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Research Associate (Non-Tenure Track)

University of Maryland, Baltimore
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 20, 2024

Location: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, Maryland

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is conducting an open search for a Research Associate, Non-Tenure Track for the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. This position is a full-time, non-tenure track, 12-month faculty appointment based at the Baltimore Campus located in Baltimore, Maryland. The selected candidate will engage in laboratory research with activities funded by the NIH, FDA, and/or other funding agencies. This position primarily involves both independent research project(s), working closely with the Principal Investigator (PI) and senior staff, as well as collaborative research studies with members of the lab, and outside members. Secondarily, the position oversees general laboratory operations.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore campus houses schools of Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, Law, and Dentistry. Additionally, the School of Pharmacy has a satellite campus at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland. The University of Maryland enjoys an excellent established record of accomplishment of successful collaboration for interprofessional practice and research collaborations with the other professional schools on campus.


This position is responsible to the Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.


Respect & Integrity, Well-Being & Sustainability, Equity & Justice, and Innovation & Discovery


We believe every person brings with them unique strengths, experiences, and perspectives and we value these differences. One of our best opportunities to deliver a workplace that is diverse, inclusive, and focused on equality is to hire candidates who share these values.

The successful candidate for this position will be able to describe and demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness as well as how they contribute to a respectful, positive workplace.

  • Lead the development and execution of independent project research studies and revise experimental plans in collaboration with the PI.
  • Perform a wide variety of cell biology and molecular biology techniques, rodent animal studies, and in vitro/in vivo assay development.
  • Maintain careful laboratory records including written lab notebooks and well-organized electronic data files.
  • Present results to PI and contribute to discussions about data and direction of studies in the lab.
  • Compile, analyze, and interpret research data using various relevant computer software applications (e.g., GraphPad).
  • Prepare results into presentation-quality graphs or illustrations for publication.
  • Prepare manuscripts, reports, reviews, and summaries.
  • Assist in writing, editing, providing feedback for grant proposals and funding applications.
  • Coordinate with lab members to schedule experiments to optimize time and use on high-demand instruments.
  • Present research findings at national meetings.
  • Provide day-to-day laboratory operations oversight to keep lab functioning optimally. Orient new students to the lab. Develop policies, procedures and/or methods for laboratory experimentation, and for ordering supplies. Communicate with lab safety officer to keep students and lab environment safe and compliant. Identify and address issues and deficiencies and implement effective solutions. Schedule and coordinate with vendors and tech support for various laboratory equipment calibration and instrument maintenance or repair.
  • Troubleshoot problems with experiments, equipment, or other issues that may arise.
  • Train and mentor graduate and undergraduate students. Demonstrate laboratory procedures.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

Participate in service contributions to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science programs through serving on appropriate committees.

Participation in appropriate faculty activities (e.g., faculty assembly, department meetings, and faculty committees), professional organizations, and other endeavors is expected.

Qualifications :

  • PhD in Bioengineering, Molecular Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Toxicology, or a related field.
  • A minimum of three (3) years post-doctoral training is desired.
  • Candidate must have prior research experience in preparation and culture of primary renal tubular cells, RT-PCR, Western blotting, as well as research experience in preclinical PK/Tox studies, with a solid record of publication.
  • Bioanalytic experience in using mass spectrometry and HPLC, medicinal chemistry knowledge, and PK/PD modeling are desirable.
  • Skilled in designing and conducting cell biology and molecular biology experiments, preclinical rodent handling, and drug property assay development.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills are a must.
  • Ability to network and provide information to key groups and individuals.
  • Ability to work in collegial environment with co-workers in the lab group.
  • Provide guidance and consultation to resolve issues.
  • Ability to independently perform research in a laboratory setting.
  • Ability to lead research activities and perform various advanced procedures.
  • Skilled in data analysis using spreadsheets and software applications.
  • Ability to diagnose equipment malfunctions.
  • Design research studies and prepare technical reports and manuscripts.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Teamwork skills.
  • Interpersonal skills.

Interested candidates must apply online through the UMB Online Recruitment System and submit an initial application that includes a letter of interest (reference Position Number 05-178-85), curriculum vitae (signed and dated), writing sample, and the name and contact information of at least three references. Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit three letters of recommendation from reviewers external to the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. In addition to applying online, interested candidates may email application materials to:

Yan Shu, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, PH N519

20 N Pine Street, Baltimore MD 21201

Tel: 410-706-7358

Fax: 410-706-0886


Questions regarding this search or to receive more information, please contact Dr. Shu at .

Employees whose job duties require them to work in a clinical setting or at clinical or field sites continue to be subject to the vaccine requirements of those sites. For additional information on protocols and exemptions, please visit the UMB COVID-19 website .

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration of employment without regard of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy.

If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during any part of the employment process, please submit a UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request . You may also contact . Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for a reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

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