Mission or Goal of Unit
Advance research, and education missions of the academic medical center in the areas of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal
The chief purpose of this position is to support our research mission.
1. Teaching: This position will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate students in research laboratory methods, working with students to develop research proposals and supervising such students with the laboratory to insure appropriate methods are followed.
2. Research: devote all effort to conducting research involving the investigation of oxysterol and bile acid metabolic pathways controlled by CYP27A1 and CYP7B1 which contribute to hepatic inflammation. The holder of the position will also assist in the training of newly hired undergraduates, graduate students, doctoral & post-doctoral candidates, residents and fellows that will rotate through the laboratory.
PhD degree with postdoctoral research experience utilizing advanced molecular techniques. Demonstrated technical skill as a chemist as evidenced by shown ability to synthesize sterol molecules, ability to develop new analytical techniques, skill with LC, GC, -MS in the analysis of sterols, and in the interpretation of oxysterols, oxysterol metabolites, and bile acids profiles. At least 3 years of post-doctoral experience with the ability to design, conduct and supervise a research project. Ability to train others to perform advanced molecular and cellular biology techniques. A successful publication record in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Experience in handling of human and animal tissues, cell culturing of stable and primary cell lines, the analysis of enzymatic activities and mRNA levels, detection and analysis of oxysterols and their metabolites are highly desirable.
Position Number F54040