) evaluation of possible avian exposures to neonicotinoid insecticides in their environment.

Analytical chemistry experience is required. The position will perform sample analyses and participate in method development and validation activities related to the project, including data analysis and compiling and summarizing study results. Publication of collaborative research findings in peer-reviewed journals and representing the WFP at professional meetings and trainings will be expected.

A Ph.D. in chemistry or a related discipline and familiarity with analytical chemistry method development and validation are required. Experience working with biological and/or environmental samples is preferred. Hands-on experience with analytical instruments such as GC/MS and LC/MS is highly preferred. The ability to collaborate and clearly communicate scientific data and project results verbally and in writing to a broad audience are required.

For more information:

If interested, please send a CV, a cover letter, and contact information for at least 3 references to Dr. Lisa Murphy at

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