Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Location
Fairfax, VA
Salary
Commensurate with education and experience.
Posted
Nov 09, 2021
Closes
Dec 13, 2021
Ref
FAC8531
Function
Analyst, Research
Industry
Education
Hours
Full Time
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Analytical Chemist

Department of Bioengineering

The George Mason University Department of Bioengineering, within the College of Engineering and Computing, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Position:

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work within the Laboratory of Biomaterials and Nanomedicine, in the Department of Bioengineering, at the Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research (IABR) of George Mason University with a multidisciplinary team aiming to develop effective delivery systems for messenger RNA using lipid nanoparticles. The IABR is located on the Science and Technology campus of George Mason University in Manassas Virginia ( https://scitechcampus.gmu.edu/ ) and is part of the greater Washington D.C. area, with close proximity to several collaborative research facilities.

About the Department:


The Department of Bioengineering ( https://bioengineering.gmu.edu/ ) was established in 2010, and has rapidly grown to 13 full-time faculty and over 250 students in its BS, MS and PhD programs. The current research and educational focus areas are Biomedical Imaging and Devices, Computational Biomedical Engineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine, Neurotechnology and Computational Neuroscience.

Responsibilities:


  • Analysis of lipids for lipid nanoparticle messenger RNA delivery systems;
  • Characterization of novel synthesized lipids by LC-MS/MS and chromatography (reversed-phase ion-pair HPLC, SEC);
  • Development of methods to characterize lipid nanoparticle stability and lipid degradation;
  • Development of methods to characterize lipid adducts and degradation products;
  • Plan and execute experiments and analyze data independently; and
  • Provide reports of data at regularly scheduled group meetings and assist in manuscript preparations.


Required Qualifications:


  • PhD degree in Analytical Chemistry or related field obtained by the start date of the position;
  • Strong analytical chemistry and physical chemistry skills;
  • In depth knowledge of tandem mass spectrometry techniques (QTRAP, triple quad, QTof) and chromatography (reversed-phase ion-pair HPLC, SEC); and
  • Attention to detail, critical analysis of data and troubleshooting abilities.



Preferred Qualifications:


  • Knowledge of isothermal titration calorimetry, differential scanning calorimetry, surface plasmon resonance, and NMR;
  • Experience in characterization of antibody and peptide conjugates for targeting; and
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.


A Force for Innovation in the Heart of Northern Virginia's Technology Corridor


The College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) at George Mason University is comprised of the Volgenau School of Engineering and a new School of Computing. The College is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. Ranked nationally in the top 100 in both undergraduate and graduate education, the College boasts more than 9,100 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 271 full-time faculty who comprise the College, 91 are tenured, 59 are tenure-track, 89 are instructional faculty, and 32 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $75 million in sponsored research awards in the past year and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. The College stands out for its leading research in areas such as artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, community-based healthcare, autonomous systems, 5G/Next G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The College encourages multidisciplinary research and provides ample opportunity for faculty to work with other disciplines.

George Mason University is the largest and most diverse public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of over 39,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason has campuses in Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William Counties. Its proximity to Washington, D.C. provides unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. The region is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country, and has an outstanding local public school system.

In conjunction with Amazon's decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing. George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to grow its capacity in computing and high-tech fields. Among the exciting initiatives being undertaken by the university are the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a planned 400,000 square foot building that will house the new Institute for Digital InnovAtion. These initiatives reflect hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment by Mason that will rapidly elevate the university's already leading national position in computing and related areas.
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For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F708AZ at https://jobs.gmu.edu/ ; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, a 1-2 page description of relevant research experience (to be attached as 'Other Doc'), a statement on what diversity and inclusion means to you (to be attached as 'Other Doc'), and a list of three professional references with contact information. Full consideration will apply to applicants who submit their completed application by December 7, 2021; however, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
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Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.

New hires starting after August 15, 2021, must have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by their start date, be fully vaccinated within 45 days of their start date, and submit documentary proof unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption by their start date. For updated George Mason University COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please visit George Mason University Vaccination Requirements .
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