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September 8, 2022, Vol. 1, No. 8

MSU Institute for Integrative Toxicology

The ToxScout is a bi-weekly newsletter from the Institute for Integrative Toxicology at MSU. It is filled with a variety of recent job postings from across academia, government and industry related to the field of toxicology. To advertise a job posting, please contact lstjohn@msu.edu. 

Job Postings


Tenure-Track Faculty Position, Translational and Biomedical Toxicology, School of Health Sciences, Purdue University

The School of Health Sciences in the College of Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track position at Assistant Professor level in Translational and Biomedical Toxicology. The successful candidate is expected to develop an extramurally funded research program involving the elucidation of risks associated with chemical exposures to human health outcomes through expertise in integrating sentinel, laboratory, and human studies. Moreover, this faculty member will advance translation of toxicology learning, research and engagement to human health and the biomedical sciences. The successful candidate will be expected to perform teaching broadly in biomedical sciences or translational toxicology courses in the School. Those whose work scientifically addresses critical issues of environmental justice are especially encouraged to apply. Within the School of Health Sciences, ongoing studies on the adverse outcomes of environmentally relevant exposures offer tremendous collaborative opportunities. Outside the School, there are collaborative opportunities with Purdue’s world-renowned colleges, including Engineering, Management, Science, Health and Human Sciences, Pharmacy, and Agriculture. Purdue has also established Discovery Park District, a highly interdisciplinary enterprise dedicated to transformative research that includes state-of-the-art centers for nanotechnology, biosciences, healthcare engineering, energy, and other multi-disciplinary activities including the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering with a focus on health analytics. Opportunities for collaboration also exist with a large number of manufacturing, information, healthcare, and energy industries in the region.

Qualifications
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in toxicology, or a related field and productive postdoctoral research experience. An area of research interest that capitalizes on existing strengths within the School of Health Sciences (https://hhs.purdue.edu/research/departmental-research/school-of-health-sciences-research/) is preferred. The position is competitive with regards to salary, start-up funds, and laboratory space. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Applications
A cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of current and future research interests (maximum 3 pages), a teaching philosophy statement (maximum 1 page), a diversity and inclusion statement (see below) and contact information for three references should be submitted as a single PDF through Success Factors: https://careers.purdue.edu/job-invite/21781/

Purdue University's School of Health Sciences is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Priority deadline for review of applications will begin October 14th, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, contact Dr. Jason Cannon (cannonjr@purdue.edu).
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Assistant Professor of Toxicology, Tenure-Track, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Memphis

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Memphis (www.memphis.edu/biology) in Memphis (TN) invites applications for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. The candidate will develop an innovative and integrative research program in any area of toxicology, including ecotoxicology, that asks mechanistic questions at one or more of these levels: molecular, cellular, organismal and/or ecosystem. Research on any aspect of toxicology and organisms will be considered, including those that have field and laboratory research methodologies. Those individuals who study toxins and their effects on biological processes at any scale are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in general microbiology and have an interest in developing new undergraduate and graduate courses related to their research, based on departmental needs.

The University of Memphis is an R1 institution located in the center of the city of Memphis. Our city has a rich and diverse cultural heritage, a vibrant music, arts and sports scene, and a strong research community. From its collaborations with biotech companies and research hospitals, its ample and inclusive cultural offerings, and the City’s love of its sports teams, the University of Memphis is a vital part of the life and future of the city. With an undergraduate enrollment of over 1,000 students and with research programs and curricula covering all major subdisciplines of Biology, Biological Sciences is one of the largest departments at the University of Memphis. The Department proudly hosts over 30 exceptionally collaborative and collegial faculty members engaged in interdisciplinary research (see: https://www.memphis.edu/biology/people/) who train Ph.D. and M.S. students. Research is facilitated by university research centers and facilities such as the Center for Biodiversity, Data Science
Research Cluster, High-Performance Computing Facility, Integrated Microscopy Center, Animal Care Facility, the Meeman Biological Station, and the FedEx Institute of Technology.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline from an accredited institution. We seek candidates with postdoctoral training or equivalent experience, a record of peer-reviewed publication and scholarly accomplishments commensurate with experience, and evidence of funding potential. The successful candidate is expected to develop an extramurally funded research program that advances their field of study while training graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) and undergraduate students. In addition to teaching general microbiology, teaching assignments will depend on the candidate’s expertise and departmental needs. Faculty members are also expected to engage in service activities at the department, college, and university levels. Competitive salary and startup funds will be offered.

Applications must be submitted online at https://workforum.memphis.edu/ (position number 008629). To apply, candidates should upload a (i) cover letter, (ii) CV, (iii) research statement (listed as “other document” in the application portal), and (iv) teaching philosophy. Additionally, applicants will be asked to comment on diversity, equity, and inclusion as part of the online application process. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted through the application portal. Up to three representative publications may also be uploaded as a single pdf (optional). Review of applications will begin on 09/12/2022, which is the closing date for this position. Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Shawn Brown (search committee Chair), Department of Biological Sciences, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152, USA (email: spbrown2@memphis.edu).
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Postdoctoral Fellow Bioinformatics/Toxicology, Corteva Agriscience

At Corteva Agriscience, you will help us grow what’s next. No matter your role, you will be part of a team that is building the future of agriculture – leading breakthroughs in the innovation and application of science and technology that will better the lives of people all over the world and fuel the progress of humankind.

Corteva Agriscience™ has an exciting and challenging opportunity for a postdoctoral position wihin human safety, focusing on applying genomic tools to toxicology and cancer research.  The position is part of the Genetic and Molecular Toxicology team located within Corteva’s Mammalian Toxicology Center in Newark, Delaware. It is an exciting time to join this team as we are expanding and growing.

Responsibilities:
How will you help us grow? It matters to us, and it matters to you!

The successful candidate will work collaboratively within Corteva’s mammalian toxicology and bioinformatics groups to use and develop sequencing technologies, as Error-Corrected Next-Generation Sequencing (EC-NGS),  for the identification of non-genotoxic carcinogens using in vitro and subchronic in vivo study designs. The postdoctoral scholar will be encouraged to communicate research outcomes through publication in peer-reviewed journals, participation in scientific community working groups, and presentations at key scientific conferences. This is an incredible opportunity where the candidate would gain exposure and insight into regulatory aspects of assessing crop protection molecules for carcinogenic potential while expanding the boundaries of cancer regulatory science.

Requirements:
What expertise have you grown? What do you bring to the table?

  • PhD in the fields of molecular biology, genomics, toxicology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, or related disciplines with a strong publication history
  • Demonstrated experience in molecular biology and genetics/genomics including, vector cloning, PCR, NGS library prep, sequencing, data management, and analysis
  • Ability to work independently and in collaborative team environments
  • Strong written and oral communication skills that allow dissemination of complex technical issues in a clear, concise manner to a variety of scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Keen interest in working in a dynamic, exciting industry and applying scientific information for protection of human health.

Preferences:
•    Proficiency with bioinformatics software packages such as R, Python and JMP

For more information and to apply online, please visit: https://careers.corteva.com/job-en/15371026/posdoctoral-fellow-bioinformatics-toxicology-newark-de/

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RNA Accelerator Postdoctoral Fellow, Drug Safety, Pfizer

Pfizer Drug Safety Research and Development (DSRD) Comparative Medicine is seeking a motivated individual with a doctorate degree in Immunology for an exciting post-doctoral fellowship opportunity within the Immunosafety Sciences department.  The goal of the fellowship is to assess the impact of RNA-based pharmaceuticals on the immune system with an emphasis on innate immunity.  Following the success of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, mRNA lipid nanoparticle (RNA LNP) modality is expected to extend into other therapeutic areas including inflammation/immunology, oncology, gene therapy and rare diseases, requiring a deeper understanding of RNA LNP safety and impact on the immune system.  We are interested in defining the immunosafety parameters of the RNA LNP platform and advancing our understanding of the role of the innate and adaptive immune cells in influencing RNA LNP efficacy and safety.  The data you will generate in the course of your post-doctoral fellowship are expected to drive forward our organization’s ability to accelerate the development of RNA-based pharmaceuticals.

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Design and execute an in-depth strategy to evaluate the interactions of the immune system with RNA LNP formulations
  • Utilize an array of scientific methods including cell-based and molecular assays to generate pivotal data to define the immune processes that are affected by RNA LNP modality.
  • Leverage the resources within DSRD to perform a comprehensive safety assessment of the immunomodulatory effects of RNA LNPs, focusing on the innate immune system.
  • Collaborate with Immunosafety scientists and subject matter experts, your post-doctoral advisors and our partners in multiple therapeutic areas including Vaccines, Oncology and Inflammation & Immunology.
  • Utilize the full spectrum of immunological techniques including flow cytometry, cell culture, in vivo models, multiplex cytokine assays, RNA sequencing, cell trafficking, phagocytosis, proliferation/apoptosis, antigen presentation and other assays.
  • In addition to designing and carrying out experiments in the laboratory, perform complex data analyses and create verbal, written and visual summaries of your results.
  • Communicate your findings to your colleagues within Immunosafety Sciences, our internal partners, DSRD leadership and your post-doctoral peers within the organization.
  • Show scientific creativity while maintaining a strong connection to the business needs of the organization.
  • Take initiative in organizing your data into publications and take a leading role in manuscript preparation.
  • Participate in a larger Pfizer post-doctoral community through meetings, poster sessions and symposia.  Network and interact with broader Global Discovery, Investigating and Translational Sciences (G-DITS) organization comprising of investigative and biomarker groups.
  • Follow Pfizer laboratory safety, compliance and data archiving/reporting standards, and fulfill all on-line and in-person training requirements in a timely fashion.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://pfizer.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/PfizerCareers/job/United-States---Connecticut---Groton/RNA-Accelerator-Postdoctoral-Fellow-Drug-Safety_4862346-1.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Laboratory of Dr. Norbert Kaminski, MSU

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Norbert Kaminski at Michigan State University within the Institute for Integrative Toxicology, in East Lansing, Michigan.  A focus of the laboratory is on elucidating the molecular mechanisms by which the aryl hydrocarbon receptor impairs humoral immunity in human primary CD5+ B cells.  Seeking motivated candidates that have a strong background in immunology and/or toxicology and have excellent oral and written communication skills.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/509582/research-associatefixed-term 
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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Research on Ingredient Safety, MSU

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available at Michigan State University within the Center for Research on Ingredient, in East Lansing, Michigan.  This laboratory’s focus is utilizing molecular toxicology techniques, cell co-culture systems, primary tissue culture, transcriptomics, and immunotoxicology to understand chemical ingredient safety of consumer goods and products.  We are seeking motivated candidates that have a strong background in toxicology, molecular biology, or similar experience and have excellent oral and written communication skills. 

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/509964/research-associatefixed-term

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