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Post-Doctoral Fellow - Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.

Position Summary:

A postdoctoral fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Can E. Senkal in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Broadly, the lab studies the metabolism, regulation, and biological functions of sphingolipids in cancer. The current projects involve mechanistic regulation of ceramide synthase enzymes, roles of sphingolipids in cell death pathways, and identification of ceramide effector/interacting proteins to dissect bioactive lipid signaling pathways.

Required Qualifications:
  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree (preferably recently graduated or with less than two 2 years of post-doctoral experience)
  • The candidates must have hands-on experience in biochemistry, cancer biology, molecular biology, cell biology or other relevant fields
  • The candidates should have excellent verbal and written scientific communication skills with experience in writing manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications
  • Hands-on experience in cancer molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology and/or pharmacology
  • Ability to design and perform experiments, and to analyze and interpret data
  • Ability to maintain detailed documentation through electronic and notebook means
  • Ability to work independently as well as ability to work professionally and efficiently within the research group as a team player
  • Must have a demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion in past experiences or a commitment to do so as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at VCU
Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in bioactive lipid signaling, enzyme biochemistry (enzyme activity assays), and/or protein biochemistry (protein expression and isolation) and structural biology techniques



Interested applicants should e-mail their CV along with a cover letter briefly describing their research accomplishments and current research interests to Can E. Senkal, Ph.D. (can.senkal@vcuhealth.org).

This is a restricted position with no set end date and continued employment is dependent upon project need, availability of funding, and performance.

The School of Medicine continuously strives for our workplace and learning environment
to reflect the demographic and social milieu of the communities we serve. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.


ORP Eligible: Yes

VCU is committed to hiring veterans! VCU will include a veteran's period(s) of military service in the calculation of their annual leave accrual rate. This may provide veterans with an increased leave accrual!

Salary Range: Based on NIH stipend levels



Position Details:

Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Employment Type: PD - Post Doc
Restricted Status: Yes
FTE: 100
Exemption Status: Exempt




Contact Information:

Contact Name: Noah Craig

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