Research Scientist

Contracted position with NIH funded study
Beltsville, Prince Georges, Maryland
Jul 17, 2017
Aug 21, 2017
Research, Science
Full Time

Research Scientist

Research Scientist needed for a NIH funded study of dietary supplements. This project supports the Dietary Supplement Ingredient Database (DSID), a database for dietary supplement composition information, which provides estimated analytical levels of ingredients in dietary supplement products sold in the US. The DSID is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is managed by a team which includes 2 chemists, 2 biologists, 2 IT analysts and a consulting statistician. The research is based on fundamental principles of public health, nutrition and analytical chemistry. Dietary supplement samples are purchased according to statistically developed sampling plan for products representative of the US market. The products are sent to contracted laboratories for the analysis of ingredient content and evaluation of performance quality. Laboratory data and other related information are stored in Microsoft Access databases. SAS is utilized for in-house evaluation of laboratory data and statistical analysis of laboratory data and large datasets. Data is reported on the project website, at regular meetings with stakeholders and in manuscripts.

The Research Scientist will assist the managers of the DSID research program with a new focus of research for this project, which is the performance quality assessment of dietary supplements using USP protocols (for disintegration and dissolution testing). Contracted commercial or academic laboratories will be doing the testing, but the work will be managed by the DSID team. Currently, these tests are required for drugs, but not for dietary supplements. The Research Scientist will also assist with generating reports and manuscripts.

Minimum qualifications: The candidate must have a PhD degree in chemistry, biology, or a related science with less than 5 years of postdoctoral experience and research interest or knowledge of dietary supplements. Experience in research management, complex data analysis and manuscript writing is required. Excellent communication and analytical thinking skills are required. Must be able to work both collaboratively in a team environment and independently, with a high degree of initiative and self-motivation. Must possess excellent time and project management skills and be able to handle multiple priorities and resolve complex problems within deadlines.

Preferences: PhD degree in pharmaceutical sciences and research experience with dietary supplements and disintegration and dissolution testing. Manuscript/technical/grant proposal writing experiences are a substantial plus.

This is a contracted position for one year, with an additional year possible. Health and retirement benefits are included and salary is commensurate with qualifications. When applying, please send a resume and a cover letter. Visa sponsorship is not provided.

Please Note: This position is a post-doctoral position and only those with a PhD and less than 5 years of experience are eligible.

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