Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental Toxicology/Embryonic Stem Cells

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental Toxicology/Embryonic Stem Cells

Division of Personalized Nutrition and Medicine

National Center for Toxicological Research
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Jefferson, Arkansas

FDA-NCTR-2012-0011

Project Description:

A research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), Division of Personalized Nutrition and Medicine in the Office of Research.  The postdoctoral fellow will collaborate on multi-disciplinary research efforts in nationally recognized research programs in support of FDA’s mission.  Collaborative activities may include:  1) development of the mouse embryonic stem cell test (EST), 2) differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells to various other cell lineages, including osteoblasts, chondrocytes and neural cells, and/or 3) comparison of the mouse embryonic stem cell test and zebrafish assay to detect developmental toxicants.  Although the primary focus of these studies is on development of in vitro alternative testing methods, the opportunity to collaborate with other scientists using other approaches (genomics, whole animal studies, etc.) exists.   

The initial appointment period is expected to be full time for one year and is subject to change based on project needs and funding availability. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with education level and experience. The Research Participation Program for FDA is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.  Participants do not become employees of FDA or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.

The NCTR is located approximately 30 miles southeast of Little Rock and conducts FDA mission-related research of critical importance to the Agency to develop a scientifically sound basis for regulatory decisions.  Over 110 Ph.D. scientists and 400 support scientists, onsite contractors, and administrative staff make up a dynamic group of professionals in the NCTR organization.  Undergraduate/graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scientists also pursue education and research opportunities in a multi-disciplinary team atmosphere.  For more information on NCTR research and training activities, visit http://www.fda.gov/NCTR.  FDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  FDA/NCTR is a smoke free environment.

 

Qualifications:

 

Applicants must have received a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent in the fields of Pharmacology, Toxicology, Developmental Biology, Biology, Anatomy or Zoology with an emphasis on developmental biology within the last three years.  Completion of all requirements for the degree is expected prior to the starting date. Prior experience with tissue culture is helpful, but not required.

 

How to Apply:

Interested individuals should send a CV/resume, statement of research experience and interests, a sample of peer reviewed publication(s), and names of three references with contact information to:

Amy L. Inselman, Ph.D.

Division of Personalized Nutrition and Medicine

National Center for Toxicological Research/FDA

3900 NCTR Road

Jefferson, Arkansas 72079

Phone 870-543-7623

Email:  Amy.inselman@fda.hhs.gov

 

Please reference posting FDA-NCTR-2012-0011 in all correspondence. Applications will be accepted until the fellowship position is filled.

 

More information on the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education can be found at

http://orise.orau.gov/science-education/internships-scholarships-fellowships/description.aspx?JobId=4591.

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